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Camille Backman: Dara Shikoh and Hindu-Muslim Relations

Camille Backman: Dara Shikoh and Hindu-Muslim Relations

Examining points of cultural exchange and moments of connection through works of art can reveal several deeper dimensions to the existence and establishment of Islam within India. In particular, certain historical moments of leadership and promotion of education in support of exploring multiple methods of thought reveal specific efforts to create a society that allowed(…)

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Camille Backman: Exploring Multiple Narratives of Conflict

Camille Backman: Exploring Multiple Narratives of Conflict

The Palestinian-Israeli problem includes a multitude of narratives and feeds the politicization of religion in a direction that provides no simple and clear solution. First, examining the development and ideologies of the Hamas and Hizbullah groups, desirable outcomes can be explored. Further, exploring the ways in which the US has taken part and affected certain(…)

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Camille Backman: Community Influence on the East and West

Camille Backman: Community Influence on the East and West

The socio-political factors that constitute the main differences of East Asian and West Asian Muslim States include the adaptability of certain governmental structures, the impacts of several major wars, and the various leadership styles demonstrated in the respective areas. The differences include the formation of non government groups including policies developed apart from the large(…)

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Camille Backman: Nuances of Ideals within the Shi’a Resurgence

Camille Backman: Nuances of Ideals within the Shi’a Resurgence

The Wahhabi-Shi’i encounter experiences influence from a variety of factors, but some of the most significant factors include resources of oil, the development of a very defined Wahhabi identity, and the tension between Saudi Arabia and Iraq. Further, examining the resurgence of Shi’ism in Iran greatly contributes to deeper understanding of this conflict. This encounter(…)

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Camille Backman: Fractures through Modernity

Camille Backman: Fractures through Modernity

The crises of modernity pushed the development of multiple interpretations and instances of radical reform displayed in a multitude of ways in order to maintain relevance and preserve certain Islamic ideologies. Modernity brought about the exposition of branches of radicalism and different efforts of reform political approaches in numerous countries. Specifically, trends of capitalism and(…)

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Camille Backman: Engaging Community in Art

Camille Backman: Engaging Community in Art

  Language, community, and art largely influenced pre-modern societal Muslim Interfaith relations. Further, a large trend of translation and cross-cultural pollination provide support to positive and understanding alternative narratives of pre-modern interfaith relations. Respect out of similarity defined the initial relationship between Judaism and Islam, particularly before the spread of colonialism. Due to the gradual(…)

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Camille Backman: Leadership and Community within Early Islamic Political Philosophy

Camille Backman: Leadership and Community within Early Islamic Political Philosophy

The formation of an early Muslim political philosophy evolved largely due to the intertwining of community attitudes and the concept of ideal rulers. The early Islamic political philosophy was largely outcome based and heavily drew upon systems that would function in such a way so as to not disrupt the ability to follow a religious(…)

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