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How New Moms Are Treated In Some Muslim Cultures

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In the past, children were born at home with a midwife assisting.  This was an occasion when the female members of the family actively participated.  They helped the midwife by encouraging the new mother to “bite on a hanky,” to stop her screaming by telling her “saʽidi waladik” (help your child), to a certain extent meaning the …

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Natural Birth Increases Breastfeeding Success

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ALLAH designed the female body perfectly to carry, deliver and feed babies.  This miracle has been a trusted fact since the creation of humankind.  It wasn’t until the last century that there were other options besides natural, non-medicated birth followed by breastfeeding. With these new options women have begun to doubt their bodies and the …

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Recipe: Mulahwajah Of Caliph Harun Ar-Rashid

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Mulahwajah means “hasty.” The book says that this recipe was often prepared for Harun ar-Rashid. Galangal is sold in Arabia as ‘irq al-hail or khulanjan, and in Southeast Asian markets under such names as kha and laos. Dried ginger could be substituted. Use the rue sparingly—it’s very bitter. Ingredients: 2 tablespoons oil1 onion2 leeksrue, preferably …

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Food From 9th Century Baghdad

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Cooking with the Caliphs: Food from 9th century Baghdad The book has come down to our time in three manuscripts and fragments of a fourth—and what a treasure it is. These are the dishes actually eaten by the connoisseurs of Baghdad when it was the richest city in the world. There are recipes from the …

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