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Shannon Silberhorn: Jerusalem, Recent Politics, and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

Shannon Silberhorn: Jerusalem, Recent Politics, and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

  Recently, Trump announced that the United States would formally recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.1  As protests erupted in the response in the Middle East, there is an amplification of the tension that already exists between Israel and the rest of the Middle East.  In this examination of the consequences of Trump’s decision,(…)

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Shannon Silberhorn: Religio-Political Factors and the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict

Shannon Silberhorn: Religio-Political Factors and the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict

It is always interesting that a state that occupies most of our international political thought is only in actuality the size of Vermont; a small geographical space for the emotional space it actually occupies in the minds of Christians, Jews, and Muslims.  It is difficult to determine the actual factors that lead to such conflict;(…)

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Shannon Silberhorn: Socio-Political Differences in East Asian and West Asian Muslim States and Why

Shannon Silberhorn: Socio-Political Differences in East Asian and West Asian Muslim States and Why

While looking at factors that contribute to the socio-political differences between East Asian and West Asian Muslim states, I concluded that there were many, but specifically I came across factors that include: the economy (including growth and development, as well as government corruption), dependence on religion as a national identity, residual effects from communism and(…)

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The Conflict of Wahhabism and Shi’ism

The Conflict of Wahhabism and Shi’ism

It is important to address the socio-political, religious and historical factors in studying the differences between Wahhabism (as well as other, similar forms of Islamic fundamentalism) and Shi’i Islam.  In order to begin forming a solution to the current crisis in the Middle East it is important to look back at factors that led to(…)

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Shannon Silberhorn: The Struggle Between Modernity and Morality

Shannon Silberhorn: The Struggle Between Modernity and Morality

Hallaq’s argument leans towards the idea that the modern state cannot work, and is not working, for the majority of modern Muslims today.  Western powers are greedy and self-interested; there is not a cohesive way to fit capitalistic interest into the Muslim code of religious behavior.  In Hallaq’s argument, globalization (fueled and funded by powerful(…)

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Shannon Silberhorn: Interfaith Relations in Pre-Modern Societies

Shannon Silberhorn: Interfaith Relations in Pre-Modern Societies

Bulliet talks about the importance of master narratives, or “stories that are so well known…that people take them to be self-evident or true; yet they never are.”1  For example, Bulliet talks about the narrative of the Judeo-Christian connection is widely accepted, but does not actually have reasonable historical roots.2  The Judeo-Christian narrative was created after the(…)

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Shannon Silberhorn: Factors that Contributed to Early Muslim Political Philosophy

Shannon Silberhorn: Factors that Contributed to Early Muslim Political Philosophy

Maritain’s idea, that “an absolute division of church and state means cutting the human being in two parts” helps to shape the idea that has traditionally persisted throughout Islam, which is that there has never been able to be a clear line separating the two1.  However, just because religion and government have been intertwined throughout(…)

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