Category Archives: Islam

Syria: The Raw Material; by TE Lawrence, 12 March, 1917

The following report, by the officer who became known as Lawrence of Arabia, reveals how what is known today as Syria was, and perhaps still is, a collection of very different groups, divided by mountains; trade; politics; religion; and ethnicity, … Continue reading

Posted in Islam, Kurdistan, Syria, Turkey | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

The invisible Muslims

Kamuran Samar’s first memory of being a Muslim is praying with his family, aged eight. He watched them and, like any other child, wanted in on something he was missing out on. He didn’t understand the Arabic spoken during prayers, … Continue reading

Posted in Islam, Turkey, UK | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

You won’t meet these Muslims in a mosque: the Alevi Cultural Centre and Cemevi, in Ridley Road, Dalston

THE dancers are swirling kaleidoscopes of colour, lost in a beautiful, hypnotic music, while hundreds of Hackney’s men, women and children look on in wonder. The ritual is centuries old and during three hours it builds to a crescendo of … Continue reading

Posted in Hackney, Islam, London, Turkey, UK | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Memories of Iraq: caviar, dust, and jazz dancing

Her earliest memory of Iraq is singing Ring-a-Ring-o’-Roses as a child on the flat roof of her family’s apartment in Baghdad, overlooking a river. Diana Maseyk, now 89, remembers seeing a boy with a tray of buns on his head. … Continue reading

Posted in Iraq, Islam | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment