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Léo Anderson: Centrality of Non-Figurative Representation, Arabesque in Islamic Art

Léo Anderson: Centrality of Non-Figurative Representation, Arabesque in Islamic Art

Art is often seen as the personal or political, and is expected to have a certain “originality” that evokes a collective emotion or response in an audience. In contrast, Islamic Art is seen as an expression of divine beauty, which is void of the self-serving qualities that are inherent to the subjectivism of Western art.(…)

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Léo Anderson:  Envisioning Islam and a Non-Western “Modernity”

Léo Anderson: Envisioning Islam and a Non-Western “Modernity”

In an era of progressing globalization, there has been an increasing conception that Islam is incompatible with current understandings of “modernity”. An idea that has been defined, monopolized and oppressively enforced on other countries by the West since the colonial era, “modernity” has been imposed on Muslim societies, much like the rest of the non-Western(…)

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Léo Anderson: Diversity, Governance, and Military Organization of the Ottoman, Safavid & Mughal Empires

Léo Anderson: Diversity, Governance, and Military Organization of the Ottoman, Safavid & Mughal Empires

Around the beginning of the 16th century, the Ottoman, Safavid and Mughal Empires began to expand and develop various ways of enacting governance, military power and methods of taxation and trade. Although these empires originated from different roots and the territories and populations encompassed under them varied greatly, they shared similar aspects in their approaches(…)

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Léo Anderson: The Role of Ethics and Ritual in Shaping Islamic Worldview

Léo Anderson: The Role of Ethics and Ritual in Shaping Islamic Worldview

The Islamic worldview is informed by the principles, ethics and the practice of Islam, in which devotional rituals are the ways that central Islamic values and ethical principles manifest themselves when put into practice in daily life. In this response paper, I will explore the relationship between the most essential Islamic ethical tenets, and how(…)

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Léo Anderson: Influence of Islamic Intellectualism on the European Renaissance

Léo Anderson: Influence of Islamic Intellectualism on the European Renaissance

From the beginning of Islamic tradition, the importance of intellectual pursuits is stressed, as recorded in the Qu’ran: “Seek knowledge, in China if necessary” (Holt, p.741). With the gradual spread of the early Islamic Empire, this is exactly what the Muslim community did. With the course of the Arab conquests, they began to revive and(…)

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Léo Anderson: Unity and Cooperation through Mediation

Léo Anderson: Unity and Cooperation through Mediation

In the pre-Islamic Near East, various groups of people from different ethnic and religious backgrounds—from Christians, Jews, Zoroastrians to polytheists—lived in close enough proximity of each other to come into contact with each other’s faiths and maintain a coexistence that could be shaky and often rife with conflict. One of the most astounding abilities that(…)

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