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Britta Janssen: “The Lordly Wind:” Eco-Spirituality in the Poetry of Jalāl Al-Dīn Rūmī

Britta Janssen: “The Lordly Wind:” Eco-Spirituality in the Poetry of Jalāl Al-Dīn Rūmī

“The Lordly Wind:” Eco-Spirituality in the Poetry of Jalāl Al-Dīn Rūmī The role of nature in the religion of Islam can be observed in multiple ways. Those interested in the human nature relationship can look at the way governments and religious leaders talk about the environment, or alternatively, the opposing views of dissenting non-profits and(…)

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Britta Janssen: Serenity and Divinity: Reflection through Islamic Art

Britta Janssen: Serenity and Divinity: Reflection through Islamic Art

  Serenity and Divinity: Reflection through Islamic Art Growing up, my first exposure to Islamic art was through the mainstream American media’s criticism that Islam inherently censors art and stifles creativity. This perception is not just limited to reactionary and xenophobic news, but has been echoed by western scholars and art critics alike. As Rabah(…)

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Britta Janssen: Responses to Western Modernity in the Muslim World

Britta Janssen: Responses to Western Modernity in the Muslim World

Responses to Western Modernity in the Muslim World It would seem impossible to have a discussion about the state of Muslim responses to modernity, both within predominately Muslim nations and Muslim communities elsewhere, without acknowledging the significance religion plays in these responses. As we have seen throughout the course, we have seen that the principles(…)

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Britta Janssen: Muslim Worldview–Tawhid

The Islamic Worldview is strongly rooted in the three principles told in the hadith of Gabriel[i]. The three concepts, which encompass many concepts were divided into the categories of tawhid,  or the universality and oneness of god, the nubuwwa, or prophecy, and the ma’ad or Return, which discusses the accountability and eternality of the human(…)

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Britta Janssen: European Renaissance: Roots in Islamic Thought

Britta Janssen: European Renaissance: Roots in Islamic Thought

In our current U.S. political climate of propaganda and prejudice against the greater Islamic world, developing a deep understanding of the history of Islam is more important than ever. One commonly overlooked part of the long and intertwined history of the Middle East and Europe is the significance of Islamic thought and science to the(…)

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Britta Janssen: The Political and Religious Acts of Mohammad

Britta Janssen: The Political and Religious Acts of Mohammad

In the study of any great movement in history, whether it be political or religious, it’s imperative to start with the historical foundations. In the case of the religion of Islam, Muhammad the Prophet is undoubtedly the most important figure. Exploring the religious and political acts of Muhammad and his role as the founder of(…)

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