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On Friendship as the Essential Teachings of the Qur’an

On Friendship as the Essential Teachings of the Qur’an

On Friendship as the Essential Teachings of the Qur’an The Qur’an is a book of great wealth and knowledge, guiding over a billion of its followers every year towards salvation. Despite this, wars, feuds, torture, and oppression have been claimed to be justified by the text itself.[i] I propose, however, that the very elemental aspects(…)

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Ashley George: Beauty of a Text: Qur’anic Art

Ashley George: Beauty of a Text: Qur’anic Art

Calligraphy is not only incredibly pleasing to the eye but also filled with spiritual depth and meaning as well. Decorative Arabic words can be found painted across mosque walls, ceramic bowls, intricate digital paintings and even on the hood of a car, if you ask Professor Mahallati. This is not only to show the beauty(…)

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Alejandra Diaz: The Qur’an as a standard of beauty in artistic creation

Alejandra Diaz: The Qur’an as a standard of beauty in artistic creation

The Qur’an is a text of incredible beauty. Its words and messages have a great influence over the art produced by Muslims. This is not only because of importance of the Qur’an as a religious text but also because of the way the Qur’an speaks about art and creation.  The importance of the text is(…)

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Sam Agnoli: On the Qur’an’s Art

Sam Agnoli: On the Qur’an’s Art

On the Qur’an Inspiring Art

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Hayley Segall- Ayodhya: The Physical Manifestation of Interfaith Relations in India

Hayley Segall- Ayodhya: The Physical Manifestation of Interfaith Relations in India

 Introduction In the academic and political worlds, the Islamic faith and its Muslim followers are often deemed incompatible with the broader global environment. More often than not, outsiders pit Islam against concepts of reason and civility, using it as a scapegoat for socio-political problems and deeply-seated historical trauma. Yet, it seems almost impossible that conflict(…)

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Hayley Segall: Calligraphy and Arabesque in Islamic Art

Hayley Segall: Calligraphy and Arabesque in Islamic Art

Islamic art and its characteristics, while variant depending on the context and space in which they were created, are highly metaphorical by nature. Art produced by Muslim Persians, Arabs, Indians and others have cultivated techniques deeply engrained in both Islamic tenets and scientific concepts resulting in the formation of a unique genre. With careful attention(…)

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Jorge Kalil: Alike in Origin and Expression

Jorge Kalil: Alike in Origin and Expression

The 16th century was a flourishing period for the European continent; Portuguese explorers had rounded the tip of Africa, Francisco Pizarro had conquered the Incan empire, and Europe was well into its cultural renaissance. Things were no different for the Muslim world to the East, which experienced the rise of three great empires that thrived(…)

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Hayley Segall: Art as Power and Identity in the Ottoman, Safavid, and Mughal Empires

Hayley Segall: Art as Power and Identity in the Ottoman, Safavid, and Mughal Empires

During the 16th century, Islamic Empires expanded and flourished throughout Europe, the Middle East and South Asia. The three most prominent Islamic Empires (the Ottoman Empire, the Safavid Empire, and the Mughal Empire) ranged in their territorial vastness and length of reign. The Ottoman Empire is viewed as the largest and longest lasting Muslim Empire(…)

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Adam Jussila: Calligraphy: The Art of Andalusia and Maghreb

Adam Jussila: Calligraphy: The Art of Andalusia and Maghreb

For the Islamic people, calligraphy is more than a means of communication. It is an art form, a way to connect with and honor the divine, which has been widely practiced for over a thousand years. The first words that the angel Gabriel said to the prophet Muhammad were, “Recite: In the name of thy(…)

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Timeless Traditions of Islamic Art

Timeless Traditions of Islamic Art

Paintings, massive and miniature; mosques, triumphant in their architectural prowess; calligraphy, the ancient mother of all Islamic art forms. These, among other forms, are the greater progenies of centuries of Islamic civilization’s quest for creative mastery. And indeed, the contributions of the Islamic world towards toward art in all its forms has been a timeless(…)

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Rebecca Posner: Infinity and the Written Word in Islamic Art

Rebecca Posner: Infinity and the Written Word in Islamic Art

Islamic art has several distinctive characteristics that set it apart from traditional Western or European art.  Some of these characteristics include a focus on abstract, curving patterns (such as arabesques and elaborately intertwining foliage of plants), the incorporation of lines of calligraphy (which are often lines from poems or the Qur’an), and a lessened focus(…)

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Rebecca Posner: Cultural Commonalities in the Ottoman, Safavid, and Mughal Empires

Rebecca Posner: Cultural Commonalities in the Ottoman, Safavid, and Mughal Empires

Three major empires came into being in the Middle East and India and reached the height of their power during the sixteenth century.  These were the Ottoman, Safavid, and Mughal empires.  Although they differed in many ways, they had several important aspects in common.  All three of these dynasties were founded and maintained by Muslim(…)

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Adam Jussila: A Common Heritage: Mughal, Ottoman, and Safavid Empires

Adam Jussila: A Common Heritage: Mughal, Ottoman, and Safavid Empires

Three empires rose out of the Islamic societies in the Middle East and Central Asia, all coming into existence around the end of the 15th century into the beginning of the 16th century. They were the Ottoman Empire in the west, the Safavid Empire mostly in Iran, and the Mughal Empire in the east, covering(…)

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Intersections Between Medieval Islamic Empires – Ciaran Disny

Intersections Between Medieval Islamic Empires – Ciaran Disny

Response Paper 4 Three Islamic empires dominated Asia, Africa, Eastern Europe, and of course, the Middle East. The rise of these empires all occurred during the middle ages, or the medieval age. These empires were known as the Ottoman, Safavid, and Mughal empires. Many different factors set these empires apart including the lands that they(…)

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Leo Hochberg: Diversity and Art in the Three Medieval Muslim Empires

Leo Hochberg: Diversity and Art in the Three Medieval Muslim Empires

Even the greatest of historians could not successfully document all the many commonalities between the three medieval Muslim empires. However, two stand out in their descriptions of imperial culture, the first being responses to internal diversity. Each empire met its own struggle to maintain central authority throughout its expansion without risking the alienation of its(…)

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Camille Backman: Engaging Community in Art

Camille Backman: Engaging Community in Art

  Language, community, and art largely influenced pre-modern societal Muslim Interfaith relations. Further, a large trend of translation and cross-cultural pollination provide support to positive and understanding alternative narratives of pre-modern interfaith relations. Respect out of similarity defined the initial relationship between Judaism and Islam, particularly before the spread of colonialism. Due to the gradual(…)

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