Category Archives: History

London’s Muslim Mayor is nothing New: 1300 yrs of Muslims who Ran Major European Cities – Juan Cole

The press is declaring Sadiq Khan, victor in the electoral contest for mayor of London, the “first Muslim mayor of a major European city.” They mean of course, something like ‘the first Muslim mayor of a really big Western European … Continue reading

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The Muslims who shaped America – from brain surgeons to rappers

What have Muslims ever done for America? If your sole source of information were Donald Trump, you’d think that the answer was not much – apart from murdering its citizens and trying to destroy its values. The Republican presidential hopeful … Continue reading

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‘Oldest’ Koran fragments found in Birmingham University – BBC – 22 Jul.15

What may be the world’s oldest fragments of the Koran have been found by the University of Birmingham. Radiocarbon dating found the manuscript to be at least 1,370 years old, making it among the earliest in existence. The pages of … Continue reading

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Who Should be Blamed for Muslim Terrorism? by ANDRE VLTCHEK

A hundred years ago, it would have been unimaginable to have a pair of Muslim men enter a cafe or a public transportation vehicle, and then blow themselves up, killing dozens. Or to massacre the staff of a satirical magazine … Continue reading

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The Myth of Abraham and America’s Allegiance to Israel by GARY LEUPP

Karl Marx once observed that ancient Greek art, rooted in Greek mythology, still constituted for modern people “a source of aesthetic enjoyment and in certain respects prevails as the standard and model beyond attainment.” He asked: “Why should the social childhood … Continue reading

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Sweden, Palestine and the United States by ROBERT FANTINA

Sweden’s new Prime Minister, Stefan Lofven, has announced that that nation will be the first of the European Union to grant official recognition to Palestine. To date, 134 of the 193 member states of the United Nations recognize Palestine. This … Continue reading

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A Dear Jon (Voight) Letter About Gaza and the History of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

Dear Jon Voight, We write to you as admirers of your work for many years. We are also professors of modern Middle Eastern studies, specializing on the history and contemporary realities of Israel, Zionism and Palestine, and between the two of us, we have … Continue reading

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The Pakistan zeitgeists: A nation through the ages By Nadeem F. Paracha

The searching 50s Pakistan was carved out from the rest of India in August 1947. It was made up of the region’s Muslim-majority areas on the west and east sides of colonial India. The creation of Pakistan had been the … Continue reading

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Liberating Syria – Franklin Lamb

It is clear that the Syrian public and their officials, in all 14 of the country’s governorates, are committed to the complete restoration of their nation’s peerless and incomparable archaeological heritage sites as soon as security conditions permit.

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Nakba Day – Israelis Forced to Confront a Guilty Secret by JONATHAN COOK

For 66 years Israel’s founding generation has lived with a guilty secret, one it successfully concealed from the generations that followed. Forests were planted to hide war crimes. School textbooks mythologised the events surrounding Israel’s creation. The army was blindly … Continue reading

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