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Harris Walker: Economic Nationalization and Western Imperialism

Harris Walker: Economic Nationalization and Western Imperialism

Challenging and altering the status quo is often the aim of progressive political movements. For colonized regions, this challenge is made even more difficult because of colonists’ notorious reticence to granting sovereignty to groups they previously controlled. Because powerful foreign powers have such a stake in maintaining the status quo, the path for colonized communities(…)

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Harris Walker: False Narratives Lead to False Conclusions

Harris Walker: False Narratives Lead to False Conclusions

False Narratives Lead to False Conclusions The Israeli-Palestinian conflict is often discussed as a conflict between Abrahamic religions. This is an understandable mischaracterization, as Israel has always been an avowedly Jewish State, the Western states that support Israel are predominantly Christian, and much of the Middle Eastern backlash against Israel has developed within an Islamic(…)

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Harris Walker: Differences between East and West Asian Muslim Nations

Harris Walker: Differences between East and West Asian Muslim Nations

Differences between East and West Asian Muslim Nations A growing population of Muslims in Southeast Asia is shifting the center of the Islamic World further East. Countries such as Indonesia and Malaysia have developed strong Muslim majorities that are paramount to understanding the political and social cultures of these states. Similarly, West Asian countries with(…)

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Harris Walker-Wahhabism and Shi’ism

Harris Walker-Wahhabism and Shi’ism

While oftentimes the discussion of the current state of the Islamic world is centered around the tensions arising between Muslims and those who identify with other religions, there are divisions between sects within Islam that have contributed to crises in the region. One source of discord within the religion is the divide between the Shi’i(…)

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Harris Walker: Modern Modern Nation-States and Islam

Harris Walker: Modern Modern Nation-States and Islam

The mass uprisings that occurred in the Middle East in the spring of 2011, which would come to be known as the Arab Spring, featured citizens that were fed up with their ineffectual governments that left them constantly unsatisfied. However, the root of the problems can be traced beyond simply these leaders’ inability to govern(…)

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Interfaith Relations in the Premodern Muslim World

Interfaith Relations in the Premodern Muslim World

The perception that Islam’s attitude towards other religions is one of either dismissal or outright disdain could not be further from the truth. Islam has historically been a religion of respect towards the other major religions of the world. Discussions of religious coexistence in the modern world are misleading as they paint an overly positive(…)

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Harris Walker: Early Origins of Islamic Political Life

Harris Walker: Early Origins of Islamic Political Life

The early origins of Islam developed in a time of great social and religious prosperity for the original followers of the newly formed religion. From its very inception, Islam was able to prosper in the region because it placed an emphasis on the betterment of people’s lives in the present, rather than solely concerning itself(…)

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