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Lucy Hall: Themes in Classical and Modern Islamic Poetry

Lucy Hall: Themes in Classical and Modern Islamic Poetry

The two poems I chose were Sa’di’s “Compassion on the Orphans” for the classical selection and “Water” by Sohrab Sepehri as my modern poetry selection. First, I will analyze these poems separately and identify their moral connections to Islam. Then I will compare the two and the ways in which these poems differ in the(…)

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Lucy Hall: Islamic Art and Spirituality

Lucy Hall: Islamic Art and Spirituality

Art is one of the primary modes of expression of devotion to Allah and Islam. Thus, there are many forms of Islamic art, as there are many forms of personal religious expression. Two forms of art that I will discuss and compare include calligraphy and Persian painting. I will conclude by discussing themes common between(…)

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Lucy Hall: Form, Performance and Spirituality in Mosque Visit

Lucy Hall: Form, Performance and Spirituality in Mosque Visit

The architectural features of the mosque at the Islamic Center of Cleveland (as well as nearly every mosque in the world) are highly symbolic and representative of concepts of Islam, relating specifically to ideas of the cosmos and their relationship to humans. The round dome that forms the center of the worshipping room represents the(…)

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Lucy Hall: The Three Muslim Gunpowder Empires

Lucy Hall: The Three Muslim Gunpowder Empires

  Ismail founded the Safavid empire in 1501 when he overthrew the existing dynasty and named himself the new Shah, creating the new Shiite empire. This Shiism blended with the surrounding Persian culture. Like the Ottoman Empire, the Safavids were very militaristic in their government affairs. Unlike the other two empires, the legitimacy of the(…)

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Lucy Hall-The Islamic Moral System: Values and Sins

Lucy Hall-The Islamic Moral System: Values and Sins

Of the many ethical systems that exist in religion, Islamic morals, when viewed through an ethical lens, tend to take a more virtue-related shape. Unlike utilitarian ethics, Islamic ethics are much less focused on the practical. Although there are particular duties of Islam, such as prayer and philanthropy, it is not a duty-centric moral system.(…)

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Lucy Hall: Characteristics of an Islamic Worldview

Lucy Hall: Characteristics of an Islamic Worldview

In terms of an Islamic worldview, Muslims are told in the Qu’ran to view the world as something they have the opportunity, even duty, to conquer, as it is a gift to them from God. At the same time, although humans have a certain level of authority over the universe, God can still see all(…)

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Lucy Hall: Islamic Scholarship and the European Renaissance

Lucy Hall: Islamic Scholarship and the European Renaissance

An influencer of the European Renaissance that is often undervalued or completely omitted is that of the prior Islamic scholarship of the Abbasid Caliphate. Muslim scholars made contributions that ranged from the sciences to metaphysics, and provided access to scholarly works of the past by translating them into Arabic. What many Muslim scholars achieved at(…)

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Lucy Hall: Moral Obligations to God as Presented in Surat Maryam

Lucy Hall: Moral Obligations to God as Presented in Surat Maryam

Chapter nineteen of the Qur’an begins with God recounting to Muhammad his conversation with the Hebrew prophet Zechariah. Their conversation provides God with an opportunity to tell of some other believers that have served him, and the ways in which their service pleased or displeased him. During this discourse, God mentions the importance of prayer(…)

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