From America to Saudi Arabia, textual sacralisation induces a unique fervour

by Rashmee

Posted on October 25, 2020


  Just how sacralised has the American constitution become? Very. It would not be inaccurate to say it has become a secular religion, inspiring the same sort of fervour as a revealed religious text such as the Quran. In fact, exactly that sort of fervour, a righteous rage over the defence of something that’s considered … Continue reading “From America to Saudi Arabia, textual sacralisation induces a unique fervour”

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The Christmas story is told in the Quran

by Rashmee

Posted on December 24, 2018 / The Arab Weekly


Far-right parties in the West often portray Islam as at war with Christianity. What gets lost in the white noise is a key fact: Jesus is an important figure for Muslims, too. The Quran explicitly makes mention of Jesus, one of 26 prophets named in the Muslim holy book. A Quranic passage referring to the … Continue reading “The Christmas story is told in the Quran”

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In Kairouan, Tunisia, north Africa’s only manuscript restoration workshop

by Rashmee

Posted on April 4, 2016


The Museum of Islamic Art in Raqqada near Kairouan in central Tunisia is a truly remarkable place. It was gifted to the nation by Habib Bourguiba, the newly independent country’s first president, who ruled for 30 years. Here’s the rather grand conference room. I’ll expound more fully on the Museum’s treasures in a subsequent blog. … Continue reading “In Kairouan, Tunisia, north Africa’s only manuscript restoration workshop”

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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