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Adam Jussila: Calligraphy: The Art of Andalusia and Maghreb

Adam Jussila: Calligraphy: The Art of Andalusia and Maghreb

For the Islamic people, calligraphy is more than a means of communication. It is an art form, a way to connect with and honor the divine, which has been widely practiced for over a thousand years. The first words that the angel Gabriel said to the prophet Muhammad were, “Recite: In the name of thy(…)

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Adam Jussila: The Ideas of the Infinite and Unity in Islamic Art

Adam Jussila: The Ideas of the Infinite and Unity in Islamic Art

  Islamic art was born from the Muslim people’s very first work of art, the Qur’an. It serves as the chief inspiration and motivation for Muslim artists. There are many lines of their holy text that invite people to create art in the name of Allah. One such line says that the only divinely approved(…)

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Adam Jussila: A Clash of Cultures

Adam Jussila: A Clash of Cultures

At the turn of the century, a momentous clash between two cultures brought the long-lasting conflict between the West and the Middle East into the spotlight. September 11, 2001 was not the first such clash, but it is certainly one of the most well remembered events of many of our lifetimes. Much of the animosity(…)

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Adam Jussila: A Common Heritage: Mughal, Ottoman, and Safavid Empires

Adam Jussila: A Common Heritage: Mughal, Ottoman, and Safavid Empires

Three empires rose out of the Islamic societies in the Middle East and Central Asia, all coming into existence around the end of the 15th century into the beginning of the 16th century. They were the Ottoman Empire in the west, the Safavid Empire mostly in Iran, and the Mughal Empire in the east, covering(…)

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Adam Jussila: The Essentials of the Islamic Worldview

Adam Jussila: The Essentials of the Islamic Worldview

The Islamic faith derives its ideas about both how its followers should live and how they understand the universe that they live in from a variety of sources, particularly the Qur’an, the Hadiths, and from the reasoning of the great ulama thinkers. This has led to many varying schools of thought, but at the core(…)

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Adam Jussila: Islamic Scholarship as the Precursor to the Renaissance

Adam Jussila: Islamic Scholarship as the Precursor to the Renaissance

  The European Renaissance had strong roots in the Islamic scholarship of the middle ages. It is important to understand the environment at the time that bred the Muslim scholars, known as ulama. With the “golden age” of Islam, Islamic society saw a flourishing in almost all academic pursuits, from theology to politics to physics.(…)

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Adam Jussila: The Rise of Islam

Adam Jussila: The Rise of Islam

Islam was not created in a day, but its creation and subsequent rise in popularity in the 7th century was remarkable to anyone who has studied it. It was a combination of luck and brilliant religious and political leadership- some might call it the perfect storm. The prophet Muhammad came out of nowhere to create(…)

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