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Maya Howard-Watts: Islamic Poetry

Maya Howard-Watts: Islamic Poetry

In Islam there has been a long tradition of mystical poetry.  Poetry is a highly respected art in Islam that has influenced Muslims and surpassed national boarders and ethnic divisions.  Poetry is also and art form that can be traced back for hundreds of years, it has always been a medium in which Muslims search(…)

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Maya Howard Watts: Islamic Art

Maya Howard Watts: Islamic Art

Although Muslims believe that God cannot be represented through art, they do believe that art is a form in which he can be worshiped.  Therefore depictions of living creatures are not seen in religious Islamic art (which is not necessarily true for secular Islamic art).  Because of this religious Islamic art is commonly seen in(…)

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Maya Howard-Watts: Characteristics of the Three Muslim Empires

Maya Howard-Watts: Characteristics of the Three Muslim Empires

The Ottoman, Safavid and Mughal Empires were three Muslim empires that conquered Turkey and the Balkans, Iran, and India, Pakistan and Afghanistan respectively. They rose after the crusades and although their ethnicities were diverse, Islam united them all.  In 1453 the Seljuk Turks conquered Constantinople and the Ottomans rose on the land that the Turks(…)

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Maya Howard Watts: The Muslim Contribution to the European Renaissance

Maya Howard Watts: The Muslim Contribution to the European Renaissance

When the Abbasids revolted against the Ummayyad dynasty they made way for a new age of learning.  Under the Abbasids there was an inclusion of all religions and social classes.  Jews and Christians were welcome to practice their beliefs and interactions with other societies such as the Syrians, Byzantines, Persians for example were greatly encouraged(…)

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Maya Howard-Watts: Islamic Ethics and Morality

Maya Howard-Watts: Islamic Ethics and Morality

One of the most important aspects of Islam is monotheism; there is no god but God, and no one else holds his powers.  However, since humans accepted the trust of God, due to our ignorance, human beings bear the trust of God and are said to carry part of God’s soul.  I think that this(…)

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Maya Howard-Watts: Islamic Worldview

Maya Howard-Watts: Islamic Worldview

The Quran states that everything is created for human beings; in Islam humans are seen as God’s magnum opus.  Since we accepted the trust of God, due to our ignorance, human beings bear the trust of God and are said to carry part of God’s soul for this reason.  To me, this is beautiful.  Although(…)

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Maya Howard-Watts: Morals in Chapter 19 of the Qur’an

Maya Howard-Watts: Morals in Chapter 19 of the Qur’an

Upon reading Chapter nineteen of the Qur’an I found one of the most important moral points to be that the non-believers of God were met with evil. The actions most praised by God were those of devout worship, and isolation. Chapter nineteen begins with Zechariah begging God for a son for him and his barren(…)

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