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Veiled Women In The American Courtroom: Is The Niqab A Barrier To Justice?, Anita L. Allen 2014 University of Pennsylvania Law School

Veiled Women In The American Courtroom: Is The Niqab A Barrier To Justice?, Anita L. Allen

Faculty Scholarship

U.S. courts and policy-makers have recently authorized laws and practices that interfere with the wearing of religious modesty attire that conceals the hair or face in contexts such as courtroom testimony or driver’s license issuance. For example, in response to a court’s dismissal of the case of a woman who refused to remove her niqab in the courtroom, the Michigan Supreme Court decided that judges can exercise “reasonable control” over the appearance of courtroom parties. But what degree of control over religious attire is reasonable? The Constitution will not allow a blanket niqab removal policy based on ...


The Dynamics Of Wearing Hijab For Muslim American Women In The United States, Erum Tariq-Munir 2014 Iowa State University

The Dynamics Of Wearing Hijab For Muslim American Women In The United States, Erum Tariq-Munir

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

Over the past decade, and particularly since the September11th terrorist attacks, the Muslim community in the United States has experienced an increased level of social and religious scrutiny. This unfortunate incident has fundamentally changed the way the American society views Muslims, especially Muslim women who wear the veil or hijab in public. Muslim women have experienced various instances of discrimination including people trying to remove their hijab, and/or name calling. A unique aspect of Muslim women in the US is that they not only confront the stigma of gender, race, ethnicity and religion, but that which is attached to ...


Christian And Muslim Mutual Relatedness And Directedness As Our Common Destiny In The Balkans, Marko Djurić 2014 George Fox University

Christian And Muslim Mutual Relatedness And Directedness As Our Common Destiny In The Balkans, Marko Djurić

Occasional Papers on Religion in Eastern Europe

The author gives his own religious perspective about mutual relatedness and directedness between Christians and Muslims in the Balkans. According to him, the relatedness and directedness between Orthodox Christians and Sunni Muslims in the Balkans were never at the level of which one could be proud. The contemporary historical moment it is important to improve contacts not only between Christians and Muslims, but also between their religious institutions. This relation would not harm their identity, but would only enrich and help building religious peace among believers on the Balkans. In order to achieve this, it is necessary to know the ...


Haji Bektash Veli And The Bektash Path In Albania And Macedonia, Arben Sulejmani 2014 George Fox University

Haji Bektash Veli And The Bektash Path In Albania And Macedonia, Arben Sulejmani

Occasional Papers on Religion in Eastern Europe

The Bektashi World Community officially represents the spiritual teachings of the Bektashi Sufi Order, one of the many mystical branches found within Islam. This religious order was founded in the 13th century by the Sufi saint Hajji Bektash Veli. The ultimate goal of the Bektash spiritual path is the perfection of the human soul. It is a path which fortifies its wayfarers with ethical and spiritual principles, which bring closeness to the Divine. Being founded on the revealed religion of Islam, Bektashism offers a unique and distinctive reading of the Qur’an, as well as the teachings of the Prophet ...


Perceptions Of Equality And National Identity Amongst Young British South Asian Muslims In Bradford, England, Simon J. Reid 2013 University of Arkansas, Fayetteville

Perceptions Of Equality And National Identity Amongst Young British South Asian Muslims In Bradford, England, Simon J. Reid

Theses and Dissertations

In the wake of urban riots and terror attacks in the United Kingdom, British public debate and policy have focused on the nation's immigrant communities. These debates have commonly called into question whether immigrant communities in Britain are sufficiently integrated into "mainstream" society and included in the nation. These questions have been particularly focused on the country's immigrant Muslim communities because they have, over the years, been accused of segregating themselves from, and within, British society. This study explored the local and national identities of young British South Asian Muslims in Bradford, which is one of the largest ...


"Turkish Rambo": Geopolitical Dramas As Narrative Counter-Hegemony, Marwan M. Kraidy, Omar Al-Ghazzi 2013 University of Pennsylvania

"Turkish Rambo": Geopolitical Dramas As Narrative Counter-Hegemony, Marwan M. Kraidy, Omar Al-Ghazzi

Departmental Papers (ASC)

Arabs and Turks share a historically complicated relationship. After 400 years of Ottoman imperialism over Arab lands that lasted until after World War 1, Turkish leader Mustafa kemal Atatürk's secularized Turkey and cut linguistic ties with Arab culture. Secularism, nationalism and NATO membership during the second half of the 20th century further distanced Turkey from Arab countries. This changed in 2001 with the rise of the Justice and Development Party (known by its Turkis acronym AKP). Incorporating electoral politics in a pro-business platform reflecting the AKP's pious and entrepreneurial constituency in Anatolian cities, the AKP has consolidated power ...


