Islamic Heritage

Blog Post A Fascinating Biography of Jerusalem Tracing Its Evolution into a Global City

This scholarly yet accessible biography describes Jerusalem’s rise to an eternal symbol for the three Abrahamic religions. A book review.

Blog Post Why Are the Trees Surrounding al-Aqsa Mosque Dying?

Trees in the Haram al-Sharif compound are dying. What’s killing them?

Blog Post Crafting Arabesques in Jerusalem

A retired Jerusalemite writer and researcher creates his own Arab architecture museum in Ras al-Amud.

Blog Post The Splendor of Eid al-Fitr in Jerusalem, Despite the Sadness

A deep sadness cloaked the city, but the Eid al-Fitr rites were observed, including visiting the dead and saying prayers for their souls.

Blog Post As It Has for Centuries, Takiyya Khaski Sultan Ensures No Family Goes Hungry during Ramadan

A public soup kitchen in the Old City helps any and all who arrive at its doors.

Blog Post A Ramadan Dawn Prayer: “May God Protect Us from What This Day Has in Store for Us”

New metal gates trigger bad memories of electronic gates in 2017.

Blog Post A Breath of Respite: Impressions of a Local Jerusalemite on the First Day of Ramadan

What was the scene around al-Aqsa Mosque on the first night of Ramadan after months of wartime closures?

Feature Story Islamic Authorities and Community Prepare Warily for Ramadan

As Ramadan approaches, the Waqf Council announces its plans, and Israel sets up new surveillance cameras in holy spaces.