What is Sports Diplomacy?

What is Sports Diplomacy? Is it the Sport of Diplomacy? Not entirely. As the world becomes more globalized through trade, travel, and media, new forms of diplomacy have emerged like digital, health, cultural, and most importantly, sports diplomacy. Unlike other forms of diplomacy, sports diplomacy has no barrier because sports are a universal phenomenon, transcending […]

What is Ramadan?

Ramadan is the holiest month in the Islamic calendar. During this month, Muslims abstain from eating and drinking from dawn until sunset. When the sun goes down, it is common for Muslims to break the fast with something sweet, like a date, to satisfy their hunger before taking time for prayer. Afterwards, friends and families […]

How Does the Islamic Calendar Work?

The Islamic calendar is a lunar calendar used by Muslims around the world to determine the timing of important religious observations such as Ramadan and Hajj. It is called the Hijri calendar, because it begins with the year of the Prophet’s migration (in Arabic, Hijra) from Mecca, his birthplace, to Medina, a city where he […]

Where do Muslims live? According to data from 2010, the vast majority of Muslims live in the Asia-Pacific region. Pew Research reports 986,420,00 Muslims in the area, compared to 317,070,000 in the Middle East and North Africa, 248,420,000 in Sub-Saharan Africa, 43,470,000 in Europe, 3,480,000 in North America, and 840,000 in Latin-America and the Caribbean. […]

The Quran is the Muslim holy book. Along with the traditions of the Prophet, called the sunnah, it is the most important source for how to practice Islam. Muslims believe that the Quran remains unchanged from the time of the Prophet. It contains 114 chapters that vary wildly in length. The Quran is written in […]

The Islamic tradition of Ashoura is celebrated on the tenth day of the Islamic month of Muharram. According to Islamic tradition, it was on that day that Moses and his people escaped from the Egyptian Pharoah. They celebrated the exodus by fasting. Many Muslims around the world also commemorate that victory by fasting. Institute for […]