The Qatar Digital Library (QDL) is an awesome website that offers free access to thousands of pages of amazing working, including 25,000 pages of medieval Islamic manuscripts. It has been developed as part of a 10-year Memorandum of Understanding on Partnerships between the Qatar Foundation, the Qatar National Library and The British Library. The best part is that it’s all Creative Commons licensed… free to use, free to re-use.
Check out the articles section to begin to appreciate the beauty of the QDL. You can also simply explore the archive.
My favorites include:
- Iraqi Maqam Music and Chalgi Ensembles, complete with soundbytes
- Islamic Highpoint in Astronomy
And many more.
This is really awesome.
Check out the Qatar Digital Library (QDL)
Until 8:30AM this morning, all I ever knew about dandelions was one thing: dandelion seeds are pretty.
After all, who hasn’t played with dandelion seeds, watching them tumble around town?
Well, I have. And I always thought that was the only relationship I had with dandelions (until I discovered at 8:30 this morning) was that I — gasp — eat them. Not only eat them, but really LOVE eating them.
World, did you know that delicious, hearty hindbeh is quite literally just dandelion leaves? Okay. Let’s be more specific, to give hindbeh the true glory it deserves: it’s dandelion leaves glistening with olive oil, garnished with crunchy pine nuts and crispy caramelized onions, then drizzled with lemon juice.
Hindbeh has always been one of my all-time favorite dishes, and it’s just a shock to realize what it’s made of at the grand age of 30.
Finally growing past creating the world’s tallest hotel, the world’s biggest hand-washing events, and largest indoor billboard (GRR!), the UAE today announced one of the most amazing, uplifting announcements I’ve heard in years.
The announcement makes me so happy I have a lump in my throat. Ladies and gentlemen, it might not sound like much to you, but to me, this is the silver lining in a really bad storm — the first Arab space agency. It is something I never thought I’d see in my lifetime. And with plans as soon as 2021.
Where do I apply?
Beautiful “Graph Kufi” by Razan Basim. Says “Roba Al-Assi” in Arabic and “AndFarAway” in English. AWESOME! :)
Via 7iber, here are pictures taken by Magnum photographer Bieke Depoorter of Egyptians in their homes.
They’re absolutely stunning pictures.