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Medina: The City of the Prophet

In the year 622, Prophet Muhammad escaped an attempt of assassination by fleeing to Yathrib (present-day Medina). This event was soon called hijra and the second caliph, Umar, marked it as the first year of the Islamic Calendar (Hijri Calendar). 428 more words


Travels in Azerbaijan: Quba and Xinaliq

Being both longer and higher than the Alps, the Caucasus is difficult to describe in a nutshell. It reaches across Eurasia from the Black Sea to the Caspian, has a complex geological make up and around fifty plus ethnically diverse people, and, isolated as some parts of it are, many of them have their own specific genetic make up and language. 1,795 more words


Travelogue: Umrah 2015 - Part 4: Ziyaraat in Medina

Medina is a historically important city. After Hijra, Medina was the first city where Muslims ruled. Many important events of Muslim history took place in this city. 345 more words


Winter Trip in the Regions Part II: Xınalıq and Laza

Aside from getting lost and acting as pawns in Fuad’s matchmaking games (as described in Part I), Dana and I were intent on visiting two remote villages, so remote that no one I talked to in Baku had been there, or really even thought about them as destinations worth noting. 1,423 more words

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Winter Trip in the Regions Part I: Quba

Good God, Hayley, another post that begins with “Part I”? You bet! A week after I returned from Hong Kong (described at great length in these posts: … 1,571 more words

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Hate in the Aftermath of Chapel Hill

In 2012, the American Muslim community experienced one of the biggest upticks of violence and harassment that the community has ever seen. Eleven years removed from 9/11, there was a seemingly unexplainable rash of attacks against mosques, including… 1,227 more words

Quba / Guba

Visited January 2015

Transportation: Bus from Baku bus station to Quba bus station, 2.60 AZN. **Note: there must be a new bus station since the publication of Mark Elliott’s Azerbaijan guidebook since it is NOT right in town as pictured in the map but at least a 45 min-1 hour walk outside of town** 100 more words