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The History of Aceh: Local Nationalism and Islam

The History of Aceh: Local Nationalism and Islam

The History of Aceh: Local Nationalism and Islam Aceh is a historically rich region that constitutes the northern tip of the island of Sumatra in what is now Indonesia. Aceh borders the Indian Ocean which has influenced its history as well as its current politics. The Indian Ocean saw a massive amount of culture flow(…)

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Islamic Art: Two Floral Plates

Islamic Art: Two Floral Plates

Islamic Art Islam, as a religion, has deep roots in art. Muslims deeply value art in their culture, similar to many other cultures of the world. However in the Islamic world art is inherently connected to religion. The Quran is always the first place that Muslims look for the foundational themes and guidelines of a(…)

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Islam and Modernity

Islam and Modernity

Response Paper # 5 The globalization of modernity has interacted with the muslim world in many different capacities. Although it can be argued that modern pop culture is all shifting towards a single, all encompassing monoculture, it is difficult to diverge from the fact that Islam has had an effect on this change. Modernity in(…)

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Intersections Between Medieval Islamic Empires – Ciaran Disny

Intersections Between Medieval Islamic Empires – Ciaran Disny

Response Paper 4 Three Islamic empires dominated Asia, Africa, Eastern Europe, and of course, the Middle East. The rise of these empires all occurred during the middle ages, or the medieval age. These empires were known as the Ottoman, Safavid, and Mughal empires. Many different factors set these empires apart including the lands that they(…)

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Ethics: The Foundation of the Islamic Worldview – Ciaran Disney

Ethics: The Foundation of the Islamic Worldview – Ciaran Disney

To understand the Islamic Worldview, one must first look closely at the foundations of Islam. The scape of the Islamic world is massive, spanning many different countries and billions of people. To be able to unpack the broad dimensions of this world requires a grasp of its groundworks: God, or Allah. In Islam, the word(…)

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Muslim Inclusion and Influence in the Latin West – Ciaran Disney

The contribution from Muslims to the European Renaissance began far before latin speaking europeans and arabic speaking muslims came into constant contact. After The Prophet Muhammad’s death, Islamic Arabia was left without a leader. This began the extension of Arabia’s fingers eastward and westward. Adoption of other societies and cultures led to creation of muslim(…)

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Ciaran Disney: Muhammad: A Religious and Political Leader

Ciaran Disney: Muhammad: A Religious and Political Leader

The Prophet Muhammed served as the man who unified the Arabian Peninsula. Previous to his revelation, the region was in shambles in comparison to their neighbor empires. However, Muhammed spurred a socio-religious revolution across Arabia which united the scattered tribes. The backdrop of inequity created an opportunity for The Prophet’s values of community and social(…)

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