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The Palestinian-Israeli Problem – Katie Ryan-O’Flaherty

The Palestinian-Israeli Problem – Katie Ryan-O’Flaherty

Election theology and Zion theology have been hotly debated in Western Civilizations since the construction of the Torah. Various prophets throughout the old testament argued for and against the idea that the Jewish people were chosen by God, and that Israel is their land by holy right. These religious narratives, while not the overarching source(…)

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The Socio-Political Differences Between East and West – Katie Ryan-O’Flaherty

The Socio-Political Differences Between East and West – Katie Ryan-O’Flaherty

     The scope of the governments and political histories in the Islamic world are as broad as the territory of the Islamic world. Given the drastically different political and cultural systems that these countries have given rise to, it is interesting to examine the origins of these regional and national differences. When looking at(…)

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Katie Ryan-O’Flaherty: Examining Wahhabi-Shi’a Relations Through Historical Context

Katie Ryan-O’Flaherty: Examining Wahhabi-Shi’a Relations Through Historical Context

For many Westerners, the political situation in the Middle East is so complicated as to be rendered untenable to study. There are so many ideological groups, economic motivators, and political power grabs that it is difficult to piece together the various factors that are in play in even the most specific political situation. However, when(…)

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Katie Ryan-O’Flaherty: Characterizations of the Muslim Response to Modernity

Katie Ryan-O’Flaherty: Characterizations of the Muslim Response to Modernity

The dual shocks of colonialism and modernization in the disrupted Islamic political and cultural systems to their core. Even after WWII, the West has given the Middle East and other Islamic nations little space to determine their own political goals and establish national systems that work for them. However, while these systems have not been(…)

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Katie Ryan-O’Flaherty: Muslim Interfaith Relations in the Pre-Modern World

Katie Ryan-O’Flaherty: Muslim Interfaith Relations in the Pre-Modern World

  The theory of the “clash of civilizations” is one of the most destructive historical master narratives created by western historians. Aside from being non-factual, it perpetuates both that Islamic and Christian empires developed separately (rather than as a joint, Islamo-Christian civilization), and the idea that Islamic and Christian civilizations are somehow irreparably different in(…)

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Katherine Ryan O’Flaherty: Religious and Socio-Political Factors in Early Muslim Political Philosopy

     The rapid expansion of the Islamic empire and the glory of its subsequent golden ages is a simultaneously improbable and easily explicable phenomena. The expansion of the religion and the empire can be ascribed to the Islamic political philosophy that encourages religion to inform politics. The nature of the prophet and his doctrine,(…)

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Katie Ryan-O’Flaherty: The Importance of the Role Model in the Sufi Tradition

Katie Ryan-O’Flaherty: The Importance of the Role Model in the Sufi Tradition

Role models and connection are important in many traditions. In taoism for example, the practitioner relies on the master for secret knowledge that will give them access to immortality. While in Buddhism, there was a whole branch of the tradition (called zen) traced back to a single moment in which the Buddha shared a facet(…)

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