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Flatliners, Dead Man Walking, and the Importance of Humanity in the Recognizing the Armenian Genocide

Flatliners, Dead Man Walking, and the Importance of Humanity in the Recognizing the Armenian Genocide

I will be the first to admit that applying the lessons of movies to genocide is difficult. Flatliners, to recap, is about doctoral students who kill each other and bring each other back to life in order to experience the afterlife. The ultimate goal of the film is to make a statement on the power(…)

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An Alternative Perspective: Why Islam Failed to Prevent Genocide

An Alternative Perspective: Why Islam Failed to Prevent Genocide

In my previous essay, “The Role of Islam in the Armenian Genocide and in Potential Armenian-Turkish Reconciliation”, I presented a case for hoe Islam acted on the side of the Armenians before and during the Armenian genocide. However, upon further research into the role of Pan-Islam, Ottomanism, and delayed nationalism, I present here an alternative(…)

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The Role of Islam in the Armenian Genocide and in Potential Armenian-Turkish Reconciliation

The Role of Islam in the Armenian Genocide and in Potential Armenian-Turkish Reconciliation

The history of Ottoman Turkey is bound so tightly to Islam that one cannot consider the 1915 genocide of two million Armenians without the factoring in the political effect of state-sponsored religion. Vahakn Dadrian claims that the Ottoman Turks established a superiority-subordination system based on the supremacy of Muslims under the law, which ultimately contributed(…)

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Leo: Hochberg: Alternative Paths to Reconciliation After the Armenian Genocide

Leo: Hochberg: Alternative Paths to Reconciliation After the Armenian Genocide

In a recent blog post that I wrote concerning reconciliation and forgiveness for the Armenian Genocide, I noted briefly my own predictions on the near future of acknowledgement on behalf of Erdogan’s government, and, predicated upon that, the future of forgiveness and reconciliation: “[T]his is the era of nationalism. Brexit, the American election, and Marine(…)

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Leo Hochberg: Islamic and Christian Perspectives on Acknowledging the Armenian Genocide

Leo Hochberg: Islamic and Christian Perspectives on Acknowledging the Armenian Genocide

In history, the Armenian genocide presents an unusual case; that of an ethnic minority that is capable of and potentially willing to offer forgiveness, but is prevented from doing so by the fact that the perpetrators of their oppression have denied that genocide ever took place. This is not surprising, given that the Turks undertook(…)

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Leo Hochberg: What Must Not Be Forgiven

Leo Hochberg: What Must Not Be Forgiven

“Let it go, we must let it go. Clinging to this revenge or hate and not forgiving keeps us from certain spiritual points. It gives us power and a sense of release immediately, but its evil for the soul is much, much greater than the sense of instant gratification it brings with it,” (Nasr, 7).(…)

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Leo Hochberg: Comparing Archaic Revivalism and Islamic Traditionalism in “Persepolis” and “The Mantle of the Prophet”

Leo Hochberg: Comparing Archaic Revivalism and Islamic Traditionalism in “Persepolis” and “The Mantle of the Prophet”

“My mother and the servants who had been brought from Iran would tell me the deeds and fates of our legendary kings and heroes. To them these fearless champions had really existed and were part of our history. Hence my surprise when in grade two in the French Lyceé of Beirut (I was six years(…)

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Timeless Traditions of Islamic Art

Timeless Traditions of Islamic Art

Paintings, massive and miniature; mosques, triumphant in their architectural prowess; calligraphy, the ancient mother of all Islamic art forms. These, among other forms, are the greater progenies of centuries of Islamic civilization’s quest for creative mastery. And indeed, the contributions of the Islamic world towards toward art in all its forms has been a timeless(…)

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Imperialism and the Rise of Islamic Fundamentalism

Imperialism and the Rise of Islamic Fundamentalism

Imperialism and Modernization In the grand course of modernization in the Muslim world, it has often been asked whether Islam had direct import upon the frequent rejections of modernity that have been seen in the MENA region over the past two centuries. Is Islam, in all its vast motion and change over the centuries, opposed(…)

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Leo Hochberg: Diversity and Art in the Three Medieval Muslim Empires

Leo Hochberg: Diversity and Art in the Three Medieval Muslim Empires

Even the greatest of historians could not successfully document all the many commonalities between the three medieval Muslim empires. However, two stand out in their descriptions of imperial culture, the first being responses to internal diversity. Each empire met its own struggle to maintain central authority throughout its expansion without risking the alienation of its(…)

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Leo Hochberg: Ethics, Paradigms, and the Islamic Worldview

Leo Hochberg: Ethics, Paradigms, and the Islamic Worldview

To understand the Islamic worldview, one must first consider the primary pillar of Islam, the shahada. While the profession of faith appears simple, comprehending its deeper meaning requires an explanation of its underlying notion, tawhid – the Unity of God. The most accurate description of tawhid’s relationship with Islam to be found in available source(…)

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Leo Hochberg: Islam and the Progression of Science

Leo Hochberg: Islam and the Progression of Science

Islam and the Progression of Science “The importance of this ‘Muslim’ or ‘Arab’ science to the general progress of culture is beyond question, and much evidence of it can be adduced,” (Holt, 742). A great number of scholars can attest that much of the foundation for modern science, be it optics, astronomy, medicine, mathematics, literature, physics,(…)

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Leo Hochberg: The Prophet Muhammad: Seeking Social Change Through the Institution of Religion

Leo Hochberg: The Prophet Muhammad: Seeking Social Change Through the Institution of Religion

One can hardly say where Muhammad obtained his stupendous moral character; perhaps from his adopted family, perhaps from his first wife Khadija, or maybe even from God. But whether it was his humble beginnings or the light of the divine that guided him up the fabled paths of Mount Hira and to the voice of(…)

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