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Feature: The legacy of the medieval polymath Avicenna has offered Iranians an opportunity to engage with the intersection of their Islamic and Persian heritages, writes Austin Bodetti.

With a mission to spread a liberal form of Islam, a mosque where men and women pray side by side has opened its doors in Berlin, complete with female imams.

Despite being 'Othered', Islam belongs in Europe

Usaid Saddiqui

Despite being 'Othered', Islam belongs in Europe

Comment: Islam has had a long and rich history in Europe, but peddling it as an imported and dangerous entity creates a harmful "us versus them" attitude says Usaid Saddiqui

Morocco's al-Qarawiyyin library: Renovating a hidden cultural masterpiece

The New Arab & agencies

Morocco's al-Qarawiyyin library: Renovating a hidden cultural masterpiece

As Morocco prepares to restore one of the oldest cultural centres in the world, many are hoping that the privileges of using the magnificent ...

Merchants of religion and the Garden of the Assassins

Helmi al-Asmar

Merchants of religion and the Garden of the Assassins

The religious extremists of today are a throwback to Alamut and modern Islamic scholars must work hard to counter the jihadists' abuse of ...

Mohammad al-Asaad

Ibn Rushd in his darkest hour

Despite his philosophical brilliance Ibn Rushd was banished and his writings burnt.

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