Articles (Sociology)

Arabesque: A Genuine Arabian Abstract Art
(Science and Art)

Ever since the Stone Age, Man has used geometrical decorations in nearly all civilizations because of his innate tendency towards abstraction. During the Islamic-Arab civilization, geometrical decoration gained a unique persona and importance; it became the principal design element that covered wide areas.

The Arabs and the Establishment of Hospitals
(Human Civilization)

From the early ages to this day, medicine has experienced a huge development; each civilization has made its own contribution to the development of medicine and health care practices. Arab scientists, who were once widely known for their excellence in all fields of science, significantly improved medical care. With their mastery in chemistry, biology, and dissection, Muslim physicians proved their abilities in all the fields of medicine.

Ancient Egypt in Medieval Arabic Writings
(Human Civilization)

It is often assumed that Arabs/Muslims tended to destroy pagan monuments of pre-Islamic cultures. However, the reality is different, as such destruction was rare and exceptional. As a matter of fact, the famous historian Al-Baghdadi expressed his admiration for Muslim kings in protecting such monuments.

The Magician of Medicine: Abu Bakr al-Razi
(Scientists and Inventors)

Al-Razi, known as “Rhazes” in the West, was a physician, philosopher, and scholar who made fundamental contributions to many scientific fields, especially medicine, pioneering in the fields of pediatrics, obstetrics, and ophthalmology. A special feature of his medical system was that he favored cure through correct and regulated food, avoiding excessive use of chemical drugs. Moreover, he tested remedies on animals in order to evaluate their effects before using them on humans.

A Surgeon for All Times: Abu al-Qasim Al-Zahrawi
(Scientists and Inventors)

The pioneer of modern surgery, known in the West as “Abulcasis”, Abu al-Qasim Al-Zahrawi was not just a pioneer in surgical innovation; he was also a great teacher whose medical texts had shaped the European surgical procedures up until the Renaissance and later.

Mostafa Mahmoud: A Thinking Phenomenon
(Scientists and Inventors)

Mostafa Kamal Mahmoud is an Egyptian scientist, thinker, author, and philosopher known for his role in bridging science and religious faith. He was trained as a doctor, but later chose a career as a journalist and author, traveling widely and writing on many subjects related to the philosophy of science and religion.

Arab Psychiatry in Medieval Times and Its Impact on Humanity
(Human Civilization)

Psychological disorders are as old as Man himself. In Ancient Times, it was believed they happened due to supernatural powers, evil spirits, and black magic. Consequently, they were treated by charms, amulets, and spells, according to the spiritual and social beliefs.

Food Sharing Programs
(Agriculture, Food, and Nutrition)

Every Wednesday morning Mr. Günther, an old helpless man living in an outskirt of Berlin, wakes up in the morning, wears the nicest thing he has, carries his big basket, and heads to the weekly central food-sharing gathering in his area. After the gathering, Mr. Günther comes back home with a smile on his face and a basket full of fresh and delicious food enough for one week until the next gathering, all for free. I had the pleasure meeting Mr. Günther during my short stay in Berlin. As a person who lived in Egypt for a lifetime, I was quite impressed by the strictly systemized and regulated German food-sharing system. As we rode together on the train, Mr. Günther explained how the system works.

Gandhi: Gentle Strides of Peace

Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi was born in India, in 1869. He was an exceptionally goodhearted person and because of that people called him Mahatma Gandhi, “Mahatma” meaning “great soul”.

Helen Keller: The Creation of a Miracle

The eyes and the ears are human beings’ most valuable possessions that keep them connected to the world.

Bloodstain Pattern Analysis
(Science Everywhere)

The success or failure of any criminal investigation often depends on the recognition of physical evidence left behind at a crime scene and the proper analysis of that evidence.

Ecosystems in Egypt: Challenges and Opportunities
(Environment and Climate Change)

Egypt is a land of exquisite—but fragile—ecosystems, such as The Red Sea coral reef, the wetlands bordering the Nile freshwaters, the bitter lakes, and the coastal lagoons.

Immortal Cells
(Health and the Human Body)

All humans are made of the same organs, but we are all unique. One of the greatest features of humanity is each person’s individuality, and this can extend even to your cells. One such individual with cells like no other is Henrietta Lacks.

Inventions that Changed the Course of History: The Rocket
(Human Civilization)

Throughout history, there has been confusion between the words rocket and missile. A rocket generally refers to a device, which after launch, is recovered using a parachute or streamer. A missile is defined as a flying device which is not recovered.

Agriculture and Civilization
(Agriculture, Food, and Nutrition)

Only with agriculture did humans really become humans. It is when Man lifted himself out of the savage life of foraging: living in caves, searching for food from dawn until dusk, chasing beasts or being chased by them, always hungry and worried where to find the next meal.

Inventions that changed the Course of History: Dynamite
(Human Civilization)

Almost everyone knows the story behind the Nobel Prize. We know how Alfred Nobel’s invention of dynamite made him feel obliged to create an icon of peace that neutralizes the unintentional evil uses of his invention.

Inventions that changed the Course of History: The Engine
(Human Civilization)

Ever since the dawn of history and until maybe the late 18th century, all sources of energy available for mankind were confined to human strength, animals, wind energy, and water energy. 

An Inconvenient Truth
(Environment and Climate Change)

An Inconvenient Truth is a 2006 provocative documentary on global warming directed by Davis Guggenheim.

Esperanto: A Universal Language
(Human Civilization)

Would it not be amazing if we all had a shared language? 

The Last of His Tribe
(Human Civilization)

Cooking for one, hunting for one, taking care of your house by yourself, having no one to talk to because no one speaks your language; this is the life a man leads in the heart of the Amazon rainforest. He is the last of his tribe.

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