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Anna Moore: Benazir & Megawati – Two Muslim Women in Politics

Anna Moore: Benazir & Megawati – Two Muslim Women in Politics

Politics can be scary. It was especially scary during the end of the 20th century in Pakistan and Indonesia. Full of uncertainty, instability, and violence, a politician didn’t know what to expect. For female politicians, anywhere in the world, gender bias adds another challenge to an already challenging career. Politics is a process of making(…)

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Anna Moore: Islamic Art – Connecting and Cleansing

Anna Moore: Islamic Art – Connecting and Cleansing

We learned in class that Iranian film walks on the border between theocracy and liberalism.[1] I don’t know enough to say whether on the border, it is both theocratic and liberal or neither theocratic nor liberal. In other words, I don’t know if the border connects or divides. Yet in reading about other Islamic art(…)

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Anna Moore: Islam, Modernity, & Colonialism

Anna Moore: Islam, Modernity, & Colonialism

Before analyzing Muslim disenchantment with modernity, I have to define it. Modernity is many things. In the context of my readings, it seems to refer to rationality, science, and globalization, with a focus on European influence. I don’t know if this is a fair definition, yet it is one that makes sense in relation to(…)

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Anna Moore: Imperial Power

Anna Moore: Imperial Power

The Ottoman Empire, the Safavid Empire, and the Mughal Empire shared the Golden Age of Islam. All from the same time period, all from Turkish background, and all with Sufi elements, these empires were focused on power.[i] To maintain power, each promoted an approach to religion that was compatible with the religion of the over-powered(…)

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Anna Moore: Inside and Out, Islamic Worldview

Anna Moore: Inside and Out, Islamic Worldview

Learning about the Islamic Worldview, I’ve enjoyed thinking about the relationship between internal and external. It is a relationship that seems especially significant when related to the concept of beauty. Beauty is a characteristic, and like most characteristics, is often thought to be an external reality that can be judged by onlookers. The expression, “beauty(…)

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Anna Moore: Imperial Overlaps

Anna Moore: Imperial Overlaps

I have some faulty models in my head. Somewhere I picked up the idea that historically, human knowledge has increased almost linearly, with one discovery leading to the next. Somewhere, I learned to think of historic civilizations as separate entities with clear divisions. From the first time I looked at a map, I saw that(…)

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Anna Moore: Muhammad, 7th Century Leader

Anna Moore: Muhammad, 7th Century Leader

The Prophet Muhammad was a leader. He must have displayed remarkable leadership skills to turn his personal visit from the Angel Gabriel into one of largest religions in the world. He lived more than 1,000 years ago, and we may never know precisely his social influence techniques, yet primary and secondary sources suggest some of(…)

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