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Carlos Armstrong: Islamic Art

Analysis of Iznik Ware Tile   The piece chosen for this visual analysis is an Iznik ware tile from the court bath at the eyüp sultan mosque in Istanbul found in the Allen Memorial Art Museum. It is a standard rectangular tile made of glazed ceramic dated back to 1574. The tile depicts a symmetrical(…)

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Carlos Armstrong: Power in the Three Muslim Kingdoms

(Response 4) The Ottoman, Safavid, and Mughal empires had all strongly favored immense military power and the fine arts. As a result, all three kingdoms constructed their palaces to convey the power of their ruler through how the architecture of the palace manipulated the gaze of the viewer. The palaces of the three Muslim kingdoms(…)

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Carlos Armstrong: Modernity and Modern Islam

Modernity in a socio-historical contexts serves as a progressive movement through which people are brought into more civilized reason. As modernistic tendencies favor a shift away from what is traditional in a culture, cultures based around religion face the challenges that arise from an increase in secularism. In Muslim cultures, the increase in secular practices(…)

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Carlos Armstrong: An Analysis of Islamic Elements Through the Five Pillars

The fundamentals of Islam are based on a feeling of unity with God through submission to His plan and will. The key component in participating in this submission is through the religious practices of Islam, ranging from recitation of daily prayer to pilgrimage to Mecca. Because Islam is built on the idea that “people are(…)

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Carlos Armstrong: Islamic Contributions to the European Renaissance

Carlos Armstrong: Islamic Contributions to the European Renaissance

The European Renaissance was a specific period of time in which cultural exchange between the Western and Middle Eastern worlds was at one of its highest points. Sicily and Spain served as the main points of cultural transmission as Norman-Arab-Byzantine exchange grew and developed. Eventually, translations of Arabic writings became available in the various languages(…)

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Carlos Armstrong: The Prophet Muhammad as a Leader

Carlos Armstrong: The Prophet Muhammad as a Leader

Before the advent of Islam in Arabia, the peninsula existed as a series of tribes that held basic societal structures. Although there was no overall unified societal leadership that united the tribes, constant political shifts that resulted from the wars between the Romans and Persians created a niche space in Arabian society for some form(…)

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