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Jābir ibn Hayyān (721 – 815)

Apparently Geber even wrote instruction manuals on how to create living creatures. I can’t imagine that would have gone down well in any caliphate, Ummayad or otherwise. Geber was into experimentation which does beg a few questions relating to his assertion about life-giving. I can’t help but wonder how he went about such experiments and whether or not their results might be reproducible. Continue reading

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Civilisation 68: Al-Andalus (Muslim Spain) founded (711)

In 711, Christian Spain became Islamic Al-Andaluse, the home of Christian, Jewish and Muslim philosophers, educators and scientists for almost 800 years. Continue reading

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Civilisation 66: Sunni and Shia

There is tension between Sunni and Shia and it can become extreme but most Muslims prefer not to worry too much about their differences, focussing instead upon their shared similarities. Continue reading

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Civilisation 65: Zaynab bint ‘Ali (626 – 681)

The significance of Zaynab’s family loyalty should not be underestimated. She maintained a direct ancestral link to the Prophet Mohammed, a vitally important blood line for the Shia who believe that only those of Mohammed’s family can lead the Ummah. Continue reading

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Civilisation 64: Caliph Ali (656 – 661)

As Caliph Ali was not universally accepted. It was during his tenure that the first Muslim civil war (fitna) was fought. None the less Ali was very instrumental in defining the nature of Islamic society. Continue reading

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Civilisation 63: Caliph Umar conquers Jerusalem (638)

Arguably Jerusalem remains the symbolic justification for religious conflict between the less peaceful adherents of all three Abrahamic religions to this day Continue reading

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Civilisation 60: ‘Ā’isha b. Abī Bakr (613 – 678)

Reputedly Aisha was Mohammed’s favourite wife after Khadija. She is often referred to as the ‘Mother of believers’. Continue reading

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