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Introductory Essay

While taking this course, I thought critically about the ways in which Islam and identity are interwoven into a complex tapestry of location and culture. Overall, my blog posts explore issues of identity and the complex struggle within Islam and all religions of finding identity and defining our identity. I worked with five different mediums: […]

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Below you will find my way of expressing the concept of the cultural studies approach. I decided to write a letter to my classmate in third grade instead of a speech because I have always wanted to express how problematic I found his ignorance. I tried to mirror the writing style found in The Reluctant […]

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The Reluctant Fundamentalist is an open-ended story about changing identity post 9/11. The narrator, Changez, grapples with how society views him and how he views himself as he moves from Pakistan to America to attend Princeton. He spends much of his time trying to fit in and be a successful businessman. However, eventually Changez realizes […]

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Persepolis was a poignant narrative that truly showed us how the Iranian Revolution affected a child. By using a comic strip medium, Satrapi presented the reader with many channels to experience the emotions that went with the revolution. In many ways Satrapi’s views of gender are placed upon her by the revolution. As children, we […]

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Ghazal Project

Watch my video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vLugq3OGuQ8&feature=youtu.be     As usual, when we read many of the stories in class, I draw comparison to Hindu traditions that I am familiar with. The week that we read Sindhi-Urdu poems, I felt inspired by the combination of Islamic and Hindu themes to praise God. I felt that this embodied the […]

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In Week 6, we discussed Islamic architecture and art and how it represents the divine. We read several different texts, but focused on the two competing schools of traditionalism versus modern represented by Nasr and Necipoglu respectively.  Nasr focuses more on the idea that all art if a manifestation of the divine and carries spiritual […]

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The Rules of Religion

During Week 3 in class we discussed the recitation of the Qur’an, and this blog is a response to Al-Ghazali’s “External Rules of Qur’an Recitation.” What most stood out was the contrast between public recitation and a private reading of the Qur’an. However, after comparing this reading with Sardar’s Reading the Qur’an and Rasmussen’s The Quran […]

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Jahima came to the Prophet and he said, “O Messenger of Allah, I intend to join the expedition and I seek your advice.” The Prophet said, “Do you have a mother?” He said, “Yes.” The Prophet said, “Stay with her, for verily, Paradise lies beneath her feet.” -Source: Sunan An-Nasa’i, Book of Jihad, Number 3104 […]

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I was moved to do my first creative assignment in response to Professor Asani’s reading Infidel. Professor Asani brings up the difficult question of how can we characterize a religion? More often than not, it is easier to say what is not right with the way someone practices religion, rather than what is right. Take […]

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Welcome to Weblogs at Harvard Law School. This is your first post. Edit or delete it, then start blogging!

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