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Elliot Bailey: Motors for Sectarian Divergence In Islam’s Past

Elliot Bailey: Motors for Sectarian Divergence In Islam’s Past

Practitioners of Islam are called members of the community, part of the “ummah.” Despite this, a discussion of Islam today is now a discussion of various communities with differing beliefs and practices. This essay will survey some of the things in Islam’s past and present identity/reality that have allowed it to diverge in so many(…)

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Elliot Bailey: The Aversion to Specificity in Islamic Art

Elliot Bailey: The Aversion to Specificity in Islamic Art

I’m sitting in the lounge of the Religion Department on one of the chair enclave’s four sides. Over my right shoulder is a display case brimming with artifacts. I’m here to see the art and calligraphy inside. As I look over them over—the dishes, books, sculptures, rings—I remember what I learned from the readings about(…)

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Elliot Bailey: Some Things Islam Finds Troublesome About Modernity

Elliot Bailey: Some Things Islam Finds Troublesome About Modernity

Religion is a factor in Muslim disenchantment with modernity, yes, but it’s not the only factor. Anyways: the west, with what it’s imposed and what it’s presented for the taking in terms of modernity, hasn’t offered a religiously exclusive system. Modernity isn’t atheistic and Heaven knows certain of its elements have little to do with(…)

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Elliot Bailey: Similarities Among the Three Gunpowder Empires

Elliot Bailey: Similarities Among the Three Gunpowder Empires

In the sixteenth century three empires—the Ottoman, Safavid and Mughal—arose together. From similar circumstances three small turkic communities or Beyliks (4) rose to preponderance, butting up against each other, vying for power and acknowledging each other’s significance in a single region of the world. They were the Islamic Gunpowder Empires. The three empires came from(…)

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Elliot Bailey | How the neck moves: Islamic perspective and sources of change

Elliot Bailey | How the neck moves: Islamic perspective and sources of change

What is the Islamic worldview? What do muslims believe? A list of legitimate answers could sprawl ahead of us and by the time we reached its end, we’d easily miss the religion’s common threads. Today, Islam is practiced in many different, sometimes conflicting ways. The answer to the question is that the Islamic worldview is(…)

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Elliot Bailey: Muhammad: Early Arabia’s Tactician in the Rough

Elliot Bailey: Muhammad: Early Arabia’s Tactician in the Rough

Muhammad was a man that didn’t purport to be a higher being. After meeting with the angel Gabriel, he reentered Mecca with a message and the crowd he met there was tough. By nature they were skeptical of a new religion that seeked to dissolve their bohemianism, tribal bonds, and the freewheeling romanticism of nomadic culture. Tribes were(…)

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