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Konya looked beautiful, covered in a long white dress of snow. Snow hung from branches of trees like works of art. By Mohammad Mahdi Thus it was destined for me. My first trip abroad took me to a place where two geographies, two continents and two cultures converge: Turkey. It was an amazing trip! I […]

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Istanbul is known for its street food culture. With sunset, popular restaurants set up dining tables and chairs on the sidewalks. Delicious, inexpensive, hot, off the oven, the variety is limitless and taste awesome Text and pics by Maqbool Ahmed Siraj Turkey baffles an average traveler endlessly. Where does it stand, in Europe or Asia? Geographically it […]

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A university teacher leads a group of students to Andalusia to explore cross-cultural and interfaith understanding. Saadane Benbabaali is an Algerian academic whose ancestors came from what is now the southern Spanish region of Andalusia. He has retired from teaching literature and Arabic at Paris University III. But for 15 years, Benbabaali has led groups […]

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We followed the Beas, sometimes losing its sight at a turn and then finding it flowing right beside us, making our hearts skip a beat! By Zehra Afreen I woke up in a bus, suddenly unable to discern my surroundings. I sat up. Rubbing the foggy window with my sleeve, I peered out. Green farms […]

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The first mosque was built in Japan in the city of Kobe. The Kobe Mosque was built in 1935 with the contributions of Indian, Tatar and Japanese financial support. By Dr Sameen Ahmed Khan Recently, I was in Tokyo the capital of Japan to participate in the 24th Congress of the International Commission for Optics […]

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Órgiva, located approximately 60km southeast of Granada and tucked away in the Alpujarra mountain region, is an extraordinary place. The small town’s population is just under 6,000 – but amazingly, this comprises 68 nationalities By Inka Piegsa-Quischotte “My name,” said the lady, clad from headscarf to sandals in shades of pink and purple, “is Bahia, […]

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The City-state’s iron grip on people allows it to maintain the inter-racial harmony and ensure prosperity. Malika B. Mistry The most indelible impression an Indian could carry from a visit to Singapore is that we need to learn a lot from the tiny island city-state. If one desires to see how governance could regulate a […]

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Cairo’s Old City dates back to the seventh century C.E., when Islam entered the region. It is an archaeologist’s treasure-trove and an anthropologist’s delight-cum-nightmare. By Yoginder Sikand Cairo, many people who haven’t been there, imagine, is simply where the pyramids of Giza and the enormous Sphinx are. But there’s much more to the city than […]

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The people of Isfahan are friendly and affectionate. Their hospitality overwhelmed me and as I boarded the plane from Tehran to return home, I carried pleasant memories of not only the ancient churches, mosques and bazaars, but also the ever smiling faces of the people. I visited Iran in July 2012, to participate in the “World Conference on Women and Islamic […]

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