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'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 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.


An Architectural Reflection Of Community : A Study Of The Patriarchal Churches In Constnatinople/Istanbul As A Reflection Of The Relationship Of Christians And Muslims In The Ottoman Empire, Greta Steeber 2012 Luther Seminary

An Architectural Reflection Of Community : A Study Of The Patriarchal Churches In Constnatinople/Istanbul As A Reflection Of The Relationship Of Christians And Muslims In The Ottoman Empire, Greta Steeber

Master of Arts 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 ...


Les Médias En Arabie Saoudite : Luttes Politiques Et Controverses Sociales, De Star Academy Au Printemps Arabe, Marwan M. Kraidy 2012 University of Pennsylvania

Les Médias En Arabie Saoudite : Luttes Politiques Et Controverses Sociales, De Star Academy Au Printemps Arabe, Marwan M. Kraidy

Departmental Papers (ASC)

Nulle part dans le monde arabe les inquiétudes au sujet du changement social et culturel n’ont été aussi passionnément discutées qu’en Arabie saoudite, où la doctrine salafiste du wahhabisme est au coeur du système, en tant que conception sacro sainte de l’authenticité enracinée dans la pureté culturelle et religieuse et la séparation entre hommes et femmes. L’avènement de la « téléréalité » au milieu des années 2000 a réactivé ces débats dans le royaume. Star Academy, notamment, populaire émission de téléréalité en langue arabe, diffusée par satellite depuis le Liban par la Lebanese Broadcasting Corporation (LBC) depuis décembre ...


Agency, Norms, And Language Games In The Study Of Islam And Gender, Jon Andreas VanDenend 2012 University of Colorado at Boulder

Agency, Norms, And Language Games In The Study Of Islam And Gender, Jon Andreas Vandenend

Religious Studies Graduate Theses & Dissertations

Scholarship on Islam and gender consistently questions as to whether or not Islamic norms oppress Muslim women's agency. One aspect of this discussion is the issue of a Muslim woman's consent in getting married and in sexual relations. The scholarship of Kecia Ali focuses on this issue of consent, and when she finds the Islamic legal tradition lacking in allowing for a woman's consent in marriage, she calls for Muslim women to engage in acts of "personal reflection." This creates a binary concerning agency, wherein external norms (The Islamic Legal tradition) suppress agency, while true agency is ...


Formations Of Antidoxy: Michael Muhammad Knight, Progressive Muslims, And The Islam Of The Self, William Ian Guthrie 2012 University of Colorado at Boulder

Formations Of Antidoxy: Michael Muhammad Knight, Progressive Muslims, And The Islam Of The Self, William Ian Guthrie

Religious Studies Graduate Theses & Dissertations

Michael Muhammad Knight is known primarily as a provocative author concerned with the North American Islamic community. Knight gained attention with his 2004 novel, The Taqwacores, in which he detailed the lives of Islamic punk rockers, the eponymous taqwacores, as they navigated issues pertaining to religion, punk rock, youth, and life in Western modernity. Much of Knight's other writing is concerned with his own life, religion, and religious struggles, all of which are likewise represented in his fiction as well. Implicit throughout the totality of Knight's body of work is his desire to change the Islamic tradition so ...


Displaced Islamic Identities: Language, Time, And Space In A Post 9/11 America, Susanne Stadlbauer 2012 University of Colorado at Boulder

Displaced Islamic Identities: Language, Time, And Space In A Post 9/11 America, Susanne Stadlbauer

Linguistics Graduate Theses & Dissertations

This dissertation examines how women in the Muslim Student Association (MSA) at the University of Colorado at Boulder respond to the negative stereotypes of Islam and Muslims that have proliferated since 9/11. The media's positioning of Muslim women as "backwards" and "un-American" compels MSA women to construct an extensive discourse of da'wah (outreach to non-Muslims) that repositions Islamic doctrine within the terms of American modernity. While this discourse shows respect for Islamic ritual practices, such as praying five times daily and wearing the hijab, the women construct their use of these practices as an agentive choice informed ...


Racializing Islam: The Conceptualization Of Race, Religion And Culture In Contemporary German Society, Marni Elisabeth Spott 2012 University of Colorado at Boulder

Racializing Islam: The Conceptualization Of Race, Religion And Culture In Contemporary German Society, Marni Elisabeth Spott

Germanic and Slavic Languages and Literatures Graduate Theses & Dissertations

Since the implementation of the Guest Worker Program in the 1950s, Germany has struggled to accept that Turkish immigrants, along with subsequent generations, constitute a large part of its society. Thilo Sarrazin's book, Deutschland schafft sich ab, which has been at the center of public discourse in Germany since its publication in 2010, has exacerbated the debates surrounding the status of ethnic minorities in German society. His strong negative opinions of Islam and Muslims living in Germany have influenced the direction of religious discourse, within the context of racial and multicultural discourses. In determining Germany's own national culture ...


