Tag «Islam»

The complex geometry of Islamic design – Eric Broug

The complex geometry of Islamic design – Eric Broug

In Islamic culture, geometry is everywhere. You can find it in mosques, madrasas, palaces and private homes. This tradition began in the 8th century CE during the early history of Islam, when craftsmen took preexisting motifs from Roman and Persian cultures and developed them into new forms of visual expression. This period of history was …

Where did Russia come from? – Alex Gendler

Where did Russia come from? – Alex Gendler

Where did Russia come from, why is it so big, and what are the differences between it and its neighbors? The answers lie in an epic story of seafaring warriors, nomadic invaders, and the rise and fall of a medieval state known as Kievan Rus. In the first millennium, a large group of tribes spread …

The Middle East’s cold war, explained

The Middle East’s cold war, explained

The Middle East is one of the most complex regions in the world: Currently there are 4 failing states and 3 wars, with major powers increasingly taking opposite sides. Countless armed militias and terrorist groups are spreading violence across borders. The region has seen conflict after conflict going back well into the 20th century. But …

Cannabis: A Lost History (FULL DOCUMENTARY)

In 2012, after 75 years of prohibition, Colorado and Washington state legalized recreational marijuana, with other states slowly but surely following suit. But long before prohibition, Long before the united states, even, Cannabis had been established as an integral part of human civilization. From it’s depiction in the cave paintings of Japan To it’s usage …

The five major world religions – John Bellaimey

The five major world religions – John Bellaimey

Translator: Andrea McDonough Reviewer: Jessica Ruby In all times and places in our history, human beings have wondered, “Where did we come from? What’s our place in the world? What happens to us after we die?” Religions are systems of belief that have developed and evolved over time in response to these and other eternal …

Feature History – Soviet-Afghan War

Feature History – Soviet-Afghan War

It’s time we stop Stalin and Marx this topic off the list. And if you’re hoping for something else, well Soviet. Oh god what have I done. Hello and welcome to Feature History. Brought to you by the Great Courses Plus, more on that later, and featuring the Soviet-Afghan war. A war where the battles …