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Hayley Segall- Ayodhya: The Physical Manifestation of Interfaith Relations in India

Hayley Segall- Ayodhya: The Physical Manifestation of Interfaith Relations in India

 Introduction In the academic and political worlds, the Islamic faith and its Muslim followers are often deemed incompatible with the broader global environment. More often than not, outsiders pit Islam against concepts of reason and civility, using it as a scapegoat for socio-political problems and deeply-seated historical trauma. Yet, it seems almost impossible that conflict(…)

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Hayley Segall: Calligraphy and Arabesque in Islamic Art

Hayley Segall: Calligraphy and Arabesque in Islamic Art

Islamic art and its characteristics, while variant depending on the context and space in which they were created, are highly metaphorical by nature. Art produced by Muslim Persians, Arabs, Indians and others have cultivated techniques deeply engrained in both Islamic tenets and scientific concepts resulting in the formation of a unique genre. With careful attention(…)

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Hayley Segall: Creating a place for Islamic Modernity

Hayley Segall: Creating a place for Islamic Modernity

Muslims have been led to believe by the West that in order to achieve modernity, which is often falsely associated with civility, Islam must be left behind in pursuit of European concepts. In reality, religious scriptures within Islam have been used to achieve a modernity unique to individual Muslim communities and societies. Yet, instead of(…)

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Hayley Segall: Art as Power and Identity in the Ottoman, Safavid, and Mughal Empires

Hayley Segall: Art as Power and Identity in the Ottoman, Safavid, and Mughal Empires

During the 16th century, Islamic Empires expanded and flourished throughout Europe, the Middle East and South Asia. The three most prominent Islamic Empires (the Ottoman Empire, the Safavid Empire, and the Mughal Empire) ranged in their territorial vastness and length of reign. The Ottoman Empire is viewed as the largest and longest lasting Muslim Empire(…)

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Hayley Segall: Moral Codes and Paradigms of Islam

Hayley Segall: Moral Codes and Paradigms of Islam

Islam has a highly codified moral and legal system in which behaviors and expectations of Muslim followers are founded in sacred works such as the Quran, the Hadith, pre-Islamic traditions, and reason[1].  There are many ways to describe Islamic ethics and paradigms, but the more effective way is to explore how the structures of Islamic(…)

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Hayley Segall: Muslims as the foundation to the European Renaissance

Hayley Segall: Muslims as the foundation to the European Renaissance

Between the 10th and 11th centuries, an Islamic renaissance flourished in which Muslim scholars and scientists elaborated on existing works and established new ideas regarding philosophy, science, literature, and faith. The depth and impact of such contributions reached beyond the borders of Arabia and the geographical origins of Islam. Through the spread of Islamic reign(…)

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Hayley Segall The Foundations of Islam- Muhammad’s Institutions

Hayley Segall The Foundations of Islam- Muhammad’s Institutions

Prior to Muhammad’s first prophetic experience in 610 c.e., Arabia was isolated in the midst of constant war between the ever-changing empires outside its borders. After 26 wars ensued over the course of eight centuries, Arabia’s primarily untouched pastoral land appealed as a fresh start: the chosen sight for market investment and the development of(…)

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