Photos: Europe’s largest mosque in Cologne, Germany

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SHAFAQNA- Europe’s largest mosque opened in Cologne, Germany by Turkish President last week.       Read more from Shafaqna: Erdogan opened Germany's largest mosque in Cologne Photos:…

10 pct of increase in Iranian hand-woven carpet exports

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SHAFAQNA- The exports of Iranian hand-woven carpet have increased 10% during the first 4 months of the current Iranian fiscal year, according to the head of the National Union of Cooperatives of Iran’s Carpet Manufacturers. The head of…

Iran Commemorates the National Day of Persian Poet Mowlana Rumi

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SHAFAQNA- Iranians commemorate National Mowlavi Day to pay tribute to the renowned 13th century Persian poet on his birthday anniversary. Iranians hold ceremonies in different cities across the country every year, including the capital,…

A look at Muslim women’s fashion exhibit at San Francisco Museum

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SHAFAQNA- Contemporary Muslim Fashions opened at San Francisco Museum on Sept. 22 with about 80 ensembles by nearly 60 designers from around the world, including the Middle East and Southeast Asia including Qatar, Turkey and Indonesia. The…

Canada's First Professional Muslim Theatre Company opens in Montreal

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SHAFAQNA- The Silk Road Theater Company, a Canadian Muslim non-profit organization, open "Canada's first professional theatre company in Montreal to bring diverse stores from within Muslim communities to the stage. The Silk Road Theatre Company…

Ta'ziyeh: play of the war between good and evil

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SHAFAQNA- Ta’zieh, condolence theater or passion play, is a traditional Persian theater, in which actors convey the dramatic events through music and songs. The Ta’zieh plays retail the wars between good and evil where dialogues symbolize…

First Major Muslim Fashion Exhibition to open in San Francisco

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SHAFAQNA - San Francisco’s de Young Museum will host Contemporary Muslim Fashions and  first of its kind for six months from September 26 to January 6, 2019, to showcase the largest display of garments by Muslim and European designers in…

Paintings about Muharram in the World's Museums

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SHAFAQNA:  The current paintings from different museums, display the important month of Muharram, and also its 10th day known as "Ashura Day" which is remembered by Muslims (Shia) community, as the day on which Hussein Ibn Ali was martyred…

The Biggest Handwritten Quran in the World

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SHAFAQNA- Imam Hussain: A Pakistanis man from Faisalabad, has claimed that he has reproduced the world’s largest Quran. Imtiaz Haider handwrote the Quran on a piece of fabric measuring 16-meters long and 2.5-meters wide. The 10-page…

Muharram in "Coffee House" Paintings

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SHAFAQNA: Coffee-House painting is a traditional, narrative style of painting originating in Iran. It focuses on Persian folklore, epic stories as well as religious Shia Martyrology. These types of paintings started as an attempt to distance…

Manuscripts about Imam Ali (A.S) in Tehran Exhibition

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SHAFAQNA- IQNA: Tehran hosted an exhibition of manuscripts about the first Shia Imam, Imam Ali (AS). The Malek National Museum and Library is hosting the expo, titled Amir Raah (commander of the path). It features various handwritten…

The art of rug weaving organized by Al-Kafeel Museum

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SHAFAQNA- Imam Hussain Holy Shrine: In order to maintain and preserve the rare rugs found inside the Al-Kafeel museum, a new rug weaving course was held for the Museum staff at al-Abbas Holy Shrine. Museum Curator  Sadiq Laazem spoke to…

Islamic Architecture of Andalusia

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SHAFAQNA - Islamic Arts: Spain’s Islamic centuries (AD 711-1492) left a particularly rich heritage of exotic and beautiful palaces, mosques, minarets and fortresses in Andalusia, which was always the  heartland of Al-Andalus (as the Muslim-…

The Xi’an Mosque

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SHAFAQNA- Asian Inspirations: The Xi’an mosque is located near the Drum Tower – on 30 Huajue Lane of Xi’an, Shaanxi province, China. It is one of the oldest standing Mosques in China, built around 700 AD. It was further expanded during…

