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Mehri: Iran trending towards secular democracy?

Mehri: Iran trending towards secular democracy?

Dylan Mehri Religion 275 Professor Mahallati December 17, 2016 Is there a trend of power moving away from theocratic sovereignty in Iran with recent elections?   Since the Iranian Revolution of 1979, Iran became one of the few nations in the world that have a theocratic government. While there are elected officials in the Iranian(…)

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Dylan Mehri: The Palestinian-Israeli Problem: A political rather conflict rather than religious intolerance

Dylan Mehri: The Palestinian-Israeli Problem: A political rather conflict rather than religious intolerance

Dylan Mehri Religion 275 Professor Mahallati November 28, 2016 The Palestinian-Israeli Problem: A political rather conflict rather than religious intolerance   The violent and complicated situation of that Palestine and Israel are stuck in today dates back to the end of World War II when the Allied countries created it as somewhat of an apology(…)

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Dylan Mehri: Can Western Muslim States catch a breather from the West?

Dylan Mehri: Can Western Muslim States catch a breather from the West?

Dylan Mehri Religion 275 Professor Mahallati November 14th, 2016 Can Western Muslim States catch a breather from the West?   Before taking this class, I did not realize that the largest population of Muslims did not lie in the Middle East or South Asia—that in fact, the largest Muslim population was in Indonesia with over(…)

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Mehri: Factors of the Wahhabi-Shi’i Conflict

Mehri: Factors of the Wahhabi-Shi’i Conflict

Dylan Mehri Professor Mahallati October 31st, 2016   If one wants to determine the solution of the Wahhabi-Shi’i encounter, a study of the historical, socio-political and religious elements of these two Islamic societies needs to take place. Beginning with the history and the religion, much of the conflict derives from the schism that occurred in(…)

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Dylan Mehri: The Question of Modernity

Dylan Mehri: The Question of Modernity

Dylan Mehri Religion 244 Professor Mahallati October 17th, 2016   One thing that almost all Muslims can agree on is that the state of modern Islam is not ideal—it has lost its way since the Golden Age of the Prophet Mohammad and the first four caliphs. As Carl Brown and Wael Hallaq explain, Muslims and(…)

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Dylan Mehri: Islam as the Peacekeeper Religion

Dylan Mehri: Islam as the Peacekeeper Religion

Dylan Mehri Religion 275 Professor Mahallati September 26, 2016   “God belongs only to you.” “Somewhere beyond right and wrong, there is a garden. I will meet you there.”   As the Persian poet, Hafez, once said, “God belongs only to you.” This quote may be interpreted in various ways, but I see it as(…)

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Dylan Mehri: The Fusion of Religion and Politics in early Islam

Dylan Mehri Religion and Politics Professor Mahallati September 12, 2016 The Fusion of Religion and Politics in early Islam          The rise of Islam and Muslim state beginning in the 7th century created perhaps the biggest intertwinement of politics and religion since the birth of Jesus Christ and Christianity. W. Montgomery Watt’s(…)

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