Risky Rights? Gender Equality And Sexual Diversity In Muslim Contexts, Anissa Helie 2012 CUNY John Jay College

Risky Rights? Gender Equality And Sexual Diversity In Muslim Contexts, Anissa Helie

Publications and Research

In her contribution to Sexuality in Muslim Contexts: Restrictions and Resistance (ZED Book, UK), Anissa Hélie contrasts the emphasis on victimization of both ‘Muslim women’ and ‘gay Muslims’ in mainstream Western discourses with actual strategies designed by advocates of gender equality and sexual rights from Muslim contexts.These strategies include religious reinterpretation efforts in South Africa and Indonesia, and organizing geared towards public visibility in Lebanon, Turkey and Morocco.

Deconstructing the false dichotomy between an ‘enlightened West’ and ‘oppressive Muslim contexts’, Hélie insists on the need to take into account a broad range of factors that impact the ability of ...


Dearabizing Arabia: Tracing Western Scholarship On The History Of The Arabs And Arabic Language And Script, Saad D. Abulhab 2011 CUNY Office of Library Services

Dearabizing Arabia: Tracing Western Scholarship On The History Of The Arabs And Arabic Language And Script, Saad D. Abulhab

Publications and Research

This book is a reference book on the history of the Arabic Language and script, which goes beyond the sole discussion of technical matters. It studies objectively the evidence presented by modern-day western archeological discoveries together with the evidence presented by the indispensable scholarly work and research of past Islamic Arab civilization era. The book scrutinizes modern western theories regarding the history of the Arabs and Arabic language and script in connection with the roles played by Western Near East scholarship, religion and colonial history in the formation of current belief system, which is an essential step to study this ...


Architecture In Religion: The History Of The Hagia Sophia And Proposals For Returning It To Worship, Andrew Jonathan Cohen 2011 Florida International University

Architecture In Religion: The History Of The Hagia Sophia And Proposals For Returning It To Worship, Andrew Jonathan Cohen

FIU Electronic Theses and Dissertations

For nearly fifteen hundred years, the Hagia Sophia has been a constant figure in Istanbul, Turkey. The building has been the symbol of Christianity for the Byzantine Empire, Islam for the Ottoman Empire and Secularism for Republic of Turkey. It is rare that one building has had the ability to symbolize both religion and politics in the manner in which the Hagia Sophia has. One of the goals of this research is to examine the historical circumstances that have allowed this symbolism to occur. The other goal of this research is to examine the current voice that wishes to return ...


Comparing Fundamentalisms: A Social Movement Theory Approach, David Romney 2011 Brigham Young University

Comparing Fundamentalisms: A Social Movement Theory Approach, David Romney

All Student Publications

The last forty years have witnessed the emergence of a number of Islamist and Jewish fundamentalist groups, resulting in a number of comparative studies that try to explain this phenomenon (e.g. Antoun and Hegland 1987; Sivan and Friedman 1990). Although scholars have argued varying reasons for this recent religious resurgence, most have recognized the importance of the 1967 war to both Jewish and Islamist fundamentalist movements. Some of these scholars see the religious resurgence following this war as a continuation of religious sentiments expressed by pre-1967 Zionist and fundamentalist Islamic groups rather than as a new movement (Davis 1987 ...


Peace And War In The Qur'an And Juridical Literature: A Comparative Perspective, Liyakat Takim 2011 McMaster University

Peace And War In The Qur'an And Juridical Literature: A Comparative Perspective, Liyakat Takim

The Journal of Sociology & Social Welfare

The Qur'anic period of Islamic history took place in a social context of significant diversity. A number of important verses in the Qur'an reflect this diversity and encourage Islamic believers to seek peaceful coexistence with those of other faiths, especially those designated as "people of the Book," specifically Christians, Jews and Sabeans. In the later classical period of Islamic history, the exegesis of Islamic jurists markedly de-emphasized peaceful coexistence in favor of interpretations encouraging conquest and religious uniformity. Although the classical jurists have exercised enormous interpretive authority in subsequent Islamic history, their authority was never understood to be ...


The Challenge Of Political Islam: Non-Muslims And The Egyptian State, Heather J. Sharkey 2011 University of Pennsylvania

The Challenge Of Political Islam: Non-Muslims And The Egyptian State, Heather J. Sharkey

Departmental Papers (NELC)

No abstract provided.


The Biblical Witness Of The Character Of God In Relation To The Qur'an, Larry L. Lichtenwalter 2011 Village Seventh-day Adventist Church

The Biblical Witness Of The Character Of God In Relation To The Qur'an, Larry L. Lichtenwalter

Journal of the Adventist Theological Society

No abstract provided.


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