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Understanding Islam - Reflection #9

The Masjid: Exploring Tension between Arab and non-Arab Islam

This week, we explored what can be referred to as the “vernacularization” of Islam as the faith spread out in all directions from Arabia. 285 more words

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Understanding Islam - Reflection #8

Women and Moral Justification for Colonialism

After several weeks’ examination of the various authority structures in Islam, including the Shi’i Imamate, Sunni Caliphate and Ulama, and Sufi Shaykhhood, Dr. 401 more words

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Understanding Islam - Reflection #8

Women and Moral Justification for Colonialism

After several weeks’ examination of the various authority structures in Islam, including the Shi’i Imamate, Sunni Caliphate and Ulama, and Sufi Shaykhhood, Dr. 401 more words

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Understanding Islam - Reflection #6

This week, we continued our discussion on authority in post-prophetic Muslim societies by moving from Shiism to Sunni Islam. Dr. Asani mentioned the fact that Shiism and Sunnism didn’t emerge as truly distinct Islamic sects until nearly 300 years after the death of the Prophet. 619 more words

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Understanding Islam - Reflection #5

Oppression and the Formation of Shi’a Islamic Identity

This week’s lecture, entitled, “Authority in Post-Prophetic Muslim Societies” dealt with how various seats of power held by Muhammad were passed on to other leaders in the Muslim community. 369 more words

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Understanding Islam - Calligram Project

“Allah” Calligram

Explanation

I used mixed media, including paint pen, colored foil, and glitter on heavy paper to construct my calligram of the Arabic script for the word “Allah”. 301 more words

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Understanding Islam - Reflection #4

Just a short note before diving right into this week’s reflection on the Prophet Muhammad: I have not read The Satanic Verses by Salman Rushdie, though I am familiar with the fact that after its publication, he was threatened with death by many Muslims, most notably the Ayatollah Khomeini. 418 more words

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