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Gunpowder Empires

Gunpowder Empires

Three Empires Bound by Islam   The Ottoman, Safavid, and Moghul empires are all more alike than different, which attests to the fact that they all occupied similar space and time in the Middle East. While sometimes competing, they all came from the same foundation of expansion, development (both political and economical), and tenacity. Gunpowder(…)

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Art in Islam

Art in Islam In any culture or religion, art is an important way to convey messages and show devotion to a God. In Islam, art represents the expression of language and culture, both of which have greatly influenced the Middle East along with Europe and the West. There are three main styles of Islamic art:(…)

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Disenchantment with Modernity

Disenchantment with Modernity

Muslim Disenchantment with Modernity   Modernity is typically a western term to refer to the process of changing past ways and alluding to some form of progress. There is no good definition of the term itself because achieving modernity is completely arbitrary. Progress refers to some sort of goal, but the goal of people and(…)

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Israel and Palestine

Emily Kelkar Professor Mahallati   Israel and Palestine A New Apartheid or Just Complicated?   The biggest problem facing Israel and Palestine is that they both have valid claims to the land Israel now enjoys autonomously through both history and occupation. Israel emerged as a state after World War II when it was granted sole(…)

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East and West Differences

East and West Differences

Emily Kelkar Professor Mahallati Religion and Politics in the Modern Middle East   America’s Cause of East and West Differences   The socio-politico differences between the East Asian country of Indonesia and the western Asian countries of Afghanistan and Pakistan stem from the political and military involvement of the United States in Western Asia creating(…)

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Wahhabi-Shi’i Encounter

Wahhabi-Shi’i Encounter

Emily Kelkar Professor Mahallati Religion and Politics in the Modern Middle East   Wahhabi-Shi’i encounter   The Wahhabi-Shia conflict has been ongoing and has greatly affected the Modern Muslim world. Their religious and political differences have fueled the conflict and led to the involvement of Western countries in an attempt to destroy or convert one(…)

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Arab Spring: Why was Morocco so Different?

Arab Spring: Why was Morocco so Different?

Emily Kelkar 11/13/17   Arab Spring: Why was Morocco so Different? The Arab Spring occurred in many different countries throughout Africa and the Middle East from 2011-2012. The effects of this revolutionary and reformist movement were different in every country and can still be felt today. Morocco was one of the less violent uprisings because(…)

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Prophetic Characteristics

Prophetic Characteristics

Emily Kelkar Professor Mahallati Islam 10/13/17   Prophetic Characteristics   The Prophet Muhammad was an extraordinary man of great character. He was shaped by his early life to focus on social justice and caring for the less fortunate, which ideally suited him to carry out his divine mission. Muhammad had a unique, challenging background. He(…)

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Interfaith Relations

Interfaith Relations

Emily Kelkar Professor Mahallati Religion and Politics in the Modern Muslim World 10/13/17   Interfaith Relations Since religious history is typically Euro-centric, the ability to determine fact from fiction when it comes to interfaith relations between Islam, Christianity, Judaism, and Hinduism becomes increasingly difficult. The belief that Muslims want to convert the rest of the(…)

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Paradigms of Islam

Paradigms of Islam

Emily Kelkar Professor Mahallati Islam 10/13/17   Paradigms of Islam   Creating a single standard for an entire religion is impractical and will eventually be unsuccessful because of differing beliefs and different practices of showing devotion. However, templates are necessary to give people an outline of what they should be doing and how they should(…)

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Muslim Response to Modernity

Muslim Response to Modernity

Emily Kelkar Professor Mahallati Religion and Politics in the Modern Muslim World 10/13/17   Muslim Response to Modernity   The MENA Muslim states have through a rapid transformation that reflects the crisis of modernity. The most significant drive of modernity was contact with Europeans that brought about many changes to the Muslim world. While no(…)

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Influencing the European Renaissance

Influencing the European Renaissance

Emily Kelkar Professor Mahallati Islam 10/13/17   Influencing the European Renaissance   Many advances in the Muslim world influenced the European renaissance because of the scientific advances made by Muslims. The relationship between science and ancient texts and traditions has always been complicated in most religions because of the differing opinions on what is true(…)

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Emily Kelkar: Difference Between Church and State?

Emily Kelkar: Difference Between Church and State?

  A number of religious and socio-political factors shaped the early Muslim political philosophy. From the beginning of Muslim culture, there was no separation between church and state because religion was imbedded in the nature of their culture that the two could not be separated. When Prophet Muhammad shared his revelations and others started to(…)

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How God Shaped Muslim Society

How God Shaped Muslim Society

Emily Kelkar Intro to the Qur’an Professor Mahallati 5/13/17   How God Shaped Muslim Society   God created the Cosmos and everything in it, yet he did not simply stop with his creation and let it evolve, he chose to fundamentally design Muslim society through an approach both from His initial design as well as(…)

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Qur’an Interpretations

Qur’an Interpretations

Emily Kelkar Intro to the Qur’an Professor Mahallati 5/5/17   Qur’anic Interpretations   As with all religions, Islam has evolved over the centuries due to both how the Qur’an is interpreted and how religious leaders view the impact of social evolution on the religion. This has led to a series of fundamental differences between traditionalists,(…)

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Feminist Tafsirs

Feminist Tafsirs

Emily Kelkar Intro to the Qur’an Professor Mahallati 4/21/17   Feminist Tafsirs   Women’s equality in Islam is largely centered on the context the person reading the Qur’an is looking at it.[1] The main points of difference come from the questions of similarity and equality, rights without responsibilities, focus on the legality of practices instead(…)

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