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With a mission to spread a liberal form of Islam, a mosque where men and women pray side by side has opened its doors in Berlin, complete with female imams.

Comment: Islam has had a long and rich history in Europe, but peddling it as an imported and dangerous entity creates a harmful "us versus them" attitude says Usaid Saddiqui

Morocco's al-Qarawiyyin library: Renovating a hidden cultural masterpiece

The New Arab & agencies

Morocco's al-Qarawiyyin library: Renovating a hidden cultural masterpiece

As Morocco prepares to restore one of the oldest cultural centres in the world, many are hoping that the privileges of using the magnificent al-Qarawiyyin library becomes open to all.

Merchants of religion and the Garden of the Assassins

Helmi al-Asmar

Merchants of religion and the Garden of the Assassins

The religious extremists of today are a throwback to Alamut and modern Islamic scholars must work hard to counter the jihadists' abuse of ...

Ibn Rushd in his darkest hour

Mohammad al-Asaad

Ibn Rushd in his darkest hour

Despite his philosophical brilliance Ibn Rushd was banished and his writings burnt.

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