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Art of the Qur'an on show at US exhibition

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Manuscripts displayed here date from the Abbasid period in the late 7th century through to the late 17th century under Ottoman and Safavid rulers.
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“The Art of the Qur’an,” The Smithsonian’s Sackler/Freer Galleries’ new exhibition, serves as a timely reminder of the beauty and history of the Qur’an. This is the first major exhibition of Qur’an manuscripts ever held in the US. On display are more than 60 examples of some of the world’s most notable Qur’an manuscripts, and some of the earliest Qur’ans. There are Qur’ans smaller than a cellphone, while others are larger than carpets. Spanning almost 1,000 years of history, the documents originate from locations ranging from Damascus to 17th century Istanbul. Manuscripts displayed here date from the Abbasid period in the late 7th century through to the late 17th century under Ottoman and Safavid rulers. This meticulously organized exhib...
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Mysterious, Stonehenge-like, 1500 year old monument found in Kazakhstan

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The Huns plundered around Asia and Eastern Europe for more than six centuries, between the 1st century AD and the 7th century AD, but also left ...
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Archaeologists have discovered a gigantic, 1,500-year-old stone monument in Kazakhstan. Reminiscent of Stonehenge, the structure covers an area of 300 acres (120 hectares) and might have been created by the Huns.Image credits: Evgeniï BogdanovResearchers from the Mangistaus State Historical and Cultural Reserve in Kazakhstan and the Russian Academy of Sciences were stunned when they realized what they had found.“When the area was examined in detail, several types of stone structures were identified,” archaeologists Andrey Astafiev, of the Mangistaus State Historical and Cultural Reserve; and Evgeniï Bogdanov, of the Russian Academy of Sciences Siberian Department’s Institute of Archaeology and Ethnography, wrote in the journal article.Th...
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The historic mosques of China

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... Turks to Islam, cities in the western province of Xinjiang (sheen-jee-ahn) became important centers of Muslim culture as early as the 10th century.
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Far more intriguing to us were the less-well-known, off-the-beaten-track historic mosques of central and northern China that adopted, adapted and built upon traditional Chinese building designs to meet Islamic needs.  Soon after we met in Beijing, a driver whisked us off for the western Hebei province, northwest of Beijing. Along the three-hour trip, we caught a passing glimpse of the Great Wall before stopping in the city of Zhangjiakou (jang-jea-koo) to visit the Xuanhua (shwen-hwua) North Mosque. There, outside a nearby bookshop, a casual greeting of “as salamu alaykum”-“Peace be with you” in Arabic-was understood with a smile, and it led to an invitation inside: The place was filled with Qur’ans, books and calligraphic inscriptions, ...
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Neues Domizil für Leipzigs Gedächtnis: Grundstein für Stadtarchiv gelegt

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New home for Leipzig memory: foundation stone laid for city archive
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Die ältesten Archivalien stammen aus dem 11. Jahrhundert. Die Magazinkapazität am jetzigen Standort in der Torgauer Straße ist ausgeschöpft.
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The oldest records date from the 11 century. The magazine capacity at the current location in the Torgauer Straße is exhausted.
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Derzeit verfügt das Archiv über 12.000 Regalmeter Geschäftsbücher und Akten sowie elektronische Datenträger, 4.000 Urkunden, rund 360.000 historische Fotos ab 1867 sowie rund 90.000 Karten und Pläne. Die ältesten Archivalien stammen aus dem 11. Jahrhundert. Die Magazinkapazität am jetzigen Standort in der Torgauer Straße ist ausgeschöpft. Das neue Haus bietet mehr Platz für die wachsenden Bestände.„Wir haben lange und gründlich nach einer neuen Unterbringung gesucht. Die Lösung musste zukunftsfähig sein“, betonte Ulrich Hörning, der als Verwaltungsbürgermeister für das Stadtarchiv zuständig ist. „Die Perspektive, welche die LEVG für die Unterbringung des Stadtarchivs geboten hat, ist eine Zukunftsperspektive für das Stadtarchiv und zugle...
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Inside the Medici Chapels, the “Masters of Florence”'s Mausoleum

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This church, one of the oldest in Florence, happened to be the parish church of the Medici, who in the 15th century decided to finance its rebuilding ...
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Gujarati sandals in Baghdad: Challenging a centuries-old text about how Islam came to India

