Masada

Ancient fortress and a national symbol for Israel. Masada has a legendary status in Israeli mentality. Here the fight for Israeli and Jewish independence was...

PLO – Palestine Liberation Organization

Arabic: munazzamat 'at-tahrīr filistīnīya The organization that has worked as the official representative for the Palestinian people, and is now the leading force of Palestine. PLO is...

Sargon

Mesopotamia / Kings / Also commonly used: Sargon of Akkad and Sargon the Great Akkad of Sargon King of ancient Mesopotamia, reigning ca. 2334-2279 BCE, 55 years. His byname was Sargon of Akkad, the kingdom...

Ottoman Empire – Rise and fall, explanations

Contents INTRODUCTION 1. Organization 2. Rulers 3. Demography and Culture 4. Rise and Fall: Explanations 5. History Ottoman Empire: The Topkapi palace in Istanbul. While it is difficult to find exact reasons for the rise of the...

Almoravids

Arabic: 'al-murābitūn             The Great Mosque of Tlemcen, Algeria.       The Almoravid koubba in Marrakech, Morocco. Rulers of the lands of Morocco, Mauritania, northern Algeria, large parts of Spain, and southern Portugal, through the 11th...

Algeria travel guide

This is an online travel guide for foreign visitors to Algeria, allowing you to see all of the countries from your own computer and...

Hadith

Islam / Theology / Arabic: hadīth (sing.) 'ahadīth (pl.) Sharia Madhhab Schools, or directions of Sharia. Hanafi Hanbali Maliki Shafi'i All above are Sunni. Jafari Shi'i school. Sources Sunna Hadith Isnad Sira Fiqh Methods of Sharia. Qiyas Ijma Ijtihad Ra'y Bid'a Sunni hadiths Bukhari 846 Muslim ibn al-Hajjaj 860? Abu Da'ud 870? Ibn Majah 870? An-Nasa'i 880? Tirmidhi 880? Shi'i hadiths Kulayni 920? Saduq 970? Nahj al-Balagha 1000? Ibadi hadiths Ar-Rabi' ? Al-Warijlani ? Collections of the words and works...

Qom

Persian: qum The Hazrat-e Masumeh in Qom. Photo: Laura e Fulvio. Qom The Fatima al-Masumeh Shrine. Photo: Ninara.         The Hazrat-e Masumeh along the river. City in Iran with 850,000 inhabitants (2005 estimate), situated in central Iran,...

Umayyad

Islam / Caliph / Other spelling: Ummawiyy, Ummayyad In Islam, the ruling dynasty of the Caliph, during the period 661-750, altogether 89 years. The Umayyads were located most of the time...

Battle of Siffin

Arabic: siffīn Battle of 657, fought between the forces of Caliph Ali and troops of Mu'awiyya, governor of Damascus. The scene, the field of Siffin, was near modern Raqqa in northern Syria, and the...

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