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Qureshi's "Answering Jihad: A Better Way Forward" (Book Review), Carrie Beth Lowe 2017 Johnson University

Qureshi's "Answering Jihad: A Better Way Forward" (Book Review), Carrie Beth Lowe

The Christian Librarian

A review of Qureshi, N. (2016). Answering jihad: A better way forward. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan. 173 pp. $14.99. ISBN 9780310531388


Schisms: The Inherent Dangers Of Religious Variance Within A Single Faith – An Analysis Of Intra-State Conflict In The Modern World, Benjamin E. Hazen 2017 Gettysburg College

Schisms: The Inherent Dangers Of Religious Variance Within A Single Faith – An Analysis Of Intra-State Conflict In The Modern World, Benjamin E. Hazen

Student Publications

This essay explores the relationship between religious variance within a single faith and the frequency of intra-state conflict. Specifically, an emphasis is placed on Sunni and Shia conflict within the overarching umbrella of Islam. Utilizing the most recent empirical data in conjunction with other scholarly research, it can be hypothesized that the more diverse a state is within a single subset of one particular religion, the more frequent the incidence of intra-state conflict is as well.


Draft Report Of The Somali Criminal Law Recodification Initiative, Paul H. Robinson, Criminal Law Research Group 2017 University of Pennsylvania Law School

Draft Report Of The Somali Criminal Law Recodification Initiative, Paul H. Robinson, Criminal Law Research Group

Faculty Scholarship at Penn Law

The Government of Somalia and the International Development Law Organization (IDLO) jointly commissioned the drafting of a modern criminal code for Somalia that embodies fundamental Islamic principles. The proposed code developed by the Criminal Law Research Group in cooperation with the major Somali players of the criminal justice process is a modern and comprehensive penal code incorporating numerous cutting-edge innovations in drafting forms, code structure, and criminal law doctrine. It is also the first and only such code incorporating the major tenets and principles of Islamic law as currently practiced in Somalia. This two-volume report to the Somali Working Group ...


Rulers, Religion, And Riches: Why The West Got Rich And The Middle East Did Not, Jared Rubin 2017 Chapman University

Rulers, Religion, And Riches: Why The West Got Rich And The Middle East Did Not, Jared Rubin

Economics Faculty Books and Book Chapters

For centuries following the spread of Islam, the Middle East was far ahead of Europe. Yet, the modern economy was born in Europe. Why was it not born in the Middle East? In this book Jared Rubin examines the role that Islam played in this reversal of fortunes. It argues that the religion itself is not to blame; the importance of religious legitimacy in Middle Eastern politics was the primary culprit. Muslim religious authorities were given an important seat at the political bargaining table, which they used to block important advancements such as the printing press and lending at interest ...


‘Heave Half A Brick At Him’: Hate Crimes And Discrimination Against Muslim Converts In Late Victorian Liverpool, Brent D. Singleton 2017 California State University, San Bernardino

‘Heave Half A Brick At Him’: Hate Crimes And Discrimination Against Muslim Converts In Late Victorian Liverpool, Brent D. Singleton

Library Faculty Publications

Throughout the existence of the Liverpool Moslem Institute, 1887-1908, there were many incidents of discrimination, intimidation, violence and other acts of hate directed toward the British converts to Islam. This was particularly evident during the first decade after the group’s founding. The band of Muslims, led by Sheik Abdullah William Henry Quilliam, faced continued opposition, be it disruptions of events and religious services, or violent street fighting. This article explores the incidents of hate and discrimination, the milieu in which they occurred, and the reaction of the Muslim community. A brief comparison to the experience of the contemporaneous American ...


Conspiracy To Prove A Conspiracy: My Meeting With Fethullah Gülen, Reuven Firestone 2017 Hebrew Union College

Conspiracy To Prove A Conspiracy: My Meeting With Fethullah Gülen, Reuven Firestone

Occasional Papers on Religion in Eastern Europe

No abstract provided.


Review Of Djurić'S "Biblijom I Kur’Anom Do Jednoga Boga Stvoritelja [With The Bible And The Qur’An To The One Creator God]", Adnan Silajdžić 2017 Faculty of Islamic Sciences, Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Review Of Djurić'S "Biblijom I Kur’Anom Do Jednoga Boga Stvoritelja [With The Bible And The Qur’An To The One Creator God]", Adnan Silajdžić

Occasional Papers on Religion in Eastern Europe

No abstract provided.


