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Marina S: Response Paper #6

Marina S: Response Paper #6

Arguably the greatest obstacle to reaching a solution to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict is Israeli resistance towards peaceful negotiation and compromise. The Israeli government wants subordination, not peace, and the United States is their strongest backer. The governments of Israel and Palestine cannot continue to exist the way they do and hope to find a path(…)

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Response Paper 5: Muslim Countries in East and West Asia

Response Paper 5: Muslim Countries in East and West Asia

Arguably the biggest distinction between East and West Asian countries with Muslim majorities is their degree of centralization. West Asian countries such as Pakistan and Afghanistan have for decades experienced violence and oppression fueled by poverty, fundamentalist fanaticism, and Western intervention. The isolation and tribal mentality of their rural populations mean that government policies and(…)

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Marina S – Response Paper #2

Marina S – Response Paper #2

Compared to others of their kind, the multiple Islamic Empires stood out for their stances on religious tolerance. The co-existence of Jewish, Christian, and Hindu minorities alongside Muslim majorities was due to the fact that Islam actively searched out common ground with these religions, and used it as a foundation for institutional tolerance. Because these(…)

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Marina S – Response Paper #1

Marina S – Response Paper #1

Emerging from an area dominated by a network of distinct tribes, Islam served as a means of uniting a fractured population under one identity. With this result in mind, the religion was created with a deliberate understanding of the region’s culture and traditional social dynamics. And as its influence spread, a unique political philosophy took(…)

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