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The Mongol sacked Baghdad in 1258 and there was further pillage of this city by the Turkic conqueror Tamerlane in the following century. In less than a century, the Mongol conquerors..

World War II In accordance with its treaty of alliance with Britain, Iraq broke off diplomatic relations with Germany early in September 1939 and during the first few months of..

Albania today: Today Albania is surrounded by Italy, Greece, Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia. Almost 4 million Albanians live in the Republic of Albania. Another 2 million live..

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Albania under siege -I

Geographical facts: Albania (Albanian Shqipëria, “Country of the Eagle”), is a republic in southeastern Europe, and it is officially known as the Republic of Albania. Albania lies along the northwestern edge of the Balkan Peninsula, with a total area of 28,748 sq km (11,100 sq mi). The greatest distance from north to south is about 345 km (about 215 mi) and from east to west about 150 km (about 95 mi). Albania is a mountainous country in which about 70 percent of.. More

Darfur clouds over UN Assembly

The hope, the fear, the disappointment in the United Nations in the run-up to the 61st General Assembly could be summed up in one word - Darfur. The hope was represented by a huge rally for Darfur in New York's Central Park on Sunday, as leaders and diplomats assembled for the annual UN gathering. Tens of thousands who demonstrated against the continued killing in Sudan hope that the United Nations in the time honored phrase 'can do something'. The fear is.. More

The ugly face of Israeli checkpoints

There is a bottleneck of people at the small entrance to Endless Checkpoints, a recently opened photography exhibition in Tel Aviv. To get into the main exhibition hall, where pictures of daily strife at a series of West Bank checkpoints are exhibited, visitors must first pass a TV screen showing footage of the Qalandiya checkpoint. And here is where they stop.  Hundreds of Palestinians are depicted waiting to reach the inspection point, squashed, flanked by wire.. More

Israeli exit to boost Gaza economy

As the Israeli disengagement from the Gaza Strip draws to a close, hopes for economic prospects in this impoverished, strife-torn land have been renewed. Already, the EU has pledged investments in Gaza, with 700-800 million euros of mainly infrastructure projects by June, according to Antoine Eric de Haulleville, head of the EU's International Management Group mission in Palestine. The US government transfered 50 million US dollar to the Palestinian Authority in.. More

Moroccans abroad asked to invest

Morocco wants to lure back its citizens living abroad to reverse a brain drain and reduce poverty, but many say they have worked hard to carve out a life in Europe and to return would be a leap into the unknown. The three million Moroccans living abroad represent around 10 per cent of the country's resident population and their money transfers are its biggest foreign currency source after tourism. An official report early this year said Morocco must create 400,000 jobs annually.. More

Milestones in global Islamic Banking

The Islamic Financial Services Board (IFSB) is an association of central banks and monetary authorities, and other institutions launched by the Malaysian Prime Minister, Dr Mahathir Mohamad, in Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia) on 3 November 2002, for the regulation and supervision of the Islamic financial services institutions. It is the foundation for the promotion of a sound and stable Islamic financial system that will pave the way for its successful integration as a viable.. More

Malaysia: Islamic economic tiger

The heritage of Islam in science and arts is clear evidence that Islamic concepts are compatible with the present and future aspirations of the Muslims. The success of Malaysia in building a vibrant economy and a cohesive national identity from a patchwork of cultures has shown that Islam guides its believers toward knowledge, progress, tolerance and good governance. Malaysia has proved that Islam is as reGreater Syria today as it was 14 centuries ago. Because of the Malaysian.. More

All roads lead to checkpoints

There may have been a period when all roads led to Rome, but for the Palestinian people, all roads lead to checkpoints. The latest checkpoint Palestinians find themselves at is not manned by Israel but rather the ostensible mediator of the Israeli-Palestinian peace process, the Quartet (which is comprised of the US, Russia, the European Union and the United Nations). Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas came to this latest checkpoint on behalf of the Palestinian.. More

Bosnians decry genocide ruling

    Bosnian Muslim and Croat leaders have voiced disappointment at the International Court of Justice's decision to clear Serbia of genocide in Bosnia, while Serbs have expressed relief at the verdict. The highest UN court said Serbia had not planned or carried out in the 1995 Bosnian Serb massacre of 8,000 Muslims at Srebrenica. But it said Serbia had violated its obligation to prevent and punish genocide. Haris Silajdzic, a Bosnian Muslim leader, said: "It.. More

Kyrgyzstan: Debate on legalized polygamy continues

The debate on legalizing polygamy has returned to Kyrgyzstan. The issue has come before the parliaments of all the Central Asian states -- Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan. Polygamy is practiced in all parts of Central Asia. For centuries Islamic law guided how societies in this region behaved and polygamy was a traditional part of life for many. Soviet authorities could not totally eradicate the practice during the Communist era and, since.. More

Kosovo talks end in deadlock

    After more than 13 months of talks, Serbian and ethnic Albanian leaders have failed to reach a compromise on the future of the disputed province of Kosovo. The two sides were discussing a UN proposal that offers the trappings of statehood, including a constitution, flag and national anthem, under a draft but does not mention formal independence. The plan was welcomed by the ethnic Albanians of Kosovo but was flatly rejected by Belgrade. "There was no real.. More

Muslims' position towards the Danish insulting cartoons

Question: What is the solution to the Danish cartoon that was done in Europe? How should a Sunni Muslim from the USA think about these heathens! Fatwa: All perfect praise be to Allah, The Lord of the Worlds. I testify that there is none worthy of worship except Allah, and that Muhammad, sallallaahu alayhi wa sallam, is His slave and Messenger. Every Muslim should know that the defamation about the religion and mocking the Prophet, sallallaahu alayhi wa sallam, which happened.. More

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Glossary of Hajj and Umrah terms

Abtah: A place formed after flood, which is usually level and containing no pebbles or stones. The term is given to every place that becomes leveled by a water stream. It is also Al-Abtah, Al-Bat-haa... More

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