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Welcome to MATERIA ISLAMICA the ISLAMIC ENCYCLOPÆDIA!
This is an encyclopædia of everything Islamic and Muslim!
We have 92 articles, 1,808 images and 4,516 References published in English
Information on the Author of Materia Islamica

Featured Article

List of Published Articles
Pakistan superimposed on an ancient version of itself (the "Harappan"/"Indus Valley Civilisation").
List of Inventions and Discoveries in Ancient and Modern Pakistan and Islamic India: For many non-Pakistanis, the idea of what and who Pakistanis are can often be a confusing one, since historically speaking Pakistan has never really been known as "Pakistan" throughout much of it's 65,000 year old history (in fact it was only officially known as Pakistan in 1947; and is an anagram of the ancient states Punjab, Afghania, Kashmir, Sindh and Balochistan). Indeed it's been known by a series of different names; Mehrgarth (c. 7000 BC—c. 2000 BC), the Indus Valley (c. 3300 BC—c. 1300 BC), West India and even India itself (in fact the word "India" itself is not indigenous to South Asia, but comes from old Persian and ancient Greek, meaning "people of the Indus"—it should be noted that the modern-day country of India—born in 1947—has culturally appropriated this name, despite the Indus river basin having nothing to do with the majority of its people with "Ganga-Yamuna" or "Narmada" being far more appropriate names as these are the main river basins of that country). The easiest way to understand Pakistani identity is to understand that Pakistanis are a people who are genetically, linguistically, racially, ethnically, culturally and religiously distinct from other subcontinent people and therefore themselves form a very unique identity. The people who live in Pakistan now have remained the same as those that were there for the past 65,000 years, but unlike other subcontinent peoples Pakistanis have added admixtures of new DNA from the various large scale historical migrations. The recorded history of Pakistan is thus older than the history of modern-day India. Given its extensive age, a significant number of inventions and discoveries have thus rightfully been attributed to Pakistan (since they originate in its lands) and not modern-day India.

Featured Picture (Updated Monthly!)

Kuala Lumpur, one of the greatest cities in the Islamic world.

Kuala Lumpur is a city that is the capital of Malaysia, and is one of the best cities in the world today. With a thriving tourism industry, private and manufacturing centre and it's close proximity to Singapore, Japan, and South Korea, Malaysia is on the very edge of the world, and is truly an experience of Asia.

In the News (March—April 2017 News!)

Pakistan airlines love story!
  • Increasingly threatened by the increasing popularity of the boycott of the apartheid state of Israel, pro-Israel groups barge into a Palestinian solidarity meeting, and intimidate crowds by yelling racist toxic Islamophobic slogans, whilst at the same time throwing about accusations of "antisemitism". The Israeli media later falsely claims that the crowd started a "pogrom" against Jews, whilst the other compared it to the "Warsaw ghetto".

Frequently Asked Questions!

What is the Overall Purpose of This Project?

  • To show all types of Muslims that they have a collective identity, no matter their background and religiousity; and also to show some non-Muslims that we too have our own story. This is why our articles are primarily in English.

What Types of Muslims is this Project Targeted Towards?

  • Anyone. Muslim Muslims, Agnostic Muslims, Atheist Muslims, Cultural Muslims, Religious Muslims, Ethnic Muslims, Nationalist Muslims, and Ex-Muslims—basically whatever you call yourself. Even non-Muslims.

Are you Affiliated with Wikipedia or it's Sister Organisations?

  • No, we are not a part of Wikipedia.

What Makes You Different from Wikipedia?

  • Despite some valiant efforts by some of it's users, the overall user-base is not neutral when it comes to Islamic culture, beliefs, history and politics. There's a plethora of problems over at Wikipedia, and almost none of them will ever be resolved.

Where's the Proof That Wikipedia Has This Problem?

  • Islam related or Muslim related articles hosted on Wikipedia often end up having the Muslim point-of-view totally or partially removed, making things unnecessarily negative, and in some cases are even censored out. This is particularly the case when it comes to persecution of Muslims in India for instance where glaring facts are routinely omitted or mass deleted even after they've been put in or discussed to death. Another example is the realisation that the world's first university, which was founded by a woman in Morocco, does not appear anywhere on Wikipedia's main article that deals with the oldest universities in the world.

Are you publicly editable?

