The Cloisters (Metropolitan Museum of Art – Medieval Gallery)

The Cloisters is the medieval art branch of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, located in Fort Tryon Park in upper Manhattan. The building that houses the galleries is an amazing conglomeration of multiple monasteries from Europe that were crated up, shipped here to New York, and then reconstructed on site using a mix of originalContinue reading “The Cloisters (Metropolitan Museum of Art – Medieval Gallery)”

Al-Andalus: From Convivencia to Limpieza de Sangre

The Rock of Gibraltar, the name of which is derived from the Arabic Jabal Tariq, “Mount of Tariq,” in honor of Tariq ibn Ziyad, the Berber Muslim conqueror of ancient Iberia, and essentially the founder of al-Andalus. In 711 CE, a force of Berber Muslims under the command of Tariq ibn Ziyad landed on theContinue reading “Al-Andalus: From Convivencia to Limpieza de Sangre”

Which Sounds More Creepy? Muslim Call To Prayer Vs Catholic Rosary Chanting

The first time I heard the Muslim call to prayer was in Iraq in 2003 when my unit was set up near a mosque in the outskirts of Baghdad.  It was strange, but it didn’t sound necessarily bad.  In fact, there’s a very musical quality to it that’s easy to appreciate when you’re not lettingContinue reading “Which Sounds More Creepy? Muslim Call To Prayer Vs Catholic Rosary Chanting”