"Jews, Christians and Muslims – in Dialogue with Science 500-1500 AD" is a new exhibition at Berlin's Martin Gropius Bau that reveals the long cooperation between Jewish, Christian and Muslim scholars, as well as the millenary transfer and exchange of knowledge between those cultures. DW talked to curator Dr. Andreas Fingernagel of the Austrian National Library about how Arabic scholars in particular helped to preserve Ancient Greek texts. DW: Dr. Fingernagel, how did the transfer of knowledge work out between 500 and 1500 AD? Andreas Fingernagel: Following the decline of the East Roman Empire, there was a danger that knowledge acquired in Ancient Greece could be lost. It was initially from the 7th to the 8th century that Arabic scholars stepped in to translate Greek texts into Syrian, and ultimately into Arabic. As Arabs migrated to western Europe, particularly Spain, this body of knowledge was … [Read more...] about How Jews, Christians and Muslims exchanged knowledge for a millennium
Many women turn to supplements or HRT to cope with menopausal symptoms which have left them feeling exhausted and emotionally lost. However four women have revealed how getting a pet dog has brought back their 'old self' and reminded them what loves feels like during this natural milestone. The four-legged friends force the group out of bed in the morning and have been a key weapon for restoring their sense of structure. Phillippa Taphouse says Otis the miniature dacshund has helped her 'feel more in control' while dealing with the menopause. The cute sausage dog makes her laugh every day and she walks him twice daily I was tired and achey, but Otis gives me va-va-voom Phillippa and Otis who helped her get back into a routine and brought her 'old self' back Phillippa Taphouse, 50, works in a cafe. She lives in Oxfordshire with husband Simon, 48, a commercial director of a property development company, their three children and two dogs Otis and Mo. Phillippa says: I … [Read more...] about Never mind Man’s Best Friend, meet the WOMEN who insist their pooches are the secret weapon that helped them cope with the… Meno-Paws!
Was the European Union-Arab League summit meeting all a big show, an exhibition with no content, a gathering of meaningless cliches and empty phrases? That's how it appears at first glance, because there are no concrete resolutions to be found in the final document from the conference at the Egyptian Red Sea resort city of Sharm el-Sheikh — the first of its kind between the two international bodies. But no one could really expect that there would be. In this initial period of getting to know each other, the main thing is to establish contacts and define a framework for future talks. Nonetheless: The most urgent problems in Syria and Yemen, countries ravaged by war, were at least addressed. Suggestions were made as to how Libya might be stabilized. But it is not in the power of either the EU or the loose alliance of states that constitutes the Arab League to actually get something done. The interests of this illustrious group of kings, emirs, and other potentates … [Read more...] about Opinion: EU and Arab League still searching for common ground
Winning tip: east African wildlife trip Last year we spent 25 December in Giraffe Manor, in a suburb of Nairobi, where giraffes poked their heads through the windows looking for breakfast. We then travelled to Ethiopia to celebrate the Orthodox Christmas on 7 January in the Bale mountains, hoping for a sighting of the endangered Ethiopian wolf. We drove and trekked across the Sanetti plateau, but the wolves remained elusive, so we drove up Ethiopia’s second-highest peak, the 4,377-metre Tullo Deemtu, for views of world’s largest expanse of Afro-alpine moorland and crystal-clear tarns. On the way back to Bale Mountain Lodge, we spotted a lone wolf basking in the sun on the roadside. Santa had been after all.RoyMessenger A tree house in the Japanese alps Three hours from Tokyo by car there is a stunning chain of mountains on the south eastern side of Lake Shirakaba-ko called Yatsugatake. There, amid a forest, is a restaurant called Canadian Farm, where owner Haseyan has … [Read more...] about Best overseas breaks at Christmas and new year: readers’ travel tips
Italy’s “City of Food” has a new attraction. After wandering the alleyways of Bologna’s Mercato di Mezzo – which is filled with local, family-owned grocers such as the well-known Atti & Figli bakery, or Tamburini of tortellini fame – visitors can now take a 20-minute shuttle bus from outside the central station to Fico Eataly World, where food from all over Italy is on show. Inaugurated by prime minister Paolo Gentiloni on 15 November, Eataly World claims to be the world’s largest agri-food park, and promises visitors “a discovery of all the wonders of Italian biodiversity” under one vast, 100,000 sq m roof. However, many are struggling to make sense of a project that stands in direct contrast to the traditional allure of Italian gastronomy – the pleasure of meandering the farmers’ markets in Renaissance town squares, or sampling the delights of small producers in remote hilltop towns. To enter Eataly is to step into … [Read more...] about Eataly World opens but leaves a bad taste in Bologna