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Tom Verde

Freelance Writer

Pawcatuck, CT

Tom Verde

Freelance Journalist, specializing in Religion/Culture/History
M.A. Islamic Studies & Christian-Muslim Relations

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Brill’s Bridge to Arabic

Amsterdam’s 1883 International Colonial and Export Exhibition was a lavish, five-month celebration of Dutch colonialism and capitalism that drew more than a million visitors from around the world. Still, Amin ibn Hasan al-Halawani al-Madani al-Hanafi, who had traveled all the way from Cairo, was disappointed.
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Amelia Earhart's 'Secret' Connecticut Wedding

“Aviation Pioneer Amelia Earhart married George P. Putnam here in Noank, Connecticut, February 17, 1931” reads the carved, wooden plaque on the front of the old Latham/Chester general store, now a property of the Noank Historical Society. Like so much of Earhart’s enduringly fascinating life, these seemingly straightforward facts raise more questions than they answer.
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An Irish Tale of Hunger and the Sultan

he story goes like this: In 1847, the worst year of the Irish potato famine, an Irish physician in service to the Ottoman Sultan in Istanbul beseeched the sovereign to send aid to his starving countrymen. His pleas moved Sultan Abdülmedjid i to pledge £10,000 sterling; however, upon learning that England’s Queen Victoria was sending a mere £2,000, the Sultan, out of diplomatic politesse, reduced his donation to £1,000.
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3-D Printers Bring Historic Instruments Back To The Future

UConn researchers can digitally remove dents and cracks in original instrument pieces, as they duplicate antique mouthpieces. They just don’t make 'em like they used to, unless you put a bunch of Ph.D.s in a room with a 3D printer. Engineers at UConn have teamed with musicologists to produce -- or rather, re-produce -- key parts of vintage musical instruments, literally breathing life back into antique saxophones and the like.
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© 2014, The Westerly Sun & Sun Publishing Co., Westerly, RI 02891

Herreshoff’s elegant design captures the spirit of Watch Hill. Editor’s note: This is the fifth in a series of stories about local craft that are in a different class than the average boat. The … Published Jul 14, 2014. Editor’s note: This is the fourth in a series of stories about local craft that are in a different class than the average boat.
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Biscuits, Onions, and "Green Stuff"

A Culinary Look at the Highlights and Low Moments of a Whaling Journey
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Hayy Was Here, Robinson Crusoe

The story is so familiar it has become a genre: One man, marooned on a desert isle, learns to survive by his wits and his mastery of the island’s resources. After years of isolation, he encounters a native from a neighboring island who becomes his companion and pupil, and together they form their own literally insular society.
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The Connecticut Gardens of Beatrix Farrand

Famed gardener Beatrix Farrand, a founding member of the 115-year-old American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA), never liked the term “landscape architect.”. If anything, the skill of the “landscape gardener,” as she preferred, was closer to that of a painter than a draftsman. “A garden, large or small, must be treated in the Impressionist manner,” she once wrote.
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Introduction to Our Shared Past in the Mediterranean

The Ali Vural Ak Center for Global Islamic Studies (AVACGIS), with a grant in the “Our Shared Past” initiative from the British Council and the Social Science Research Council, has assembled a team of distinguished Mediterranean historians from the U.S., Europe, Turkey, and North Africa. The project is led by principal investigator Dr.
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In the Footsteps of Mandela: a Trip to Robben Island

Official memorial services for late South African president Nelson Mandela will be held this week, in Soweto, in Pretoria, and in the remote village of.
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Pasta's Winding Way West

Though handmade pastas remain a boutique food craft, since the 19th century most pasta has been made by the mechanized extrusion of dough through perforated discs, after which it is sliced, dried and conveniently packaged. Local legend has it that when the Arab conqueror of Sicily, Asad ibn al-Furat, landed with his fleet on the southern shore of the island in 827, one of his first orders of business was to muster up food for his troops.
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The Point of the Arch

The pointed arches at the Cistern of Ramla were commissioned in 789 ce by the Abbasid Caliph Harun al-Rashid. bove ground, the Eighth-century Cistern of Ramla, about an hour southeast of Tel Aviv, doesn't look like much: long rows of whitewashed humps of rubble, like raised garden beds, dotted with holes through which one can drop a bucket on a rope.
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About

Tom Verde

Specialties: Islam, Middle Eastern history, interfaith relations and dialogue, early Christian history, and comparative religion. Have written and published extensively on religion, culture, the environment, and travel in major national and international publications (New York Times, Boston Globe, Saudi Aramco World, Biblical Archeology, National Geographic Adventure, Travel & Leisure, Wildlife Conservation, et. al.) as well as broadcast networks including NPR, Public Radio International and the BBC. Worked with the British Council, the Social Science Research Council, and the Ali Vural Ak Center for Global Islamic Studies at George Mason University to develop a secondary school curriculum entitled "Our Shared Past in the Mediterranean." Recent awards: Finalist, Religion Newswriters Magazine Writing Award, 2015; Folio Award for "Best Single Article" 2013; Clarion Award for "Best Magazine Article" 2011; also past winner of New York Festivals, National Headliner, and National Federation of Community Broadcasters awards.

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Skills

  • Editing
  • Writing
  • Curriculum Development
  • Lecturing