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Islamic Studies
ISLA 210
Laila Parsons

APRIL 16, 2012:  Palestine: a society and a nation. The loss of Palestine and their continuing plight as refugees, and the fact that a holy site in Islam is in Jerusalem.  Egypt is one of the most important Muslim cultural centre– home to Al Azhar  Iran- most important Shi-ite cemanaries  RELIGION: There are many types of ways in which Islam is expressed: Jibrti is an example of rigourous training who saw things through the integrity of the word, Ali HAshemi was raised in a shi’ites cemenary and learns the joy of scepticism and debate, and marjane satrapi has a very intense relationship with god and prophecy.  Islamic education- howzehs, al-zahar for muslim textual tradition  COLONIALISM and WESTERNIZATION:  Was a backdrop of the course. It was an occupying force  Napolean’s invasion, his experts were the first people to map the building of the Nile, for the Suez Canal  In Iran, the effects of the Shah’s westernizations “mini skirts and dams” but also education, movies  *passage in Mantle where Ali Hashemi is walking though Tehran and look at the posters of scantily clad women, etc. “Even the construction seemed lewd” shows the sense of an invasion of a different culture  Arab spring- effect of the West’s support of authoritarianism.  Mossedat Coup- an example of US and Britain stepping in to eliminate democracy and put in a pro-western leader  Linked to the new secular education in the region (ex. Taha Hussein at the new University, rejection of the traditional system because he had this idea of himself as modernizing) , Jabra A. Jabra’s new secular school that affirmed Palestinian nationalism but repressed religion  WOMEN: (an integral part of th
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