Whether you are studying American Cinema, History, Literature, or Politics – the library has books, journals, and databases to suit your needs.
What is Ramadan?
Ramaḍān is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar, it is 30 days of ṣiyām (fasting) in commemoration of the first revelation of the Qur’an to the Prophet Muhammad (SAWS).
Anyone who has read the Adventures of Tintin by Hergé will have no doubt enjoyed the strange but colourful exclamations and bizarre insults hurled by the irascible and often inebriated Captain Haddock at his foe, phrases such as “blistering barnacles” and “thundering typhoons”. But where did these quirky phrases come from and do they have any historical precedent? Using digital resources at Canterbury Christ Church University Library, I set out on my own adventure (minus wire fox terrier) to find out.
I found this attractive green and gold volume entitled Half-Hours in the Far North: Life amid snow and ice in the Canterbury Christ Church University Special Collections.