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Max Condon: Understanding Cultural Exchange Between Christianity and Islam Through Pseudo-Arabic

Max Condon: Understanding Cultural Exchange Between Christianity and Islam Through Pseudo-Arabic

Through the Middle Ages and into the Renaissance, Europe was shaped by cultural exchange with Islamic Empires.  These exchanges shaped the fields of mathematics, medicine, science, and philosophy, but they also led to artistic developments.  One example of how artistic iconography in Europe was shaped by cultural contact with muslims was the deployment of Pseudo-Kufic(…)

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Max Condon: Key Characteristics of Islamic Art

Max Condon: Key Characteristics of Islamic Art

Islamic Art is a incredibly diverse field of creation and representation across a wide variety of times, cultures, and art forms.  While the art is a difficult field to examine to to its scope, there are some significant characteristics that appear across a substantial spectrum of the creative output of Muslim cultures.  In the visual(…)

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Max Condon: Modernity and Islamic Cultures

Max Condon: Modernity and Islamic Cultures

In discussing Muslim disenchantment with modernity, it can be tempting to single out religion as the root cause of this disillusionment.  By examining modernity from a historical perspective, a more nuanced understanding is achieved.  If it can be shown that there is no innate resistance to modernity in Islam as a religion, then the question(…)

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Max Condon: Common Characteristics of the Gunpowder Empires

Max Condon: Common Characteristics of the Gunpowder Empires

The “Gunpowder Empires” that formed in the 16th century represented three diverse Muslim empires that spread across vast territories through the use revolutionary military technology and strategy.  They were the Ottoman Empire, the Safavid Empire, and the Mughal Empire.  While there are many differences in the way these empires operated culturally and politically, there are(…)

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Max Condon: Islamic Worldview

Max Condon: Islamic Worldview

The Islamic Worldview is shaped by a variety of different sources and characteristics that come together to form teachings that shape one’s self, one’s way of life, and one’s interactions with those around them.  There are a wide variety of different schools and teachings regarding laws and ethics, and as a result there is not(…)

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Max Condon: Islamic Thought and European Development

Max Condon: Islamic Thought and European Development

During the Islamic Golden Age, the cultivation of knowledge led to centuries of advancements across a variety of fields.  Mathematics, astronomy, medicine, physics, and philosophy all flourished as great thinkers and resources came together in centers for intellectual discovery.  Islamic civilization became a bastion for the great academic texts of history, defending, translating, and building(…)

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Max Condon: The Leadership of Muhammad and the Birth of a Community

Max Condon: The Leadership of Muhammad and the Birth of a Community

The growth and success of Islam in the early part of the seventh century was due in large part to the leadership of the Prophet Muhammad.  The deep blending of religious of political life was central to Muhammad’s establishment of the early muslim community.  In this way, Muhammad served as both a religious and political(…)

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