...But such a transformation has come at a cost. The Washington-based Gulf Institute estimates that 95 per cent of Mecca's millennium-old buildings have been demolished in the past two decades alone. Dozens of key historical sites dating back to the birth of Islam have already been lost and there is a scramble among archaeologists and … Continue reading Islam’s most holy relics are being demolished in Mecca
Dr Jamal Naja meets me in a coffee shop just down the road from his home in Alamuddin Street, a quiet almost mischievous face, greying hair, and he lays – with great care – a black packet on the table in front of him. Tripoli in northern Lebanon is an overwhelmingly Muslim city and Naja … Continue reading Will computers make extinct the last of Islam’s proud and honourable calligraphers?