What was the logic of the Greek-to-Arabic translation movement?

by Rashmee

Posted on September 13, 2020


Why did the second Abbasid Caliph Al Mansur (r.754-775) initiate the Greek-to-Arabic translation movement? He was no scholar but there was a very particular reason to lay claim to the fruits of Hellenic thinking. Al Mansur had an interest in astrology and may have been keen to form a dynastic ideology. This was to be … Continue reading “What was the logic of the Greek-to-Arabic translation movement?”

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Leadership and the lessons from an empire in decline – in 10th century Baghdad

by Rashmee

Posted on April 9, 2020


This is the first global crisis in more than 50 years where no country is looking towards the US for leadership. If there’s anything that’s needed in a global pandemic it is a vaccine and leadership. A vaccine is not expected at least for a year, but what about leadership? Trump-led America is an empire … Continue reading “Leadership and the lessons from an empire in decline – in 10th century Baghdad”

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Even an admiring profile of Baghdad’s 1st woman mayor struggles

by Rashmee

Posted on July 22, 2015


There’s been a lot of talk of dynamic city mayors going on to govern countries (even rule the world in the title of Benjamin Barber’s book ‘If Mayors Ruled the World: Dysfunctional Nations, Rising Cities’) but Baghdad’s first woman mayor Thikra Alwash may not be one of them. Not only is Ms Alwash unelected (she … Continue reading “Even an admiring profile of Baghdad’s 1st woman mayor struggles”

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Rashmee has lived and worked in several countries in the past decade, including Afghanistan, India, Haiti, Tunisia, the UAE, US and UK