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In his monumental Arabic work, Meadows of Gold and Mines of Gems, the famous 10th century historian and geographer Abu'l Hasan al-Mas'udi tells ...
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In his monumental Arabic work, Meadows of Gold and Mines of Gems, the famous 10th century historian and geographer Abu’l Hasan al-Mas‘udi tells us that the town of Cambay, a busy northern Indian Ocean port of Gujarat, was well known in his native metropolis of Baghdad. But Mas‘udi speaks very specifically here – the busy port town, which he visited, was familiar to people in the Abbasid capital because of the fine sandals it produced and exported. Gujarati sandals in Baghdad? Yes, this little piece of real-life reporting is intriguing, but it is historically significant too. It is significant for opening up many vistas for us, and these vistas bring before our eyes glimpses of medieval India, more than 200 years after the entry of young ...
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Michael Fassbender On Aguilar Of 'Assassin's Creed' Film: “Should I Be Backing This Character?”

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Though the depiction of the 15th-century assassin Aguilar guarantees another memorable role in his career, he expresses reservations about the ...
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Scheduled to hit the movie theaters on December 26, 2016, the first "Assassin's Creed" film adaptation casts Michael Fassbender as the lead actor. But when asked about his own opinion, the actor seemed a bit evasive and not so fond about Aguilar. Michael Fassbender is one of the most popular actors of the decade. His portrayal of Magneto in "X-Men" film series, as well as a sentient android in the science fiction movie "Prometheus," has launched him to greater heights of stardom. Though the depiction of the 15th-century assassin Aguilar guarantees another memorable role in his career, he expresses reservations about the character's significance in the lives of spectators. As far as Michael Fassbender is concerned, Aguilar stands in the '...
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Viking King's ancient site unearthed

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... the stone foundations of a wooden stave church where Haraldsson was likely enshrined after he was declared a saint in the 11th century.
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The Norwegian town of Trondheim where a Viking king burial site has been uncovered.ARCHAEOLOGISTS in Trondheim, Norway have unearthed the church where Viking King Olaf Haraldsson was first enshrined as a saint.Experts working for the Norwegian Institute for Cultural Heritage Research (NIKU) uncovered the stone foundations of a wooden stave church where Haraldsson was likely enshrined after he was declared a saint in the 11th century.Olaf Haraldsson, or Olaf II of Norway, is the country’s patron saint.“This is a unique site in Norwegian history in terms of religion, culture and politics,” said excavation director Anna Petersén, in a press release.“Much of the Norwegian national identity has been established on the cult of sainthood surrou...
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World's Biggest Ever Exhibition of Vatican Art Comes to Moscow

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The largest-ever exhibition of masterpieces from the Vatican's Pinacoteca entitled 'Roma Aeterna. Masterpieces of the Vatican Pinacoteca' now ...
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The largest-ever exhibition of masterpieces from the Vatican’s Pinacoteca entitled ‘Roma Aeterna. Masterpieces of the Vatican Pinacoteca’ now graces the Engineering Building of the Tretyakov Arts Gallery. Never before has such a large exhibition of paintings been allowed outside the Pinacoteca (470). Running from November 25th thru February 19th of 2017, this is an unprecedented display of some of the world’s most coveted artworks. Barbara Jatta, a deputy director of the Vatican Museums, said the museums had never in the past let such a big number of exhibits to be taken for display outside the Pinacoteca. The treasures of the Vatican Museums rarely leave their walls, so that the exhibition will be an event not only for Russia and Europe...
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Dreaming of the Luminous Religion: a Buddhist Christianity that Could have Been

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... the true faith through the guidance of the hermit Barlaam appears in the West in the eleventh century, apparently composed by the monk Euthymios, ...
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Today is one of my favorite days.As pretty much all my friends are told, well, every year, today, the 27th of November in the calendar of the Roman Catholic church as well as for those of the Eastern Churches who follow the revised Julian calendar, this is the feast of Sts Barlaam and Josaphat. The Orthodox who continue to use the Julian calendar observe the feast on 26th of August.Actually, for the most part this holiday is no longer actually observed. The source for the official canonization of Barlaam & Josaphat, a story of the prince Josaphat and his conversion to the true faith through the guidance of the hermit Barlaam appears in the West in the eleventh century, apparently composed by the monk Euthymios, although attributed to the...
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