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Miguel de Cervantes

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Frankenstein Is Published

Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley's Frankenstein, or the Modern Prometheus is a gothic novel that spawned a new genre of horror stories and films. It tells the story of Frankenstein, a scientist, who discovers how to bring inanimate matter to life and, in the process, creates a man-monster. When Frankenstein fails to provide a mate to satisfy the creature's human emotions, it seeks revenge. Mary Shelley came up with the idea for the novel while vacationing at the home of what famous poet?



Highland Games

The modern Highland Games began in the 1780s as an organized effort to revive Scottish Highland traditions. These celebrations of Scottish and Celtic heritage center around competitions in piping, drumming, dancing, and Scottish heavy athletics. The caber toss, in which a competitor balances a long, heavy wooden pole vertically and then tosses it, has become a recognized symbol of the Highland Games. What other feats of strength are often included in the Games' athletic competitions?

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Ismail Raji al-Faruqi

Al-Faruqi was a renowned Palestinian-American scholar, widely recognized as an authority on Islam and comparative religion. He taught in Egypt, Canada, and the US, authoring 25 books and 100 articles on subjects such as Arabism and Muslim identity. His proposals promoting the “Islamization of knowledge” attempt to synthesize the ethics of Islam with various fields of modern thought and had a profound effect on Islamic economics. What prompted the vicious stabbing that killed al-Faruqi?

Last updated on Tuesday, 1st January 2008

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