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Sarah J. Williams: The Omnipresence of the Divine in Islamic Art

Sarah J. Williams: The Omnipresence of the Divine in Islamic Art

Islamic art, insofar as it can be defined, is defined by the presence of a religious intention in the product created by the artist. With this definition, it might seem redundant to say that the presence of the divine is another signifier of the body of Islamic art, and, while not inaccurate, such a statement(…)

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Sarah Williams: Islam as a Concept and the Struggle of Modernity

Sarah Williams: Islam as a Concept and the Struggle of Modernity

A religion—any religion—is not simply a faith or a practice of that faith. It is also a body of scripture, a lived experience, and, perhaps most pertinently, an idea. Every person has a different conception of what, exactly, their religion is, in its truest essence, and what it means for the world at large. Some(…)

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Sarah J. Williams: Shared Characteristics of Kingship in the “Gunpowder Empires”

Sarah J. Williams: Shared Characteristics of Kingship in the “Gunpowder Empires”

Shared Characteristics of Kingship in the “Gunpowder Empires” Over a relatively short period during the 13th and 14th centuries, three Muslim empires arose, covering territory that stretched from Eastern Africa to the Indian subcontinent, and attaining astonishing amounts of power and territory which lasted for several hundred years, even in the case of the most(…)

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Sarah Williams: God and the Community as Anchors of Morality

Sarah Williams: God and the Community as Anchors of Morality

Sarah J. Williams October 13, 2016 Islam Essay 4 God and the Community as Anchors of Morality To attempt to define “Muslim ethics” is an impossibly vast task, since each Muslim, living or dead, has possessed their own distinct sense of right and wrong. Nonetheless, it is safe to say that there are some shared(…)

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Sarah Williams: The Contributions of Islamic Countries to the European Renaissance

Sarah Williams: The Contributions of Islamic Countries to the European Renaissance

The Contribution of Islamic Countries to the European Renaissance The factors which led to the Renaissance in Europe are many and complex, but the influence of the earlier Muslim “golden age” is undeniable. After a wave of Muslim conquests swept across the near East, northern Africa, and Spain, the dynasties then established in cities such(…)

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Sarah J. Williams: Aspects of the Prophet Mohammad’s Leadership in the Early Muslim Community

Sarah J. Williams: Aspects of the Prophet Mohammad’s Leadership in the Early Muslim Community

Sarah J. Williams September  10, 2016 First Islam Response Paper Aspects of the Prophet Mohammad’s Leadership of the Early Muslim Community There have been untold numbers of small religious movements throughout history which emerged, blossomed briefly, and died shortly after birth. Without a strong central figure, it is a struggle for a new religion to(…)

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