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Fez: the oldest library triumphantly reopens

By: Kareem Shaheen Source: The Guardian The caretaker stares at the wrought iron door and its four ancient locks with a gleam in his eyes. Outside, the Moroccan sun shines down upon the ornate coloured tiles of Khizanat al-Qarawiyyin, located in the old medina of Fez. This, it is widely believed, is the oldest library in the world – and soon it will be open to the general public again. “It was like healing wounds,” says Aziza Chaouni, a Fez native and the architect tasked with restoring the great library. The iron door is found along a corridor that once linked the library with the neighbouring Qarawiyyin Mosque – the two centres of learning and cultural life in old Fez. Inside it were...

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Hajj 2016: 1.8 million pilgrims the smallest number in 10 years

By: Saudi Gazette Source: Jeddah — This year 54.6% male and 45.4% female foreign pilgrims performed Haj, according to a final data released by the General Authority for Statistics (GaStat). Most of the foreign pilgrims arrived by flights (94%), while 5% came through land border crossings, and only 1% came by sea. The number of foreign and domestic pilgrims has come down during the past 10 years. In 2007, more than 1.7 million foreign and 746,511 domestic pilgrims performed Haj, making a total of more than 2.4 million Hajis. However this year, 1,325,372 foreign and 537,537 domestic pilgrims performed Haj, making a total of 1,862,909 Hajis. This is the least number of pilgrims...

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“We’re taking over” Turkey’s Islamic fashion revolution

By: TIM ARANGO Source: The New York Times ISTANBUL — The models, tall and lithe and strutting down the runway to the beat of Moroccan-themed house music, are from Russia and Eastern Europe. They could be displaying the latest designer styles in Paris or New York, but instead they are here, in Istanbul, wearing high heels, flowing tunics and colorful head scarves. The fashion show, part of Istanbul Modest Fashion Week, was held at an Ottoman-era railway station, with old-fashioned train cars and vintage luggage as props. This is not the Islamic fashion of Riyadh or Kabul, nor is it the dark and dreary dress stereotyped in the West. Islamic fashion here is a colorful, creative and joyful...

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