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Islamic Art as Visual Literature

Islamic Art as Visual Literature

Fundamental to the expression of the spiritualism of Islam is the idea that its essence rests within one’s soul. In poetry and prose, that expression is rendered in literature, a reflection of the language of scholarly discourse that has endured since the religion’s founding moments. Though the application of that scholarship has changed, the Sufi(…)

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The Clockwork Family – An Examination of Muslim Culture and Modernity

The Clockwork Family – An Examination of Muslim Culture and Modernity

Given the heterogeneity of the Muslim faith and its cultural attachments, it is intrinsically reductionist to pare its friction with modernity down to a single factor. The general unease seen in the Muslim world in reaction to the tide of paradigm-shifting trends emerging around the world — including, but not limited to, the complete autonomy(…)

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A Link Between Empires: Methods of Establishing Legitimate Rule Among 16th Century Muslim Empires

A Link Between Empires: Methods of Establishing Legitimate Rule Among 16th Century Muslim Empires

As new dynasties erupted across the near east and central and south Asia, a new age of Islamic rule descended upon the world of the 16th century. With memories of the Umayyads and other ancient Muslim empires now faded, it fell upon idealistic rulers to take up that mantle. Three contiguous superpowers emerged: The Ottomans,(…)

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Christian Bolles: Humble Revelation: Dualism and Unity in the Islamic Worldview

Christian Bolles: Humble Revelation: Dualism and Unity in the Islamic Worldview

A thousand-year-old religion boasting a wild heterogeneity of traditions, ethics, and worldviews, Islam unites a divergent but connected network of sub-religions that draw different conclusions from the same text. These differences stem mainly from multivarious approaches to the Quran itself, and speak to the fundamental ethics of each denomination. For the purposes of this response,(…)

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Christian Bolles: Who Started the Renaissance? It’s About Optics (And Much More)

Christian Bolles: Who Started the Renaissance? It’s About Optics (And Much More)

In modern colloquial discourse, there has been a broad erasure of Muslim contributions to European society to further a narrative of otherism. This skewed perspective ignores not only the sheer sophistication of pre-Renaissance Muslim civilization, but also the significant cultural, literary, and scientific exchange that defined the relationship between the Muslim and European worlds –(…)

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Response: Muhammad as a Leader – Christian Bolles

Response: Muhammad as a Leader – Christian Bolles

Response: Muhammad as a Leader By Christian Bolles Since a spark of humanity flickered in the eyes of an ape and the first myth was told, belief — and, by turns, religion — has always been about community. It’s the gravitational force that binds every religion in history; a core set around a solid set(…)

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