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Simin Behbahani

Simin Behbahani

  Zoë Kushlefsky Islam, Professor Mahallati     Simin Behbahani     If one form of artistic expression can be seen as the most highly valued in Islamic society, it would have to be writing. Even most of those people who understand nothing about Islamic civilization or tradition can recognize the prevalence of calligraphy, and(…)

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Themes in Islamic Art

Themes in Islamic Art

Themes in Islamic Art by Zoë Kushlefsky       Perhaps in no other culture more than in the Islamic world, art and artistic expression is massively and directly influenced by spirituality, theology, philosophy, and introspection. Because of this fact, art of Islamic society is rich in both visual appearance and meaning; the wealth and(…)

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Islam and The Western Myth of Modernity

Islam and The Western Myth of Modernity

Islam and The Western Myth of Modernity by Zoë Kushlefsky As societies evolve and develop, historians can track alleged progress economically, politically, and otherwise. Not only may individual societies be analyzed, but societies may be compared and analyzed against one another, with one being labeled the supposed good or modern civilization, and one being labeled(…)

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The Gunpowder Empires: Alike in Difference

Zoë Kushlefsky Islam Professor Mahallati   The Gunpowder Empires: Alike in Difference   Is it even possible for empires occupying similar space and similar time to be all that different? In examining the three major gunpowder empires that emerged all around the same time to expand and, at times, deflate into what we now consider(…)

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Weaving Theologies

Weaving Theologies The Web of the Primary Tenets of Islam by Zoë Kushlefsky   The religion of Islam is one with a beautiful and dynamic history. One can learn about the worldviews and paradigms of practicing Muslims, but it is a different thing entirely to be an actual participant in the devotional rituals of the(…)

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Zoe Kushlefsky: The Ink of Scholars: Muslim Society as the Catalyst of the European Renaissance

Zoe Kushlefsky: The Ink of Scholars: Muslim Society as the Catalyst of the European Renaissance

The Ink of Scholars Muslim Society as the Catalyst of the European Renaissance   By Zoë Kushlefsky     “The search after knowledge is obligatory for every Muslim.” “The ink of the scholars is worth more than the blood of the martyrs.”[1] These are just two of the innumerable maxims within the tradition of Islam(…)

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Zoe Kushlefsky: Measures of Success

Zoe Kushlefsky: Measures of Success

Zoë Kushlefsky                                                                                                           9/10/17 Islam- Professor Mahallati Reading Response 1   Measures of Success: How the Prophet Muhammed Led Arabia The transition that the Arabian Peninsula went through during the period of the Prophet Muhammed’s life is seemingly impossible and miraculous; several events took place for which the outcome seemed certain, and then the opposite occurred(…)

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