Jade-coloured rivers flow through ancient valleys...The minarets of old Ottoman mosques illuminate the skyline...while the adhaan rings through the Baščaršija.

Pangkor Laut Island resort
Salalah, the hidden gem: a desert oasis

"This entire region is the hidden gem I cannot put behind me. I was fortunate to call Salalah my home for two magical years. And although some time has passed, not a week goes by without some memory or thought returning to remind me of this unequalled countryside..."

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Join us as we uncover lesser known stories about Islam and Muslims' contributions to the world.


Part I – Andalucia: Resurrecting a lost story

The Byzantine ambassador enters through an enormous ebony door, onto a long red carpet that stretches over the marble floor. He begins his walk towards the Sultan’s quarters, past bronze griffins and yet more marble, this time in the form of fountains gushing forth crystal clear water.



Part II – Andalucia: Resurrecting a lost story

He was known as ‘Blackbird’ for his colour and melodious voice, and his name was Ziryab. If, like me, you live in Europe, chances are you may never have heard of him; a man whose legacy is imbued in some of the most fundamental aspects of Western culture.