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Essentialization and Erasure in the Occupation of Palestine

Since at least the mid-nineteenth century, with the increasing spread of colonialism and the fall of the Ottoman empire, imperial world powers have essentialized the practitioners of the religion of Islam to be constitutive of a unified race. As with … Continue reading

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Cultural Competence or Ignorance? Meeting the Needs of Female Muslim Patients

Discrimination in Healthcare From “Melting Pot” to “Make America Great Again”, modernity in the U.S. has historically been marked by homogenization. Anything, or rather anyone outside of a paradigm of privilege has faced the utmost discrimination, as evidenced by rising … Continue reading

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Islam and Modern Turkey

In his discussion of the impacts of modernity on religion, John Wilson aptly states that the changes observed in religions’ response to modernity “by no means run in one direction only”[1]. This is certainly the case for manifestations of Islam … Continue reading

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Boko Haram’s British Roots

by Ava Williams In the early 2000s, an anti-western, Muslim organization originated in Nigeria. Formally known as Boko Haram, the terrorist organization establishes themselves against the west through their ideals and the name’s English meaning, ‘western education is a sin.’ Boko Haram … Continue reading

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Tackling Muslim Fashion Within a Secular State

The typical American student, let’s call him Ryan, who might pay attention in his Social Studies class, would probably define Secularism as, ‘the separation of church and state.’ However, Secularism is not simply the act of separating two spheres, which … Continue reading

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Modern Muslim Reformers: Comparing Malala Yousafzai and Maajid Nawaz

by Gaetano Martell0 The subject of Islam’s role in the world is dense and rife with misinformation. It is not uncommon to see media portrayals and depictions of Muslims that use stereotypes to define them and promote a monolithic view … Continue reading

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21st Century Orientalism in Iran and the United States

Seeing the movie Persepolis in the sixth grade was one of the first truly globalizing moments of my life. Up until that point Iran, and the entire Middle East really, was in my narrow perception simply a land of conflict … Continue reading

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The Politics of Culture in Iran

How have Persian tradition, Islamic religion, and Western thought influenced and shaped the contemporary political sphere of Iran? The political history of Iran is complex, tumultuous, and has left many political scientists scratching their heads. Both the establishment and the … Continue reading

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Saving The Bharat Mata: What was at stake for her children?

Can you pinpoint the moments in history that make you who you are? The moments that have created your identity? For Muslims, as well as other religious communities in India such as Hindus and Sikhs, one of these defining and … Continue reading

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