Iraq Diaries: Eye-Opener That Dismantled Eurocentrism 

A spirit of openness was fostered in what is now Iraq under the patronage of Abbasid rulers, who led from the front in their pursuit of knowledge at the peak of the Islamic Golden Age

Iraq Diaries: Remnant Of Golden Age, One Of World’s 1st Varsities

A tapering gateway of inscriptions and geometric themes now leads to Mustansiriya University, one of the world’s oldest universities which survived the Mongol onslaught, floods, and manmade and natural calamities that claimed much of Baghdad’s heritage over centuries 

Abdul Qadir Gilani: Saint Watching Over Baghdad’s Island Of Calm

Sunnis, Shias, Kurds, and Christians continued living cheek by jowl rebuffing the toxic mix of religion and politics inside the warrens of Bab al-Sheikh, drawing inspiration from the 12th-century saint Sheikh Abdul Qadir Gilani, whose final resting place is located there By Sameer Arshad Khatlani In 2006, a bomb ripped through the Askari Mosque in … Continue reading Abdul Qadir Gilani: Saint Watching Over Baghdad’s Island Of Calm

World’s Biggest Islamic Org Seeks Caliphate Alternative

Nahdlatul Ulama cited ISIS’s attempt to create a so-called caliphate in Iraq and Syria and said it will inevitably be disastrous and contrary to the purposes of sharia—the protection of religion, human life, sound reasoning, family, and property