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Emily Hamlin: Hürrem Sultan’s Influence on the Ottoman Empire and the Western World

Emily Hamlin: Hürrem Sultan’s Influence on the Ottoman Empire and the Western World

Throughout history, women have found ways to gain influence in political structures set up to keep them from power. This was equally true in the Islamic Gunpowder Empires. Changes in the political structure and hierarchy of power in the Ottoman Empire gave rise to a roughly 130-year period marked by heightened female influence in the(…)

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Emily Hamlin: Quranic Themes in Islamic Art

Emily Hamlin: Quranic Themes in Islamic Art

The main defining characteristic of Islamic art is that, naturally, it is first and foremost a means of expressing religious devotion. Because of this, Islamic art is closely tied to religious texts and ideas. Islamic art takes inspiration from the Quran itself, both its written and recited forms, as well as themes discussed in the(…)

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Emily Hamlin: Clash Between the Muslim and Western Worlds

Emily Hamlin: Clash Between the Muslim and Western Worlds

Emily Hamlin 11/14/16   Throughout the 20th century, the west has had a strong influence on Muslim thought and culture. As western influence grew, it became more and more clear that Islam and Muslim culture did not match western values and culture. Islam itself is not the cause of Muslim disenchantment with modernity, but rather(…)

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Emily Hamlin: Similarities between the Ottoman, Safavid, and Mughal Empires

Emily Hamlin: Similarities between the Ottoman, Safavid, and Mughal Empires

Emily Hamlin 10/31/16   The Ottoman, Safavid, and Mughal Empires all reached their peaks between the 16th and 17th centuries. Combined, the empires spanned from Egypt, across the Middle East and Persia, all the way to India. Each empire controlled areas with distinct physical, ethnic, and religious environments, yet were similar in many ways. The(…)

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Emily Hamlin: Ethics and Worldview of Islam

Emily Hamlin: Ethics and Worldview of Islam

Emily Hamlin 10/17/16 Islamic Worldview and Ethics Islamic worldview and ethics is influenced by a wide range of factors. The most primary sources of ethical principles are the direct word of God through the Quran, as well as the statements of the Prophet Mohammad. Interpretations of Islam in legal and spiritual contexts, though further removed(…)

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Emily Hamlin: The Influence of Muslim Scientific Advancements on the European Renaissance

Emily Hamlin: The Influence of Muslim Scientific Advancements on the European Renaissance

From the 9th to 13th centuries, the Muslim world was at the height of its scientific exploration, and essentially going through a Renaissance of its own. Meanwhile, Europe was slowly emerging from the “dark ages”, a time of little academic and scientific advancement and bad conditions in comparison with the “light” of the Renaissance in(…)

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Emily Hamlin: Mohammad as a Religious and Political Leader

Emily Hamlin: Mohammad as a Religious and Political Leader

Leading a religious revolution is complicated and takes a strong person. In order to receive revelations from God about a new religion, teach them in a way that compels people to convert, and set up conditions in which the new group of converts can multiply and prosper, one must be very skillful and devoted to(…)

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