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Ashley Belohlavek: How Benazir Bhutto Continued the Legacy of Mughal Empress Nur Jahan

Ashley Belohlavek: How Benazir Bhutto Continued the Legacy of Mughal Empress Nur Jahan

As we have all learned throughout the study of Islamic theology and society, politics and religion cannot exist without the other. Islam, on one hand, is often criticized for its oppression of women (though this critique is highly uninformed) and politics has had a long history of excluding women from positions of power and influence.(…)

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Ashley Belohlavek: Roles and Responsibilities within the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

Ashley Belohlavek: Roles and Responsibilities within the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

When discussing the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, people are often quick to pick a side and completely denounce the other. This situation is not black and white and there is no absolute right or wrong. Unfortunately, this does not stop foreign nations like the U.S. from interfering and showing clear preference to Israel and refusing to suspend(…)

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Ashley Belohlavek: Muslim Frustration with Modernity

Ashley Belohlavek: Muslim Frustration with Modernity

In the aftermath of the reign of colonialism within MENA states, a large portion of the Muslim community began searching for new ways to reform their disrupted society and way of life, and these reform movements included the birth of fundamentalist ideologies or simply resistance from the Muslim community to change their long held traditions(…)

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Ashley Belohlavek: The Nature of Wahhabism

Ashley Belohlavek: The Nature of Wahhabism

Wahabbism, Saudi Arabia’s on-and-off most widely recognized religion for the past few centuries, has had an extremely troubling history, particularly due to its treatment of basically every other religion in existence, especially Shi’i Islam and its neighboring sects. In order to understand Wahhabism’s relationship with and effect on Shi’ism, it is important to study Wahhabism’s(…)

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Ashley Belohlavek: Similarities Between Islam’s Greatest Empires

Ashley Belohlavek: Similarities Between Islam’s Greatest Empires

At first glance, the Ottoman, Safavid and Mughal Empires, Islam’s most iconic historical empires, seem to have hardly anything in common. While each empire produced incredible patronage to the Islamic religion, there are so many ways in which each empire approached its devotion in a different manner. Despite their differences, these three golden empires do(…)

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Ashley Belohlavek: The Spectrum of Muslim Reactions to Modern Crises

Ashley Belohlavek: The Spectrum of Muslim Reactions to Modern Crises

The idea of a nation-state is a fairly new concept to Muslim majority countries. Aside from empires, there was no real means of separating people by their geographical location. This started to change once the era of colonialism hit the Muslim world, breaking it up into completely arbitrary regions based on precious resources each area(…)

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Ashley Belohlavek: Significant Muslim Values and Thoughts on Ethics

Ashley Belohlavek: Significant Muslim Values and Thoughts on Ethics

When analyzing the main values and perceptions of the world that Muslims hold dear, one of the most important aspects of the religion to consider are the Five Pillars of Islam. These pillars are shahada, or the confession of faith that Allah is the only god and Muhammad was the Prophet, salat, or daily prayer(…)

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Ashley Belohlavek: Muslim Contributions To the European Renaissance

Ashley Belohlavek: Muslim Contributions To the European Renaissance

The Italian Renaissance and the Enlightenment are extraordinarily famous eras in history that are still celebrated today. While these popular times are frequently honored in history classes, it is not often that credit for so many of the discoveries made within these time periods is properly bestowed. While European nations are well known for these(…)

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Ashley Belohlavek: Muslim Interfaith Relations in Pre-Modern Times

Ashley Belohlavek: Muslim Interfaith Relations in Pre-Modern Times

While the Crusades have gone down in history as the longest and most famous holy wars, Muslims have had a long record of having very peaceful relations with those of differing religions, specifically Christians, Jews, and Hindus. Despite its strict monotheism, Islam is adamant about religious tolerance and respects the beliefs of non-Muslims and their(…)

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Ashley Belohlavek: Political Mindset in Early Muslim Society

Ashley Belohlavek: Political Mindset in Early Muslim Society

At the dawn of Muslim society, much of the Arabian Peninsula was at a loss for true religious culture and genuine piety. Arabians, many nomadic peoples, were largely viewed as barbarians and worshipped goddesses in almost a sarcastic, very condescending light.[i] When Meccan commercialism was booming, however, a local merchant named Mohammad was presented with(…)

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Ashley Belohlavek: Mohammad the Honest

Ashley Belohlavek: Mohammad the Honest

Prophet Mohammad was known for being an honest man and an all-around role model to everyone in his community. Mohammad grew up an orphan and never learned to read or write, but he was a skilled mediator and a knowledgeable businessman. Mohammad was so successful as a religious and political leader for many reasons, one(…)

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