Photos: A Qur’an Stand belonging to 14th Century

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SHAFAQNA - Islamic Arts : This Qur'an stand was made by Hasan [ibn] Zain ibn Sulaiman al‑Isfahani for endowment to a madrasa, or theological college, in the year 1360.  The surface of  this stand has been covered by Three layers of…

Inscriptions on Chinese ‘swatow’ dish, include the word 'Allah'

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SHAFAQNA - Islamic Arts : Coarsely potted and covered with a thick, crackled glaze, this dish belongs to a distinct group of porcelain, the so-called ‘Swatow wares’. Swatow is a Dutch mistranslation of Shantou, the port from which such…

Photos: Wester Mosque in Amsterdam - Netherlands

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SHAFAQNA - Beautiful Mosques : Westermoskee (Dutch pronunciation: [ˌʋɛstərmɔsˈkeː]; Turkish: Ayasofya Camii; English: Western Mosque) is a mosque in Amsterdam in the Netherlands. It is situated on the bank of the canalized river Schinkel…

Medina Azahara inscribed on the UNESCO Heritage List

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SHAFAQNA - The Caliphate city of Medina Azahara which is a medieval Arab Muslim town near the Spanish city of Cordoba remained from the 10th and 11th centuries, was added to the UNESCO List of World Heritage on Sunday. It is the 47th World…

Unity in Diversity– Reflections on Styles in Islamic Art

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SHAFAQNA - Islamic Arts | by Marina Alin : It seems that Western art showed a variation in styles and movements in its history, while Islamic art remained rather stable. Nevertheless, each time and place in Islamic art history has its own signature,…

Photos: 12000-year-old Arnan petroglyphs

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SHAFAQNA - Mehr News Agency | by Abolfazl Mohammadi : Eighty kilometres southwest of Yazd city, in the slate rock of the Arnan height, thirty one rock art petroglyphs (scraped or scratched rock art) figures dating to the stone ages (the Neolithic)…

The floor of Aba al-Fadl al-Abbas (p) holy shrine has covered with an art piece

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SHAFAQNA- Alkafeel Global Network: The completion of covering the floor of the holy shrine of Aba al-Fadl al-Abbas (peace be upon him) with alabaster and its doors open to receive the visitors. An art piece designed with rare alabaster on…

Ghazni: the City of Diverse Islamic Architecture

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SHAFAQNA - Afghan Zariza | By Syed Zafar Mehdi : Known for its diverse Islamic architecture, the city of Ghazni is home to some magnificent mausoleums and minarets that attract a number of visitors from across the world every year. “The…

Photos: The unusual design of Shah-Do Shamshira Mosque

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SHAFAQNA - Islamic Arts : The Shah-Do Shamshira Mosque, the “Mosque of the King of Two Swords”, is located in downtown Kabul along the edge of the Kabul River. It was built in the 1920s by Amanullah Khan (r. 1919-29), who attempted to introduce…

Destinations for the Distinct Artistic Style of Islamic Civilization

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SHAFAQNA - My Salaam : Spanning over 1,400 years and featuring a wide range of domains, from architecture to calligraphy, Islamic art is not just a representation of religious beliefs and events but an artistic movement encompassing many peoples…

Iran cultural exhibition in Algeria

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SHAFAQNA - Mehr News Agency: An Iranian cultural exhibition is currently underway in Algerian city of Balida to get the Algerians familiar with Iran’s culture and art. The cultural exhibition which is held through the efforts of Iran’s…

Naghsh-e Jahan Square: a prime tourist destination in Iran

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SHAFAQNA - Tehran Times : The UNESCO-registered Imam Square has long been full of life thanks to being a prime destination for both domestic and foreign travelers. Best known as Naghsh-e Jahan Sq. (literary meaning “Image of the World”),…

Photos: Lalejin, World Craft City for Pottery

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SHAFAQNA - MNA | by Gholamreza Zanganeh : LALEJIN, Situated in Iran’s Western Hamedan province, Lalejin can be considered the main Iranian city regarding the production of pottery items. Some 20,000 individuals live in the city, 60 percent…

Azerbaijan hosts Iran's National Orchestra

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SHAFAQNA - The performance is scheduled on the occasion of Iran’s cultural week in Azerbaijan. The orchestra will perform various Persian and Azeri music pieces. Fereidun Shahbazian along Tehran Symphony Orchestra is in Russia right…