History

A visit to a historical place/building (Fakr Ad-Din Mosque, Somalia)

A visit to a historical place/building (Fakr Ad-Din Mosque, Somalia)

The Fakr Ad-Din Mosque (Arabic: مسجد فخر الدين زنكي‎), also known as Masjid Fakhr Ad-Din, was erected in the thirteenth century by the first Sultan of Mogadishu and has a formal architectural design. In Mogadishu, Somalia, it is the city’s oldest mosque. It’s in Hama.....

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A visit to a historical place/building (Zawiya of Sidi Bel Abbes, Morocco)

A visit to a historical place/building (Zawiya of Sidi Bel Abbes, Morocco)

In 1605, Sa’dian ruler Abu Faris al-Wathiq (reg. 1603-1609) commissioned the Zawiya of Sidi Bel Abbes or Zaouia of Sidi Bel-Abbès (Arabic: زاوية سيدي بلعباس) in Marrakech to honor a prominent twelfth-century Sufi preacher. In Marrakesh, Morocco, it is an Islamic religious co.....

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A visit to a historical place/building (Tinmal Mosque, Morocco)

A visit to a historical place/building (Tinmal Mosque, Morocco)

In 1153/547 AH, Almohad prince ‘Abd al-Mu’min (reg. 1130-1163) built the Tinmal Mosque or Great Mosque of Tinmal (also written Tinmel or Tin Mal). Tinmal, a tiny town in the Atlas Mountains about 75 kilometers south-southeast of Marrakech, is where it is located. It is one of two mosq.....

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A visit to a historical place/building (Mosque of al-Qarawiyyin, Morocco)

A visit to a historical place/building (Mosque of al-Qarawiyyin, Morocco)

The Mosque of al-Qarawiyyin, located near the Suq al-‘Attarin, or Fez al-Bali Spice Market, is one of the world’s oldest colleges and one of the biggest mosques in Fez, Morocco; it is also known as Al-Karaouine or Al Quaraouiyine. Fatima al-Fahri, the daughter of a wealthy Qayrawani i.....

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A visit to a historical place/building (Ben Youssef Madrasa, Morocco)

A visit to a historical place/building (Ben Youssef Madrasa, Morocco)

The Ben Youssef Madrasa (Arabic: مدرسة ابن يوسف‎; also transliterated as Bin Yusuf or Ibn Yusuf Madrasa), is named after Wattasid king ‘Ali bin Yusuf (reg. 1448-1458/851-861 AH), who ruled Morocco during the mid-fifteenth century. In Marrakesh, Morocco, there is an Islamic mad.....

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Crypto Community Slams ‘Disastrous’ New Amendment to Biden’s Big Infrastructure Bill

Crypto Community Slams ‘Disastrous’ New Amendment to Biden’s Big Infrastructure Bill

Biden’s major bipartisan infrastructure plan has initiated a rare collaboration between Republicans and Democrats, but the proposed changes to cryptocurrency controls are pushing the bill. The administration wants to pay $28 billion of its planned infrastructure costs by tightening tax.....

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A visit to a historical place/building (Kutubiyya Mosque, Morocco)

A visit to a historical place/building (Kutubiyya Mosque, Morocco)

The Kutubiyya Mosque (Arabic: جامع الكتبية‎ Arabic pronunciation: jaːmiʕu‿lkutubijːa(h)), also known as the Koutoubia Mosque, is the second of two nearly identical Kutubiyya mosques erected on the same location in the twelfth century by the Almohad king Abd-al-Mu’min. In M.....

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Syracuse, Sicily, Italy

Syracuse, Sicily, Italy

Syracuse (/ˈsɪrəkjuːs, -kjuːz/; Italian: Siracusa (siraˈkuːza)), is a city on the east coast of Sicily, Italy, 33 miles (53 kilometers) south of Catania. It was ancient Sicily’s most important Greek city. Syracuse was founded in 734 BC by Corinthians headed by the nobleman Archias, a.....

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A visit to a historical place/building (Grand Mosque of Tangier, Morocco)

A visit to a historical place/building (Grand Mosque of Tangier, Morocco)

The Grand Mosque of Tangier is a nineteenth-century structure located in what was once the heart of Tangier’s medina; it is the city’s (Tangier, Morocco) traditional major mosque (Friday mosque). The mosque is on the site of many major religious structures from various civilizations .....

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Ferdinandea Island, between Sicily and Tunisia

Ferdinandea Island, between Sicily and Tunisia

Ferdinandea island (also known as Graham Island, Graham Bank, or Graham Shoal; French: Ile Julia), is a submerged volcanic island 30 kilometers southwest of Sicily that formed part of the massive underwater volcano Empedocles (37°10 N, 12°43 E). It’s a huge rocky platform in the Sicilian .....

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A visit to a historical place/building (Bou Inania Madrasa, Morocco)

A visit to a historical place/building (Bou Inania Madrasa, Morocco)

The Madrasa Bou Inania (Arabic: المدرسة البوعنانية‎, romanized: al-madrasa ʾabū ʿinānīya) is a madrasa in Fes, Morocco, erected in 1350–55 CE by Abu Inan Faris and highly regarded as an exceptional example of Marinid architecture and ancient Moroccan architecture around .....

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A visit to a historical place/building (Bab Doukkala Mosque, Morocco)

A visit to a historical place/building (Bab Doukkala Mosque, Morocco)

The Bab Doukkala Mosque, also known as the Mosque of Bab Doukkala, is a significant Friday mosque in Marrakesh, Morocco. The mosque is next to Riad La Maison Arabe and close to Medina. Lalla Mas’uda bint Ahmad, the mother of Ahmad al-Mansur Dahbi (r. 1578-1603 / 968-1012 AH), built it in 15.....

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