"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
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Germany has narrowly avoided a recession as the country's economy grew by 0.1 per cent in the third quarter of 2019. Berlin admitted its growth numbers were 'still too weak' after the figures for July to September were released today. A recession had been feared after Germany's economy shrank between April and June, but the second straight decline which would officially start one did not take place. Experts said Germany was facing 'enormous global political uncertainty' and its flagship car industry is threatened by trade wars. Germany has narrowly avoided a recession as the country's economy grew by 0.1 per cent in the last quarter (pictured, cars for export at a harbour in Bremerhaven) 'We do not have a technical recession, but the growth numbers are still too weak,' Economy Minister Peter Altmaier told ARD television. Germany's export-oriented manufacturers have struggled against weaker foreign demand, Donald Trump's trade wars and uncertainty … [Read more...] about Germany narrowly avoids entering recession with 0.1 per cent growth – but trade wars still threaten many of its industries
WINNING TIP: Strandperle beach bar, Hamburg A pearl on the beach! That’s Strandperle, a beach bar in the wonderful port city of Hamburg. Set on the banks of the river Elbe, it’s a fantastic place to sit back in a deckchair and watch huge cruise liners and container ships pass by. It’s where the locals hang out and you can easily spend the whole day relaxing … or even propose, as I once did! Part of the fun is the journey to the bar. Go the Landungsbrucken in the harbour and take the 62 ferry to Ovelgonne and then walk along the sandy shores of the Elbe. Strandperle offers a good range of cocktails and non-alcoholic drinks such as FritzCola (made in Hamburg) or Bionade. The locals will probably be drinking a cool Astra beer from a special Standperle glass. Food ranges from light snacks to full meals at reasonable prices (about €15). I’d recommend currywurst or fish rolls. • strandperle-hamburg.deJames Arnold Webster Brauhaus, Duisburg A great … [Read more...] about Beer halls, bars and restaurants in Germany: readers’ travel tips
Little Alfie Lamb was just three-years-old when he was crushed to death by his car seat. Today, Stephen Waterson has been jailed for seven years and six months after he had earlier admitted to killing his girlfriend Adrian Hoare's son. Alfie died an agonising death as he was crushed after he was placed in the rear footwell of Waterson's Audi convertible. He collapsed before the car reached Croydon and bravely clung onto life for three days in hospital, when he tragically died. Afterwards, Waterson, adopted son of former Tory minister Nigel Waterson, orchestrated a cover-up to avoid being implicated in the death. But police saw through his lies and in March Hoare was cleared of manslaughter but found guilty of child cruelty and assaulting another witness 19-year-old Emilie Williams. And in September, Waterson admitted killing the tragic little boy. Jurors had been shown heartbreaking footage of Alfie running to keep up with his mum while they were on a shopping trip in Sutton just … [Read more...] about Tragic Alfie Lamb’s heartbreaking final months ‘with no love’ before he was crushed to death in car
VOGUE Williams' life has been turned upside over the last two years. In 2017, she was married to former Westlife musician Brian McFadden and planning to spend the rest of her life with him. Fast-forward to 2019 and the Irish model has a new husband in the shape of Made in Chelsea's Spencer Matthews and is a mother to her gorgeous baby boy Theodore. Here's the lowdown on how everything changed... Are Vogue Williams and Spencer Matthews married? They sure are. Vogue married Made In Chelsea star Spencer Matthews in June 2018. He proposed to her on February 1, 2018, during a production of the Lion King in London.On March 18, 2018, the couple revealed they were expecting their first child. On September 5, 2018 Vogue and Spencer revealed they had welcomed a baby boy into the world. Why did Vogue Williams divorce Brian McFadden? Before Spencer, Vogue met Brian McFadden in May 2011 and they announced their engagement on January 12, 2012. The couple got married on … [Read more...] about Are Vogue Williams and Spencer Matthews married, why did she divorce Brian McFadden and who has she dated?