Mohamed Shaaban Ayub
Mohamed Shaaban Ayub is a scholar and author on the history and culture of the Middle East. He has authored six books, dozens of articles and research papers. He regularly writes for Al-Jazeera and other Arabic websites.
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For centuries, the Andalusian jurist Ibn Hazm has been best known for his dry, austere Quranic interpretations. Yet there was another side to him, one best displayed in a little-known book he wrote called “The Ring of the Dove.” This side of Ibn Hazm has long puzzled historians, but the motivation behind the book — and the reason for its extraordinary sensitivity — lies in his unusual upbringing among women.
The British presence was not an extension of its colonialism in Iraq and the Levant north of the Arabian Peninsula. In fact, it preceded it, and came through the Indian Ocean from the south.