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Anika Lindsey: Islamic Poetry

Anika Lindsey: Islamic Poetry

Poetry is an integral part of Islamic culture. The Quran itself, the word of God, is highly poetical. Committing large parts of this rhythmic text is routine for Muslims. Poetry lends significance to the art of calligraphy, which is incorporated into many things, even architecture, another significant aspect of Islamic culture. Poetry is a way(…)

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Anika Lindsey: Islamic Art

Anika Lindsey: Islamic Art

As with many parts of Islamic culture, Islamic art is incredibly purposeful, each detail playing a specific role, full of intent and meaning. And like other aspects of Islam, art is intended to always honor God, point towards God, and draw the attentions of its viewers toward God. Nowhere is this more obvious than in(…)

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Anika Lindsey: The Mosque

Anika Lindsey: The Mosque

All Islamic art is intended to direct attention toward God, not toward the artist. No element of individuality is meant to be incorporated into the design. In a mosque, the architectural features and contents of the building, as well as the practices performed within it, all work together to achieve this purpose. Even the direction(…)

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Anika Lindsey: The Ottoman, Safavid, and Mughal Empires

Anika Lindsey: The Ottoman, Safavid, and Mughal Empires

The Ottoman, Safavid, and Mughal empires all stemmed from Sufism, but they differed in many ways. The Ottoman empire, named after Osman Bey, became a serious powerhouse when the Ottomans took Constantinople in 1453. The city had been a coveted prize and was symbolic of the entire region, being the economic capital of the area.(…)

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Anika Lindsey: Ethics and Morality

Anika Lindsey: Ethics and Morality

  Islamic ethics are very much geared toward an examination of intention. Intention should be the basis for all actions and for the way in which one performs actions, but often in the larger world is not as valued because it is not as easily observed as outward behavior. In this way, Islam bases ethics(…)

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Anika Lindsey: Islamic Worldview

Anika Lindsey: Islamic Worldview

As described in Murata and Chittick’s book, The Vision of Islam, there are three dimensions to Islam: islam, iman, and ihsan. The first, islam, means submission, and has to do with the practical aspects of life. Muslims must follow the rules set for them by God (in the Quran), by Muhammad (in the Hadith), and(…)

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Anika Lindsey: Islamic Culture and the Renaissance

Anika Lindsey: Islamic Culture and the Renaissance

The Renaissance and Scientific Revolution in Europe are generally seen as periods of sudden discovery. The word “renaissance,” means rebirth, implying that what was created was new, unprecedented. However, this viewpoint paints an incomplete picture. Ideas don’t pop out of nowhere; they are inspired by other people’s ideas. Art is not imagined out of nothing;(…)

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Anika Lindsey: Surat Maryam and Morals

Anika Lindsey: Surat Maryam and Morals

Often when analyzing texts, we examine literary devices as much as content. The problem with this approach on a translation of the Quran is that while language is a huge part of the Quran’s significance, that significance is not transferable to a language other than Arabic. One way the Surat Maryam combats this barrier is(…)

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