Tag Archives: Arabic language

The Filāḥa Texts Project: Medieval Books of Crop and Animal Husbandry

After some months, The Kutub al-Filāḥa - or Books of [Arabic] Husbandry – is back online and with  new materials.  It is the only source (I’m aware of) that has been systematically documenting medieval Arabic manuscripts on these topics – and … Continue reading

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City States in the Sahel: Pre-European Kingdoms of West Africa – Part 1

With the current efforts of France to address the efforts of Islamists in northern Mali, I am revising and reposting this blog on Sahelian history.    Introduction: Recent events in the West African Sahel by way of food crises, religiously … Continue reading

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أم كلثوم; Umm Kultūm – ‘al-Sitt’ (the Lady of Egypt)

37 years ago, on the 3rd February, the great Egyptian diva and songwriter – Umm Kalthum – died, well into her 70s.  Last night BBC Worldservice  aired a brief program about her, which you can download here. This remarkable woman, … Continue reading

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