Cries From Syria, John C. Lyden 2017 Grand View University, Des Moines, Iowa

Cries From Syria, John C. Lyden

Journal of Religion & Film

This is a film review of Cries from Syria (2017), directed by Evgeny Afineevsky.


What’S The Difference? Distinctions, Furūq, And Development In Post-Formative Islamic Law, Elias Gabriel Saba 2017 University of Pennsylvania

What’S The Difference? Distinctions, Furūq, And Development In Post-Formative Islamic Law, Elias Gabriel Saba

Publicly Accessible Penn Dissertations

This dissertation is a study of the “legal distinctions” (al-furūq al-fiqhiyya) literature and its role in the development of Islamic legal thinking. It reconsiders how linguistics, law, and public performance intersect with knowledge production to develop new packaging of legal information. This study identifies the origins of this tradition in linguistic and medical literature which demonstrated the possibilities of ‘distinctions’ reasoning. The linguistic furūq literature is largely a theological endeavor aimed as denying the existence of synonymy in Arabic while the medical literature was interested in diagnosing illnesses. After establishing the trends that led to the writing of this genre ...


Salafism, Wahhabism, And The Definition Of Sunni Islam, Rob J. Williams 2017 Augustana College, Rock Island Illinois

Salafism, Wahhabism, And The Definition Of Sunni Islam, Rob J. Williams

Honors Program: Student Scholarship & Creative Works

My capstone deals with the historical definition of Sunni Islam, and how it has changed in approximately the past 200 years. Around 1800, Sunni Islam was pretty clearly defined by an adherence to one of four maddhabs, or schools of law: the Hanafi, Maliki, Shafi’i, and Hanbali schools and are all based in nearly a millennium of legal scholarship. Since 1800, however, numerous reform movements have sprung up which disavow previous scholarship and interpret Islamic law their own way. However, certain reformist groups, such as Traditionalist Salafis and Wahhabis, claim that their version of Islam is the only “pure ...


Orientalism: The Constructed, Violent Muslim “Race”, Clarissa Stephenson 2017 Augustana College, Rock Island Illinois

Orientalism: The Constructed, Violent Muslim “Race”, Clarissa Stephenson

Eddie Mabry Diversity Award

No abstract provided.


Scriptor Noster Arabicus Et Tursimany A Jewish Culture Mediator In The Thirteenth-Century Crown Of Aragón., Dillon Brian-Thomas Webster 2017 University of Colorado at Boulder

Scriptor Noster Arabicus Et Tursimany A Jewish Culture Mediator In The Thirteenth-Century Crown Of Aragón., Dillon Brian-Thomas Webster

Religious Studies Graduate Theses & Dissertations

This thesis examines the role of intermediaries and cultural mediators in shaping the relations between the thirteenth-century Crown of Aragón and the Muslim Mediterranean. Exemplified by the life of Abrahim Abenamies, these agents crossed with ease between the cultures, languages, religions, and political environments of the Western Mediterranean. In his role as agent of the Crown, fluidity was an asset for Abenamies and his royal patrons. Fluidity, however, also introduces an impediment for the modern researcher as identity boundaries seem to shift with movement and personal loyalties appear temporary. Because of the dynamic nature of my subject, I rely on ...


Desconocido: Conversion To Islam In México, Ashley E. Dunn 2017 Macalester College

Desconocido: Conversion To Islam In México, Ashley E. Dunn

International Studies Honors Projects

Unless proven otherwise, subaltern subjects are assumed to lack agency. Through an exploration of conversion to Islam in México in the southern state of Chiapas, in the north along las fronteras, and in Mexico City, this project intervenes in discourses that deny the subaltern agency. Through the analytical frameworks of coloniality, this project redefines the choices that converts make and their expressions of faith as acts of creation, as inherently authentic, and as articulations of their desires. Converts to Islam in México serve as a case study of modes of resistance against the epistemological powers of coloniality.


Islam: A Worldwide Encyclopedia [Review], Paul Fehrmann 2017 Kent State University - Kent Campus

Islam: A Worldwide Encyclopedia [Review], Paul Fehrmann

University Libraries Publications

No abstract provided.