Islam In Modern Bulgaria: 1878 To Present Days, Radko Popov 2013 Hartford Seminary

Islam In Modern Bulgaria: 1878 To Present Days, Radko Popov

Occasional Papers on Religion in Eastern Europe

No abstract provided.


Conflict Resolution In Islam: Document Review Of The Early Sources, Flamur Vehapi 2013 Portland State University

Conflict Resolution In Islam: Document Review Of The Early Sources, Flamur Vehapi

Dissertations and Theses

Islam is the world's fastest growing religion. It is known to have an abundant and very rich amount of knowledge found in the Qur'an and the teachings of Prophet Muhammad, and as such, this religion has tremendously contributed not only to Muslim societies but also to the West. One aspect of this contribution explicated in this thesis is its contribution to the field of Conflict Resolution.

The primary purpose of this study is to unearth the tradition of peace and conflict resolution that comes out of the religion of Islam, which is unknown to many Muslims today. In ...


Patterns Of Anti-Muslim Violence In Burma: A Call For Accountability And Prevention, Andrea Gittleman, Marissa Brodney, Holly G. Atkinson 2013 Physicians for Human Rights

Patterns Of Anti-Muslim Violence In Burma: A Call For Accountability And Prevention, Andrea Gittleman, Marissa Brodney, Holly G. Atkinson

Publications and Research

In this report, the authors documents how persecution of and violence against the Rohingya in Burma has spread to other Muslim communities throughout the country. Physicians for Human Rights conducted eight separate investigations in Burma and the surrounding region between 2004 and 2013. PHR’s most recent field research in early 2013 indicates a need for renewed attention to violence against minorities and impunity for such crimes. The findings presented in this report are based on investigations conducted in Burma over two separate visits for a combined 21-day period between March and May 2013.


The Intercultural Engagement In Mardin: Religion, Culture And Identity, Ayşe Gűc-Işik 2013 Australian Catholic University

The Intercultural Engagement In Mardin: Religion, Culture And Identity, Ayşe Gűc-Işik

Theses

Mardin is a city situated on the Turkish border with Syria and populated by diverse ethno-religious groups. Its complex history and groups are different from other cities of Turkey. Its cultural, social and linguistic plurality has fascinated academics and politicians who search for the examples of multiculturality in Turkey. This is related to the recent national and international developments that resulted in the re-discovery and valorisation of Mardin. This valorisation has been supported by plenty of activities that reflect the new publicity of the ‘multiculturalism’ of the city to the world. The Turkish State has not had a multicultural policy ...


'Abdolkarim Soroush, Sayeh Meisami 2013 University of Dayton

'Abdolkarim Soroush, Sayeh Meisami

Philosophy Faculty Publications

‘Abdolkarim Soroush is the penname for Hossein Haj Faraj Dabbᾱgh (1945–). He is one of the most controversial figures in the religious and political polemics of postrevolutionary Iran. This is owing to his early adherence to the Islamic revolutionary values, his polemics against Marxism, later departure from the conservative Islam toward a reformist stand based on the philosophy of science and modern hermeneutics, and his current role as an uncompromising and outspoken opposition voice, as well as a fervent supporter of the Green Movement. Soroush’s ideas should be categorized under religious reformism in general, which goes beyond Iranian politics ...


Post A Comment Below: Aesthetics And Authenticity In The Youtube Hijabi Community, Kristin M. Peterson 2013 University of Colorado at Boulder

Post A Comment Below: Aesthetics And Authenticity In The Youtube Hijabi Community, Kristin M. Peterson

Religious Studies Graduate Theses & Dissertations

Islam has become one of the fastest growing religions in the U.S., particularly among young white women. As these women have turned to online media for information about Islam, a burgeoning community has emerged, specifically on YouTube. This study analyzes elements of this community: the aesthetics of the videos, the women who are creating the videos, the narratives within the videos, and the interactions that occur in the comment sections. These videos are about more than just sharing a conversion narrative, but also the women in the videos are able to embody Islamic material forms and to visually represent ...


The African-American Islamic Renaissance And The Rise Of The Nation Of Islam, Patrick Denis Bowen 2013 University of Denver

The African-American Islamic Renaissance And The Rise Of The Nation Of Islam, Patrick Denis Bowen

Electronic Theses and Dissertations

This dissertation examines African-American Islamic culture from 1920 through 1959, a period I label the "African-American Islamic Renaissance" (AAIR). The AAIR is characterized by a significant increase in interest in Islam, extreme diversity in views about Islam, and the absence of a single organization dominating African-American Islamic culture for a significant amount of time. Previous works dealing with African-American Islam in this period have failed to fully recognize these features, particularly the last of these. As a result, explanations for the rise of the Nation of Islam (NOI) have not satisfactorily explained why it was only the NOI--and not other ...


