Well-preserved fragments of a Koran manuscript dating back some 1,370 years have been discovered in a library at Birmingham University. Written shortly after the death of Muhammed, it’s among the oldest texts of the Islamic holy book in existence.
[F]or Noor Hashem, a Mellon postdoctoral fellow in the Humanities, [G. Willow] Wilson’s Alif is a prime example of how a growing number of Muslim fiction writers are turning to genres like science fiction, fantasy, and comics to navigate Muslim identity and aesthetics in a post-Sept. 11 world.
You probably already knew that Islam was having a scientific golden age during Europe's middle ages, and making tons of scientific and medical discoveries. (Which is why we use words like "algebra.") But you might not know that some of the earliest proto-science fiction came from the Islamic world.
Meet Pakistan's first caped crusader, The Burka Avenger — a new superhero who's promoting girl power in that country. But the new animated character is dressed in a burka, and that's causing no small amount of controversy in Pakistan and abroad.
The Ark of the Covenant is an artifact associated with Jewish, Islamic, and Christian faiths. Depending on the source, the Ark holds the Ten Commandments, a staff that once became a snake, a portion of the Torah, and more.
The first detailed drawings are out for Park 51, aka the Ground Zero Islamic Center (or the "Ground Zero Mosque" to some.) And they look even more futuristic than we'd expected — leading to some comparisons to Superman's crash pad.
Mecca, the Islamic holy city where millions flock every year, is constructing the world's largest clock. It's being built this very minute, but started counting time yesterday for the beginning of Ramadan.
You shouldn't use a verse from the Koran as a ringtone—if you answer halfway through the verse that's bad, according to an Islamic group's fatwa. Not to mention the toilet.
In the Islamic world, you're not a full-fledged devotee until you've made a pilgrimage to the holy city of Mecca. But just because you join 2 million others in the crowded streets of the ancient city of Muhammad's birth doesn't mean you need to go without Wi-Fi, right? A Saudi Arabian ISP has strung up 70 Tropos 5210…