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Reading Darwin in Arabic, 1860-1950

In Reading Darwin in Arabic, Marwa Elshakry questions current ideas about Islam, science, and secularism by exploring the ways in which Darwin was read in Arabic from the late 1860s to the mid-twentieth century. Borrowing from translation and reading studies and weaving together the history of science with intellectual history, she explores [...]

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The Meaning of Eid-Ul-Fitr

Mudassar Aziz looks at the meaning of the Arabic name ‘Eid-ul-Fitr’ which is the celebrations Muslims offer at the end of Ramadan.   He reads from Chapter 110, verse 3 of The Holy Quran and takes a deeper look at the words to determine the true meaning of the name and why it is important for all Muslims to understand what [...]

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[Video] New Technology

How should it be determined what is haraam (an arabic word meaning ‘forbidden’) and what is not? This question was out to us as a consequence of a web casting of a funeral which took place in the UK allowing people from all over the world to take part. The Promised Messiah’s solution was to say that we should look at the [...]

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Arabic-English Dictionary of Qur’anic Usage

This eighty-fifth volume in Brill’s Handbook of Oriental Studies Series attempts to fulfill the long-standing need for an Arabic-English dictionary of Qur’anic usage. Adding an important resource for the study of the Qur’an, the Dictionary is distinguished by many features: It brings to English-speaking readership contextualized [...]

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