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calligraphy and Epigraphy

Overview page. Subjects: Islam — Bibliography.

A hadith claims that a person who writes beautifully “in the name of God the Merciful, the Compassionate” (the bismillah) will enter paradise. The belief that God's own word, the Quran,...

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Ghazal

Overview page. Subjects: Literary Theory and Cultural Studies — Islam — Society and Culture — Indian Music.

A variety of poetry written in Arabic and Persian. As a musical form, the ghazal has been in vogue in

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Hafiz

Overview page. Subjects: Literature — Islam.

(d. c.1390),

a famous Persian poet and philosopher, born at Shiraz, whose poems sing of love and flowers and wine and nightingales. His principal work is the Divan, a collection of...

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Islam in France

Overview page. Subjects: Islam — Literature.

Islam is the second largest religion in France, and the country has the largest number and percentage of Muslims in western Europe. The majority of Muslims are either immigrants or their...

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Moors

Overview page. Subjects: Islam — Shakespeare Studies and Criticism.

Berbers from Northwest Africa who conquered the Iberian peninsula (711). The word Moor is a Middle French/Middle English term derived from the Latin Maurus, an inhabitant of Mauritania...

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Muqaddimah

Overview page. Subjects: Islam — Literature.

Introduction. Refers to the lengthy introduction to the multivolume philosophical history of civilization, Kitb al-ibar, by Ibn Khaldun (d. 1406). The introduction explores human...

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