Katsushika Hokusai – The Man Behind the Painting “The Great Wave of Kanagawa”

Although a lot of individuals know and recognize the painting “The Great Wave of Kanagawa”, there might be some that are not familiar with the creator of this painting – Katsushika Hokusai. During his career in art and his lifetime, this eccentric artist managed to produce over 30.000 artworks, however, his most famous one “The … Read more

Kartini – A Symbol of Women’s Rights in Indonesia

One hundred thirty-four years after her birth, the name Kartini still resonates for her determination to improve the status and lives of women. By Annisa R Beta. EVERY APRIL 21ST, women of Indonesia prepare themselves to celebrate the birth of a national heroine. Raden Ayu Kartini continues to be remembered today as a critic of, among … Read more

A Find in Britain: Quran Fragments Perhaps as Old as Islam

By Michael Holden and William James LONDON (Reuters) – Fragments of a Quran manuscript found in a British university library are from one of the world’s oldest surviving copies of the Islamic text, and may even have been written by someone who knew Prophet Mohammad, researchers said. Radiocarbon dating indicated that the parchment folios held by … Read more

In memorial: Benazir Bhutto

Steadfast in her beliefs, she vowed to put her nation first – even before her own family. Jack McGee takes a look back on the life of the former prime minister of Pakistan on the anniversary of her assassination. She is often lambasted as having been un-Islamic, corrupt and out of touch with the people. Such criticism … Read more

Book Review: The Hijab of Cambodia

Farina So’s gripping monograph of the memories of Cham Muslim women after the Khmer Rouge opens Sya Taha’s eyes to their experiences. Stories of gender-based violence, especially in times of conflict, is nothing new. But what pulled me towards this book was the geopolitical situation and demographics of conflict: the Khmer Rouge regime (also known as Democratic … Read more

Britain’s First Muslim Lord in 1869

The first Muslim member of the House of Lords in the United Kingdom was Lord Henry Stanley, a British convert to Islam, in 1869. Henry Edward John Stanley, 3rd Baron Stanley of Alderley and 2nd Baron Eddisbury (11 July 1827 – 11 December 1903), was a historian who translated The first voyage around the world by … Read more

The Abrahamic Cousins: Judaism, Christianity and Islam

These three faiths have more in common than meets the eye, writes Alayna Ahmad. The three largest monotheistic faiths – Judaism, Christianity and Islam – are undoubtedly related. All claim their descent from the patriarch Ibrahim, who is referred to as khaliilaan (An-Nisa’ 4:125), from which comes his title of Khalilullah, or ‘friend of Allah’. The … Read more

Extremely rare photos of Muslims in history

From George Lincoln Rockwell attending a Nation of Islam summit in 1961 to Bosnian Muslims having a prayer in 1943, these are extremely rare photos of Muslims in history you don’t really want to miss. Rare photos from the Ottoman Empire These rare pictures give an insight into life in Ottoman Istanbul more than a … Read more