Peter Beinart, in his article, America’s Most Prominent Anti-Muslim Activist I Welcome at the White House, talks about the positions Brigitte Gabrielle takes regarding Islam and her relationship with the members of the new administration.
In “Shrouded in Contradiction,” Gelareh Asayesh compares and contrasts her life in Florida with her life in Iran. While in Florida, she wears westernized clothing, but when she returns to Iraq, she must put on the scarf and long jacket that many Iranian women wear instead of a veil. The essay begins by telling the readers that Asayesh “grew up wearing the miniskirt to school, the veil to the mosque” (187). Instantly, we become aware of her double life; she changes her appearance and demeanor depending on her surroundings.
At the times of the Iranian Revolution, those who deviated from the norm were perceived to be very controversial. Due to the different ideologies of social groups, conflicts and disputes arise among them. In Marjane Satrapi’s, Persepolis, the Iran Revolution triggers the controversy of morals and beliefs between the modernist and the government. The modernist are perceived as rebellious and westernized.
Right from the start, Marji introduces the Islamic Revolution of Iran which took place in 1979. In the opening page we have the theme of religion presented. This portrays the image that it will be a complex area of the book and this is perceived because it uses the image of several men and women protesting against something or someone which later on we will get to know will establish a cultural change as well as a religion clash because of the different beliefs to the regimen.
This paper will be discussing the Koran and specific questions about how The Koran, Hebrew scripture and the Bible relate to a specific section of the Koran. The specific section being pages 204, 205 and 208. The Koran is a religious text written almost 1500 years ago. It was written down by the prophet Mohammed. It is believed to come directly from God. God was not the one that told Mohammed though God told the angel Gabriel and intern Gabriel told Mohammed.
Willow Wilsons memoir entitled “The Butterfly Mosque” depicts the quest of an Atheist whom denies the dissociation of a god she has been taught never existed and submerges herself into a new religion; Islam. Wilson’s journey starts out with her fascination of the concept of god and unanswered prayer through her sickness. She chooses Islam for the very reason that it is monotheistic, antiauthoritarian, and sexually positive. Wilson’s ideas of Islam identify and show distinct contrasts with William Shepard’s book that introduces the foundation of Islam. I, myself identify as a Balkan Muslim, not necessarily a firm follower but a believer. Before I had been taught so much more about my religion in this Introductory class to Islam, I knew little
Analytical Response Paper – “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God” by Jonathan Edwards
In Document 1, a letter written in 1898, by an educator in India, Syed Ahmad Khan, tells of how Muslims are falling behind in education, the antiquated ideas of their forefathers do not survive their modern day and they must adapt British education. The Muslims were once the frontrunners of the world in medicine, technology, and education. He stated,”If the Muslims do not take to the system of education introduced by the British, they will not only remain a backward community, but will sink lower and lower until there will be no hope of recovering left to them.” The reluctance to adapt to British knowledge will ultimately be the demise of Islam. Similarly, 40 years later, Muslim literary figure and Egyptian nationalist, Taha Husayn, is all
The Butterfly Mosque is an autobiography about Willow Wilson, an American woman from Colorado, who moves to Egypt and begins a slow conversion into Islam. She uses her memoir as a vehicle to express how personal she believes Islam is, separated from culture, geography, and ethnicity. Through her experiences and reflections, we are able to understand how she grapples with the ‘clash of civilizations,’ until she asserts that is does even exist. In this essay, I will argue that Willow Wilson’s autobiography does not simply foster a dialogue with the idea of the ‘clash of civilizations,’ but ultimately shows how her faith in Islam eradicates its existence by connecting herself to the ‘other’ as an individual, rather than a product of his culture.
An Islamic revolution had started in Iran in January 1978 that would eventually topple their government. The Shah Reza Pahlavi, commonly referred to as the Shah of Iran, fled Iran in January 1979. Immediately upon his departure, Ayatollah Khomeini returned from exile. His popularity would eventually allow him to control the political power of Iran.
The terrorist attack on September 11, 2001 has sparked intense curiosity and interest in the world especially the West to learn and investigate the religion of Islam. The Muslim people are portrayed as violent and barbaric, and Islam as oppressive and antithesis to human rights values. Thus, escalation of public opinion about Islam has encouraged debates and forums, and also stirred demonstrations and movements which have compelled the Muslims to speak out their minds and interpret and recast their texts viz. Quran and Sunnah of prophet Mohammad and even question and challenge the prevailing culture and practices, and domineering structures. Subsequently, Muslim countries, particularly the Middle Eastern region, have come under
Even though Rasheed was against women’s freedoms and did not mind the Taliban, he still never joined in with them or become a terrorist. By the comparison of these three men, a broader view of Muslim men’s beliefs and lifestyles is created, which supports the fact that not everyone in the Muslim culture is the same.
The study consists of two chapters. The first chapter explores the image of Muhammad in Washington Irving’s work Life of Mahomet. It examines Irving’s portrayal of the Revelation to Muhammad, the image of Muhammad with regard to women, and the spread of Islam, as Irving depicts them in this biography. It also researches the sources that Irving used to form his image of Islam and its Prophet. The second chapter explores the portrayal of Muhammad in Thomas Carlyle’s lecture “The Hero as a Prophet” It examines the portrayal of Muhammad as a “hero” and as a “Prophet” and it discusses the sources Carlyle used to form this image. In addition, it sheds light on the methodology that Carlyle used to support his portrayal. Finally, the achievements of
As a child who was brought up a Christian family, I have always wondered why anyone would deny the existence of God partly because of my upbringing and partly because I didn’t find any logical reason why anyone would be atheist. So, when I got the article, “Why I am an atheist” written by Gil Gaudia, a former professor at the State University of New York, for my assignment, I was excited. I thought that he was going to explain how an atheistic worldview corresponds to reality and list serval points why atheism is a coherent worldview. However, a significant proportion of the paper is devoted to explaining why theistic worldview is wrong. Apart from missing the entire purpose of the article, on his effort to present what he and “significant other atheists believe,” Mr. Gaudia makes several illogical fallacies and contradictions.
In the late 1800s, Arab American literature began to emerge in the USA. The Arabs arrived in North America as immigrants. Moreover, they settled in cities such as New York and Boston and they wrote in newspapers about political and sectarian events in the Middle East. Khalil Gibran, Ameen Rihani and others formed the Pen League and they introduced the Mahjar school of Arab-American writing. Their objective was to create bridges between East and West and create philosophical meeting points between Arab and American ideologies. They used many poetic lines from both east and west to build bridges between the two worlds. ( Majaj, “Arab –American Literature: Origins and Developments” ) Some features of Arab American literature are: asserting