Saturday, April 25, 2015

Morocco Says Goodbye to Author and Historian Abdelhadi Tazi 1921-2015

Inna lilahi wa inna ilayhi raji'un.
On April 2nd, Si Abdelhadi Tazi (almarhum) returned to his Lord.
He was a prolific Moroccan author and historian. There are few articles about him in English, but  here is a link to his English language wiki.  We still hope to get a copy of his three volume set on the history of the Qarawiyyin mosque-university one day.

The ISESCO website writes:
Dr Abdelhadi Tazi  was described was one of the Muslim world’s eminent historians and academics who maintained a close interest in Morocco’s diplomatic history, publishing a master reference book on this matter. He was also particularly interested in Ibn Battuta’s journey and produced a critical edition offering new and corrected readings in this explorer’s extensive travels. “With the death of Dr Abdelhadi Tazi, the academic community lost one of its prominent figures and a historian who greatly contributed through his scholarly works to the sphere of knowledge,” added Dr Abdulaziz Othman Altwaijri, the Director General of the Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ISESCO).

Sunday, April 19, 2015

The Reconquest of the Mosque of Cordoba - a part of Moroccan Cultural History

 Here is a well written piece on the mosque-cathedral of Cordoba and the tension around Muslims and Islamic history in Spain.  We generally put the opening paragraphs of an article below, but due to the sensitivities of the parent publication, you will have to follow the links for the article. Its well worth it.
credit: Peter Millett

The Reconquista of the Mosque of Córdoba

By Eric Calderwood

Spain’s most famous mosque is at the center of a dispute between activists seeking to preserve its Muslim heritage, and the Catholic Church, which has claimed it as its own. The result could determine the future of Islam in Europe.