Christian Hospitality And Muslims, Amir Hussain 2013 Loyola Marymount University

Christian Hospitality And Muslims, Amir Hussain

Theological Studies Faculty Works

This theological reflection incorporates the work of three Christian thinkers, Wilfred Cantwell Smith, Willard Oxtoby, and Thomas Michel SJ, who have helped the author, a Muslim, to better understand interfaith dialogue between Muslims and Christians. The reflection draws on music and popular culture to explore the idea of faithful Christian witness, and how Christian hospitality can help Muslims and Christians to be better faith neighbours. The connections between Muslims and Christians are examined throughout this reflection.


Neighbor-Love As A Keystone To Christian-Muslim Dialogue, Brian Stiltner 2013 Sacred Heart University

Neighbor-Love As A Keystone To Christian-Muslim Dialogue, Brian Stiltner

Philosophy, Theology and Religious Studies Faculty Publications

Chapter by Brian Stiltner from a collection of essays edited by Marinus C. Iwuchukwu and Brian Stiltner.

"This is a collection of essays that address inter-faith dialogue between Muslims and Christians in America and Africa. It addresses the issues dealing with how some Christians depict America as founded on Christian principles, and how this might deter dialogue across different religions. The goal is to get people to converse, not as formulaic Muslims or Christians, but as people with complex, plural, and ever-changing identities that defuse religious antagonism"--Publisher website.


The Pastoral Practice Of Christian Hospitality As Presence In Muslim-Christian Engagement: Contextualizing The Classroom, Mary E. Hess 2013 Luther Seminary

The Pastoral Practice Of Christian Hospitality As Presence In Muslim-Christian Engagement: Contextualizing The Classroom, Mary E. Hess

Faculty Publications

This project involved inviting graduate-level classes to contextualize their study in relationship with a specific Lutheran congregation in an urban and multifaith neighborhood. In doing so, the Christian practice of hospitality—especially understood in terms of presence—was particularly pertinent. Learning took place in context, far more efficiently and effectively, through engagement with rather than teaching about each other. Ultimately the project members experienced learning in the presence of other faiths as deepening one's own faith, while inviting genuine respect for other faiths.


From Mekteb-I-Nuwwab To The Faculty Of Islamic Studies: A Short History Of Bosnia's Leading Islamic Educational Institution, Harun Karèiæ 2012 University of Bologna

From Mekteb-I-Nuwwab To The Faculty Of Islamic Studies: A Short History Of Bosnia's Leading Islamic Educational Institution, Harun Karèiæ

Occasional Papers on Religion in Eastern Europe

No abstract provided.


Different Branches Of The Same Tree: A Comparative Analysis Of Sunni And Shia Theological Disparities And Their Implications For Democracy And Democratization, Alexander Porter 2012 Union College - Schenectady, NY

Different Branches Of The Same Tree: A Comparative Analysis Of Sunni And Shia Theological Disparities And Their Implications For Democracy And Democratization, Alexander Porter

Honors Theses

This thesis initially examines the historical roots of the Sunni and Shia split and discusses how the different theological and governmental values that emerged out of the divide have the potential to change how each sect approaches ruling, hierarchy, and government. It then traces the development of these theological differences into their solidification in modern‐day usage by the two branches, and provides real world examples of how the history of the Sunni/Shia split both has and has not become realized in today’s world. Finally, this thesis discusses the democratic proclivity of each specific relevant theological difference.


A Map Of The Divine Subtle Faculty: The Concept Fo Qalb (Heart) In Classical And Contemporary Islamic Scholarship, Mehmet Yavuz Seker 2012 Australian Catholic University

A Map Of The Divine Subtle Faculty: The Concept Fo Qalb (Heart) In Classical And Contemporary Islamic Scholarship, Mehmet Yavuz Seker

Theses

No abstract provided.


Diversity Within Islam: Its Intersections With Muslim Immigrant Identities, Esther Smidt 2012 West Chester University of Pennsylvania

Diversity Within Islam: Its Intersections With Muslim Immigrant Identities, Esther Smidt

Languages & Cultures

This article investigates the multiple identities of four Muslim immigrant students, the intersections of these identities, and the students’ understandings of the systems of oppression examined in the multicultural developmental ESL writing course they attended as college freshmen. The research question is “What are Muslim immigrant students’ understandings of their own identities in terms of race, class, and gender as seen through the lens of their religious identity while taking a multicultural college writing class focusing on race, class, and gender?” The four participants of this qualitative multiple case study were chosen on the basis of religion, race, and gender ...


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