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Jesse Potts: Islamic Poetry

Jesse Potts: Islamic Poetry

Poetry is a critical and significant component of Islamic culture. In our class presentations, we were exposed to examples of both classical and modern Islamic poetry in many different forms.   Through this exercise we were able to experience the far-reaching scope of Islamic poetry, as well as analyze the ways in which poetry both impacts(…)

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Jesse Potts: Islamic Art

Jesse Potts: Islamic Art

Islamic art plays an instrumental role in one’s understanding and appreciation of Islamic culture. Though beautiful in it’s own right, the deeper meaning and purpose of Islamic art can be understood through its worship of Allah and its connection to the divine and other vital Islamic principles. Islamic art can take many forms, although all(…)

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Jesse Potts: Mosque Visit

Jesse Potts: Mosque Visit

This past Saturday, I was able to experience an authentic Muslim place of worship for the first time during our class visit to the Islamic Center of Cleveland. Through this visit, I gained valuable new insights on the religion of Islam, particularly regarding the relationship between three elements that are closely tied to the mosque:(…)

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Jesse Potts: The Islamic Empires

Jesse Potts: The Islamic Empires

Three powerful and influential Islamic empires emerged in Southwest Asia and India following the fifteenth century: the Ottoman Empire, the Safavid Empire, and the Mughal Empire. While all three empires developed distinct cultures of rule under different circumstances and influences, these empires also shared a striking number of commonalities. Perhaps the most obvious and noteworthy(…)

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Jesse Potts: The Islamic Moral System

Jesse Potts: The Islamic Moral System

The religion of Islam is heavily invested in the principle of morality: Islam’s moral system is striking in that it not only defines morality, but also guides the human race in how to achieve it, at both the individual and collective level. This moral system serves as the guiding principle for which Muslims ought be(…)

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Jesse Potts: The Islamic Worldview

Jesse Potts: The Islamic Worldview

Though the religion of Islam shares many similarities with other religions (such as Christianity), Islamic faith promotes a unique worldview held by followers. Through consideration of significant concepts such as the cosmos (and the status of human being), conceptualizations of life and the afterlife, and the characteristics of God-human relationsone should be able to piece(…)

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Jesse Potts: The Influence of Muslim Scholars in the European Renaissance

Jesse Potts: The Influence of Muslim Scholars in the European Renaissance

During the time of the Abbasid Caliphate (specifically 900-1200 CE), there were many important and influential advancements made by Muslim scholars in the areas of mathematics, science, philosophy, and medicine (among others.) This period of great intellectual advancement in the Muslim World coincided with the unification of many ethnic and religious groups, all unified by(…)

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Jesse Potts: Issues of Morality in Surat Maryam

Jesse Potts: Issues of Morality in Surat Maryam

Upon my reading of Surat Maryam, I believe that the three most significant moral issues in this chapter are those of: Idolatry and the fate of nonbelievers, gratitude and devotion to Allah, and Allah’s propensity for mercy and forgiveness. In Surat Maryam, each of these three complex moral issues comes under the lens of focus(…)

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