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Rebecca Primoff: Learning from Israel’s past to improve the future

Rebecca Primoff: Learning from Israel’s past to improve the future

Rebecca Primoff Response Paper #6 In the study of world politics, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is notoriously a hot button issue because the arguments for both sides are latent with history, religious identity, and a quest for liberation.  In my experience, I have had a very difficult time coming to terms with the realities of the(…)

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Rebecca Primoff: Understanding differences among Indonesia, Pakistan and India

Rebecca Primoff: Understanding differences among Indonesia, Pakistan and India

Rebecca Primoff RELG 275 Response Paper 6 Understanding the differences among Indonesia, Pakistan and India Muslim countries throughout Asia make up a large portion of Muslims across the world. For example, Indonesia has the largest percentage of Muslims in the country, followed by Pakistan and then India. While many Western thinkers tend to consider only(…)

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Rebecca Primoff — Saudi Arabia and its encounter with modernity

Saudi Arabia and its encounter with modernity In order for scholars to understand the full effects of Islamic religion on current day politics in the Middle East, one has to be familiar with the historical legacies that have paved the way for modern conflict. Specifically, Saudi Arabia plays a huge role in the United States’(…)

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Rebecca Primoff — Developing modernization and democracy in the Muslim world

Rebecca Primoff — Developing modernization and democracy in the Muslim world

Post-Colonial trends in Islamist theology reflect a modernization of the Muslim world, as well as shift toward independently sovereign nations. In his book, The Impossible State, Wael B. Hallaq refutes the claim that a nation state cannot effectively function while aligning itself with Islam and Shari’ a Law. Hallaq cites political disorganization, authoritarianism, and the(…)

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Rebecca Primoff: A “Clash” of Civilizations – Interfaith relations in pre-modern Islamic rule

Rebecca Primoff: A “Clash” of Civilizations – Interfaith relations in pre-modern Islamic rule

Since my religious studies at Oberlin College have focused on Jewish identity and history, I have always regarded medieval Muslim rule as a relatively positive era for Jews in Europe and within the Mediterranean territories. As I learned pre-Modern history from a Jewish perspective, I was in awe of the Jewishly regarded Geonic Period during(…)

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Rebecca Primoff: Muslim Politics: Past and Present

Rebecca Primoff: Muslim Politics: Past and Present

As an American college student studying religion, it is greatly important to be aware of political and religious differences between the East and West. Since the end of the Golden Age of Muslim expansion, “Islamic anxiety” has peaked in the West due political and geographical tensions. Specifically, the US demand for oil from Muslim territories(…)

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