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  • Orientism And Ideas In Edward Said's Orientalism

    After reading Edward Said’s Orientalism, I understand why his piece has created such a visible legacy not only at Columbia but across academia. His ideas are revolutionary, striking at the foundations of academic institutions all over the world. As an individual, studying Islam and the Middle East of which my interests include Sufism, Sectarianism, and Fundamentalism, I am the product of orientalism, no doubt. As a member of this new generation of orientalists, however, what exactly is my role in a field bloated with lasting legacies of cultural domination? Breaking out of the orientalist framework while using terms at the underpinning of orientalism seems paradoxical nor entirely possible. Nevertheless, I write this reflection with optimism. The fact that I have now been exposed to these power structures makes me feel excited, for I have essentially entered another theoretical realm. In this reflection, I discuss Said’s thesis, examine these power discourses, and pose questions that I think need elaboration from not only Said but today’s orientalists. Orientalism as presented by…

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  • The Babi-Bahai Faith

    Words and concepts such as heart (inner essence), human spirit, and mirror are used extensively in both Sufi and Babi-Baha’i writings. In addition, explanation of concepts such as knowledge of God, divine presence, and reflection of divine attribute is also present in the writings of both Al-Ghazali and Bab. However, the interpretation of those concepts by Bab and Al-Ghazali distinguishes Sufism and Babi-Baha’i Faith. Al-Ghazali and Bab have different views towards the human nature and in…

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  • What Is The Film Response Jodha Akbar?

    Akbar is able to cope with high stress situations and overcome any obstacle in a ideally peaceful mannerism. The preset conditions set by Jodhaa regarding the marriage were, that she is able to keep her hindu faith and continue to practice her faith and religion and that a small shrine be built in the temple so that she could worship krishna. I think the significance lies in the demonstration of tolerance and acceptance displayed by prince Akbar in accepting princess Jodhaa conditions which…

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  • Walt Whitman And Al-Hallaj As A Sufi Poet

    Since they believed that the divine is everywhere and no sense of” you” as a separate individual remains. This oneness with God was clearly evident in almost all of Al- Hallaj’s poems, especially in his poem “I am He whom I love”, where he said that he and God are two souls blended in one “If thou seest me/thou seest Him/And if thou seest Him/thou seest us both (Badawi 47).In fact, the whole concept of unity lies in these line. Moreover, it’s important to note that in Sufism there’s amusement…

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  • Epistle On Sufism

    Guillermo Vasquez Ms. Bauman Essay 1 – Midterm 1 March 2016 Topic: Compare and contrast The Cloud of Unknowing and The Epistle on Sufism in relationship to how it relates to God, specifically between love, knowledge, and humility. The Cloud of Unknowing and The Epistle on Sufism, are both considered mysticisms because they both agree on the belief that direct knowledge of God, spiritual truth, or ultimate reality can be attained through subjective experience. In other words, a religious…

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  • Women's Role In Sufism

    Man has ruled over women for thousands of years. The Buddha did not accept female disciples, and Christianity destroyed many wise women by burning them alive and calling them witches. However, Sufism recognizes a concept that concentrates on feminine divinity. In Islam, the two most common names for God are “Ar-Rahman” and “Ar-Raheem,” the most merciful and the most beneficent. Both share the same root, “Rahm,” which means the womb of a woman in arabic. This illustrates the concept of God’s…

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  • Sufism In Islam Essay

    Sufism is recognised as and can be referred to as Tasawwuf in islam. Sufism in the Muslim world first came around between the 8th and 9th centuries C.E. The people that follow Sufism are labelled Sufis and their aim is to pursue in finding the truth, they do this by having experiences with Allah. The main objective of the Sufi people is to be united with Allah in the next life e.g. heaven hence the reason why Sufism has established several spiritual performs that are focused on severe restraint…

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  • Compare And Contrast Sufism And Buddhism

    Throughout the world there are thousands of religions. I’ve learned you can almost connect each religion in some way. Many of the religions are connected due to very similar moral guidelines, but they branch into their own unique religion due to very different beliefs and practices. During this second half of the semester we have been studying bhakti Hinduism, Sikhism, Sufism, and Buddhism. You can compare and contrast each of this to one another, but in this paper I will only be comparing and…

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  • Noor Inayat Khan Accomplishments

    Because of World War Two, there are many war stories that still told today. Noor Inayat Khan was a big help to the Allies. Noor Inayat Khan changed the way women seen in war through her actions in World War II. This is proven throughout her childhood, her involvement with the Allied forces, her accomplishments as a spy, and her capture. Noor Inayat Khan had a rough childhood because she was an Indian princess, had relationship problems, and Noor Inayat Khan was born by Hazrat Inayat Khan and…

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  • The Conference Of The Birds And The Old Testament Analysis

    Van Nguyen Stanford Human Event 2 November, 2016 Parallels and divergences can be found in two texts, and this includes the religious texts of Sufism and Christianity. Both similarities and differences present thoughtful insights into the creation and underlying doctrine of the religions, along with possible inspirations from each other. Farid ud-Din Attar’s “The Conference of the Birds” and the Old Testament’s story of Moses and the Hebrew people features suffering as an aspect in the…

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