  • No, publicly editable encyclopaedias lead to incongruency, point-of-view, edit wars and unreliability. This project aims to correct the mistakes of Wikipedia (and other websites).
Welcome to MATERIA ISLAMICA the ISLAMIC ENCYCLOPÆDIA!
This is an encyclopædia of everything Islamic and Muslim!
We have 92 articles, 1,808 images and 4,516 References published in English
Information on the Author of Materia Islamica
We have 92 articles, 1,808 images and 4,516 References published in English
Information on the Author of Materia Islamica

Featured Article

List of Published Articles
Pakistan superimposed on an ancient version of itself (the "Harappan"/"Indus Valley Civilisation").
List of Inventions and Discoveries in Ancient and Modern Pakistan and Islamic India: For many non-Pakistanis, the idea of what and who Pakistanis are can often be a confusing one, since historically speaking Pakistan has never really been known as "Pakistan" throughout much of it's 65,000 year old history (in fact it was only officially known as Pakistan in 1947; and is an anagram of the ancient states Punjab, Afghania, Kashmir, Sindh and Balochistan). Indeed it's been known by a series of different names; Mehrgarth (c. 7000 BC—c. 2000 BC), the Indus Valley (c. 3300 BC—c. 1300 BC), West India and even India itself (in fact the word "India" itself is not indigenous to South Asia, but comes from old Persian and ancient Greek, meaning "people of the Indus"—it should be noted that the modern-day country of India—born in 1947—has culturally appropriated this name, despite the Indus river basin having nothing to do with the majority of its people with "Ganga-Yamuna" or "Narmada" being far more appropriate names as these are the main river basins of that country). The easiest way to understand Pakistani identity is to understand that Pakistanis are a people who are genetically, linguistically, racially, ethnically, culturally and religiously distinct from other subcontinent people and therefore themselves form a very unique identity. The people who live in Pakistan now have remained the same as those that were there for the past 65,000 years, but unlike other subcontinent peoples Pakistanis have added admixtures of new DNA from the various large scale historical migrations. The recorded history of Pakistan is thus older than the history of modern-day India. Given its extensive age, a significant number of inventions and discoveries have thus rightfully been attributed to Pakistan (since they originate in its lands) and not modern-day India.

Featured Picture (Updated Monthly!)

Kuala Lumpur, one of the greatest cities in the Islamic world.

Kuala Lumpur is a city that is the capital of Malaysia, and is one of the best cities in the world today. With a thriving tourism industry, private and manufacturing centre and it's close proximity to Singapore, Japan, and South Korea, Malaysia is on the very edge of the world, and is truly an experience of Asia.

In the News (November News!)

Pakistan airlines love story!
  • Increasingly threatened by the increasing popularity of the boycott of the apartheid state of Israel, pro-Israel groups barge into a Palestinian solidarity meeting, and intimidate crowds by yelling racist toxic Islamophobic slogans, whilst at the same time throwing about accusations of "antisemitism". The Israeli media later falsely claims that the crowd started a "pogrom" against Jews, whilst the other compared it to the "Warsaw ghetto".

Frequently Asked Questions!

What is the Overall Purpose of This Project?

  • To show all types of Muslims that they have a collective identity, no matter their background and religiousity; and also to show some non-Muslims that we too have our own story. This is why our articles are primarily in English.

What Types of Muslims is this Project Targeted Towards?

  • Anyone. Muslim Muslims, Agnostic Muslims, Atheist Muslims, Cultural Muslims, Religious Muslims, Ethnic Muslims, Nationalist Muslims, and Ex-Muslims—basically whatever you call yourself. Even non-Muslims.

Are you Affiliated with Wikipedia or it's Sister Organisations?

  • No, we are not a part of Wikipedia.

What Makes You Different from Wikipedia?

  • Despite some valiant efforts by some of it's users, the overall user-base is not neutral when it comes to Islamic culture, beliefs, history and politics. There's a plethora of problems over at Wikipedia, and almost none of them will ever be resolved.

Where's the Proof That Wikipedia Has This Problem?

  • Islam related or Muslim related articles hosted on Wikipedia often end up having the Muslim point-of-view totally or partially removed, making things unnecessarily negative, and in some cases are even censored out. This is particularly the case when it comes to persecution of Muslims in India for instance where glaring facts are routinely omitted or mass deleted even after they've been put in or discussed to death. Another example is the realisation that the world's first university, which was founded by a woman in Morocco, does not appear anywhere on Wikipedia's main article that deals with the oldest universities in the world.

Are you publicly editable?

  • No, publicly editable encyclopaedias lead to incongruency, point-of-view, edit wars and unreliability. This project aims to correct the mistakes of Wikipedia (and other websites).
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