History & Heritage

Samarkand grew up as the most important commercial centre in Central Asia When the famous Muslim traveller Ibn Battuta visited Samarkand, in Uzbekistan, in 1330, he described it as “one of the greatest and finest cities, and most perfect of them in beauty”. He was right! After Tashkent, Samarkand is the second largest city of […]

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Neglected and Lying in Ruins, ‘World’s Smallest Mosque’ cries for attention. Hyderabad: Located a stone’s throw away from the Dargah Hazrath Syed Shah Imaad Uddin Mahmood Al Hussaini, a nondescript structure stands out in front of the scenic hilltop on the banks of Mir Alam tank. This Qutub Shahi structure, popularly known as the Jino-ki-Masjid, […]

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Muslim locals seek Tunis synagogue revival to honour once vibrant Jewish quarter. An unusual structure stands in the middle of the old town of Tunis: the Medina. The rounded top floor distinguishes it from the surrounding buildings. It is freshly painted, and a bright blue awning casts shade on a row of cafe tables outside. […]

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Jahanara Begum defied all stereotypes of being a Mughal Princess. By Sara Bardhan Jahanara Begum defied all stereotypes of being a Mughal princess. Her life neither revolved around the men of the family nor did she spend her days in the harem as a woman was expected to. She was the eldest daughter of Emperor […]

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