El Ghriba synagogue in Djerba, Tunisia

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World Muslims Prepare for Eid Al-Adha Festival

Muslims prepare for the “Feast of the Sacrifice” that they consider the most important holiday in the Islamic calendar, which commemorates God‘s gift of a ram in substitute for Abraham‘s impending sacrifice of his son

Abraham didn’t kill his son. God tested him to see if he was willing to obey anything God told him to do. God provided a ram for the sacrifice at the last moment and Abraham didn’t have to kill his own son.

The Museum of Islamic Art


This short film takes a brief look at the collective preparation it took multiple teams from both MIA and LACMA to host this wonderful exhibition about Gifts of the Sultan: The Arts of Giving at the Islamic Courts at the Museum of Islamic Art.


Gifts of the Sultan: The Arts of Giving at the Islamic Courts focuses on a practice shared by all cultures—gift exchange—and the delight in receiving gifts and satisfaction in performing acts of generosity. Bringing together over 200 objects associated with the great Islamic courts from Spain to India, this exhibition is the first systematic investigation of the impact of gift giving, for diplomatic to personal to pious purposes, on the development of Islamic art.

Made of rare and precious materials and commissioned from the best artists and craftsmen of the day, these gifts have “Life Stories” just under their surfaces, including narratives of intricate making, thoughtful sharing, and extensive traveling.
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10km Swimming Marathon to Set Olympic Record‎

Tunisia‘s Oussama Mellouli survived a late surge from his rivals to win the men’s 10km swimming marathon on Friday and become the first person to hold Olympic titles in both pool and open water races.

Mellouli broke clear at the start of the last lap and clung on in the final stages to hold off Germany‘s Thomas Lurz and Richard Weinberger of Canada.

The Tunisian, who also came third in the 1500m freestyle on Sunday, finished 3.4sec ahead of Lurz in a superb time of 1hr 49min 55.1sec at a sun-soaked Hyde Park.

World champion Spyridon Gianniotis of Greece finished just outside the medals in fourth place, with Great Britain’s Daniel Fogg fifth.

Mellouli’s victory represented yet another milestone for the pioneering 28-year-old.

In 2008 in Beijing, three months after returning from an 18-month doping ban, he became the first African man to win an Olympic gold swimming medal when he topped the podium in the 1500m freestyle.

He is the second man to have tasted victory in the Olympic open water swimming marathon, after Dutchman Maarten van der Weijden won the inaugural event in Beijing four years ago.

Mellouli also collected a bronze in the 1500m at these Games last weekend.

“I don’t think this has ever been done before. This is probably one of the toughest things to do,” he said

Romantic Summer Destinations

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“It’s great to get away to a place where there are few activities besides walking around and exploring and relaxing together. On trips like this, John and I remember why we like each other so much!” says New Jersey resident Jeanellen Vapsva, who hopes to re-create a romantic kid-free weekend she and her husband

UK Relationship

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This weekend marks the first anniversary of the Tunisian Revolution, which triggered the momentous events across the region now known as the Arab Spring. It has been an unforgettable year for Tunisians. According to Mr. O’Conner, the British government will keep supporting Tunisia as it supported it since the first weeks of the transition.

Insight from pITPI

JANUARY 19, 2012

After analyzing over 3 million tweets, gigabytes of YouTube content and thousands of blog posts, a new study finds that social media played a central role in shaping political debates in the Arab Spring.
Conversations about revolution often preceded major events on the ground, and social media carried inspiring stories of protest across international borders.

Focused mainly on Tunisia and Egypt, this research included creating a unique database of information collected from Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube.  The research also included creating maps of important Egyptian political Websites, examining political conversations in the Tunisian blogosphere, analyzing more than 3 million Tweets based on keywords, and tracking which countries thousands of individuals Tweeted from during the revolutions.
The result is that for the first time we have evidence confirming social media’s critical role in the Arab Spring.

The contributors include Philip Howard, Muzammil Hussain, Will Mari, and Marwa Mazaid at the University of Washington, Deen Freelon at American University, and Aiden Duffy at Amazon Web Services.