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Israel and Palestine: What is and What Could Be

Israel and Palestine: What is and What Could Be

Israel and Palestine: What is and What Could Be                                      When looking at the Palestinian-Israeli conflict that is in some way or another known by international audiences today, it is easily understood that extraordinary hostility is at the(…)

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A Comparative Look Across Asia

Asia, home to a great many Islamic cultures, displays various differences between states in terms of how they are run politically. One of the most prominent factors shaping the socio-political landscape across Asia in case studies like Afghanistan and Pakistan is the presence of foreign influence as a result of geological significance held by the(…)

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The Prospect of Normalization

      The Prospect of Normalization     When distinguishing Wahhabism from Shi’ism, it is significant to note that Wahhabist theology has an unyielding commitment to bringing back the glory of the past Islamic civilizations. Shi’ism, on the other hand, with the emphasis of justice and the betterment of the future, differs from this(…)

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Muslims and the Issue of Modernity

         Muslims and the Issue of Modernity   The contemporary world of Middle East offers a geography of sociopolitical conflicts. One problem that the Muslim community with democracy and modernization seems to be the lack of guidance or leadership in matters such as how to handle individual freedom when it is not defined(…)

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Reactions by the Alem-i Mümin

Reactions by the Alem-i Mümin

 Reactions from the Alem-i Mümin   Our readings and class discussion in the last weeks revolved around intrareligious interactions, especially involving the Muslim community’s responses to outside stimuli. And especially our fierce brainstorming in class when we personnally experienced overlapping master narratives revealed to me how significantly single stories can dominate/disrupt knowledge.  Our attempts to(…)

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Theology and Politics in Early Islam

Theology and Politics in Early Islam

Theology and Politics in Early Islam The last two weeks have provided us with a comprehensive overview of the life of a ‘mümin’ – a believer of Islam- in the early stages of Muslim rule. Muslim political Philosophy, the way the Umma came to be ruled was greatly shaped by the contemporary plight of society(…)

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