"What Is To Be Done?" Contesting Modernity In Sayyid Qutb And Ali Shariati's Islamic Revival, Nicole B. Carroll 2017 Bard College

"What Is To Be Done?" Contesting Modernity In Sayyid Qutb And Ali Shariati's Islamic Revival, Nicole B. Carroll

Senior Projects Spring 2017

Senior Project submitted to The Division of Social Studies of Bard College.


Globalization Of Science In The Middle East And North Africa,18th-20th Centuries (Library Resources), Holy Cross Libraries 2017 College of the Holy Cross

Globalization Of Science In The Middle East And North Africa,18th-20th Centuries (Library Resources), Holy Cross Libraries

Library Resources for Campus Events

A bibliography of resources available through the Holy Cross Libraries which provide additional information related to “Globalization of Science in the Middle East and North Africa,18th-20th Centuries" a conference held at the College of the Holy Cross March 24-24, 2017.

This conference brought together scholars to explore important issues related to the history of science in the Middle East and North Africa region during the 18th-20th centuries — a critical period of change and modernization when Middle Easterners were concerned about rising power of European states and societies and the relative weakness of Islamic ones. Keynote speaker Carla Nappi, Canada ...


Synergy: Game Design + Qur'an Memorization, Sultana Jesmine Moulana 2017 VCUQatar

Synergy: Game Design + Qur'an Memorization, Sultana Jesmine Moulana

Theses and Dissertations

The rise of digital technology has transformed nearly every part of our daily lives, including the way we learn and memorize. Such transformations raise interesting questions for one of the most long-standing and demanding memorization tasks in the world: the memorization of the Islamic holy book, The Qur’an. For Muslims, The Qur’an is a timeless, sacred text, cradling within its covers many profound images, stories, and parables. Despite rigorous research in the fields of game design and memorization techniques, very little work has been done in combining these two areas of research to create a game-based memorization experience ...


Women And The Making Of The Tunisian Constitution, Rangita de Silva de Alwis, Anware Mnasri, Estee Ward 2017 University of Pennsylvania Law School

Women And The Making Of The Tunisian Constitution, Rangita De Silva De Alwis, Anware Mnasri, Estee Ward

Faculty Scholarship at Penn Law

This article attempts to glean from field interviews and secondary sources some of the sociopolitical complexities that underlay women’s engagement in Tunisia’s 2011-14 constitution-making process. Elucidating such complexities can provide further insight into how women’s engagement impacted the substance and enforceability of the constitution’s final text. We argue that, in spite of longstanding roadblocks to implement and enforce constitutional guarantees, the greater involvement of Tunisian women in the constitution drafting process did make a difference in the final gender provisions of Tunisia’s constitution. Although not all recommendations were adopted, Tunisian women were able to use ...


What Is Unveiled Through Veiling: Understanding The Complex Narratives Of The Modern Hijabista Movement, Carly Marie Shriver 2017 University of Colorado Boulder

What Is Unveiled Through Veiling: Understanding The Complex Narratives Of The Modern Hijabista Movement, Carly Marie Shriver

Undergraduate Honors Theses

Hijabista is a portmanteau comprising “hijab” and “fashionista.” The term describes young, fashion-conscious Muslim women who wear the hijab in new and creative ways that showcase their performance of agency, beauty, and piety. This movement serves, in part, to respond to and counteract Islamophobic representations of Islam in contemporary America. These representations include narratives which cast hijabi women as oppressed and lacking agency. In addition, Muslim-American women are portrayed as unfashionable and un-American. The emergence and evolution of the hijabista trend functions to empower Muslim women and redefine Muslim American identities.

This thesis investigates the new narratives created by hijabista ...


International Social Support And Intervention: The Uyghur Movement -Xinjiang Province, China, Isabella Steinhauer 2017 University of Colorado, Boulder

International Social Support And Intervention: The Uyghur Movement -Xinjiang Province, China, Isabella Steinhauer

Undergraduate Honors Theses

The Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR), locally and historically recognized as East Turkestan, in northwestern China has been experiencing rising ethnic tension between the ethnically Turkic-Muslim Uyghur population and the Chinese majority population, the Han. Due to China's means to fully integrate the region and silence opposition, the Uyghurs have been severely harmed by China's accelerated repressive policies, human rights violations, rapid infrastructure development, and incentivized Han migration. Just south of Xinjiang in Tibet, the Tibetan population has been experiencing similar circumstances of oppression inflicted by the Chinese state and have been able to obtain international social support ...


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