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HistoryWhat does that word really mean?

 

We always hear the word History, at school, in college, on the news, .. etc. But do we really know what that word means?

History is supposed to be the study of events that took place in the past. These events have been gathered, revised and carefully checked for accuracy, then written down in a chronological order by historians.

History belongs to all of us. Whenever you talk about something that happened to yourself, your friends or your country, you are relating history through events that occurred in the past. In fact we are all historians, in one way or another!

Historians cannot write about events that have never been recorded, they evaluate past events, stressing some while downgrading or even omitting others. What historians think is worth mentioning also varies over time and from one place to another.

Events are chosen according to the degree of their effect on what has happened later, historians concentrate on the cause-and-effect relationship.

Here are some quotes about History from all over the world and across the ages: 

"The study of history is the best medicine for a sick mind; for in history you have a record of the infinite variety of human experience plainly set out for all to see; and in that record you can find yourself and your country both examples and warnings; fine things to take as models, base things rotten through and through, to avoid." Livy

"Everything must be recaptured and relocated in the general framework of history, so that despite the difficulties, the fundamental paradoxes and contradictions, we may respect the unity of history which is also the unity of life." Fernand Braudel

Only a good-for-nothing is not interested in his past." Sigmund Freud

"Each age tries to form its own conception of the past. Each age writes the history of the past anew with reference to the conditions uppermost in its own time." Frederick Jackson Turner

Histories make men wise; poets witty; the mathematics subtle; natural philosophy deep; moral grave; logic and rhetoric able to contend
Francis Bacon (1561-1626), English

Only strong personalities can endure history, the weak ones are extinguished by it.
Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900), German philosopher

The history of the world is the world's court of justice
Friedrich Von Schiller (1759-1805), German dramatist, poet, historian.

History is Philosophy teaching by examples
Thucydides (c. 460-c. 400 B.C.), Athenian historian

A country losing touch with its own history is like an old man losing his glasses, a distressing sight, at once vulnerable, unsure, and easily
disoriented
George Walden (b. 1939), British Conservative politician.

As complicated as history might seem to be, in this section we are only interested in sailing through the past using as much authentic and trustworthy sources as possible, to have a flavor of some crucial events that have changed the world we live in and see how they've impacted our present.

The best way to get along with a community is to learn about and understand its cultures as well as your own, with a mature hope of promoting true dialogue between North and South, East and West.

We'll focus on the History of the Islamic civilization, from the eyes of both Muslim and non-Muslim historians, who have objectively recorded facts and analyzed them

We'll see how Non-Muslims (Jews, Christians and even Atheists) were treated under Muslim Rule

We'll learn about Muslim Spain and its contribution to the advancement of humanity

We'll see how non-Muslim historians viewed Prophet Muhammed

If you are really interested in knowing some historically authentic events about the interaction between the Islamic civilization and the rest of the world, then you are really in the right place

A record of the past is a mirror of the future and as the saying says, "History repeats itself"! Allah Almighty says in the Qur'an:

Chapter Number: 40, Verse Number: 21
Have they never journeyed through the land and seen what was the end of those who have gone before them? They were stronger than themselves in might and left firmer traces in the earth, but Allah seized them for their sinning, and they had none to protect them from Allah.

Chapter Number: 40, Verse Number: 82
Have they never journeyed through the land and seen what was the end of those who have gone before them? They were stronger than themselves in might and left firmer traces upon the earth; yet, whatsoever they earned did not help them.