The Huffington Post
8 days
The problem, however, is that the teaching of Islam has been limited to its religious practice. Its impact on the arts and culture, particularly in the United States, is seldom discussed. What teaching of Islam misses In high school history books, there is little mention of the intertwined histories of Europe, Asia and Africa in the middle ages and the Renaissance. There is even less mention of the flowering of art, literature and architecture during this time. In a world history textbook for New York public high schools, for example, the "Muslim World," appears in the 10th chapter. In condensing a thousand years of history - from the seventh to the 17th century - it focuses only on "Arab armies" and the rise of early modern Muslim empires. Palatine Chapel borrowed from the art of the Fatimids. Al-dabra , CC BY-NC-ND Such narrow focus misses out on the cultural exchanges during this period.
Informed Comment
9 days
The problem, however, is that the teaching of Islam has been limited to its religious practice. Its impact on the arts and culture, particularly in the United States, is seldom discussed. What teaching of Islam misses In high school history books, there is little mention of the intertwined histories of Europe, Asia and Africa in the middle ages and the Renaissance. There is even less mention of the flowering of art, literature and architecture during this time. In a world history textbook for New York public high schools, for example, the “Muslim World,” appears in the 10th chapter. In condensing a thousand years of history – from the seventh to the 17th century – it focuses only on “Arab armies” and the rise of early modern Muslim empires. Palatine Chapel borrowed from the art of the Fatimids. Al-dabra , CC BY-NC-ND Such narrow focus misses out on the cultural exchanges during this period.
Informed Comment
9 days
The problem, however, is that the teaching of Islam has been limited to its religious practice. Its impact on the arts and culture, particularly in the United States, is seldom discussed. What teaching of Islam misses In high school history books, there is little mention of the intertwined histories of Europe, Asia and Africa in the middle ages and the Renaissance. There is even less mention of the flowering of art, literature and architecture during this time. In a world history textbook for New York public high schools, for example, the “Muslim World,” appears in the 10th chapter. In condensing a thousand years of history – from the seventh to the 17th century – it focuses only on “Arab armies” and the rise of early modern Muslim empires. Palatine Chapel borrowed from the art of the Fatimids. Al-dabra , CC BY-NC-ND Such narrow focus misses out on the cultural exchanges during this period.
Informed Comment
a year
The very idea of a single caliph holding exclusive office is also belied by the troubled coexistence of multiple adversarial caliphates throughout the ages. Indeed, between 929 and 1031 no fewer than three separate caliphates simultaneously – and incongruouslyexercised sovereignty in different spheres of the Muslim world: the Umayyads from their seat of power in Cordoba, the Fatimids from their capital in Cairo and the Abbassids, who protested impotently at their waning influence on the empire’s peripheries, from their glorious capital, Baghdad. These historical facts utterly undermine ISIS’s rose-tinted narrative of sublime Muslim unity fractured by nefarious western intervention. This is not to deny that the West has played a primary role in dictating the contours of the modern Muslim world, particularly through the painful colonial period, a legacy with which we are still contending.
The Huffington Post
2 years
The Path to Cairo by Wael Shawky, HD video, 2013. Shawky may not have the means or production skills of such masters, but we shouldn't underestimate his modest sets, deceptively-unassuming humor and the beguilingly-cute horde of marionettes packed into his films as signifiers of lapsed seriousness, especially given that in the totality of Cabaret Crusades there is barely a face or a figure that appears onscreen without personifying some manner of lacerating and intolerant, often mercenary sociopath. The sting of Shawky's three films, of course, is the after-realization that the sheer number of sociopaths in succession in his films implies that each of us contains the germs of intolerance and the will to authoritarian power that can turn our loftiest ideologies into coercive indoctrinations to the point that our most inspired sentiments become at best corrupted and hypocritical, and at worst hardened and autocratic dogma 1098 CE / 490 AH: The Seljuk Sultan at Baghdad lets the Fatimids respond to the arrival of the First Crusade, given that the Fatimid Caliph of Cairo has just seized Jerusalem and other territory from the Seljuks.
The Huffington Post
2 years
(I.e., for the Evangelical Christian, the myth of the American military and billions of dollars ensuring, not so much the protection of Israelis, but Christian access to the shrines of the Holy Land -- despite that Muslims protected Christian sites and their access for over a millennia. 1098 CE / 490 AH: The Seljuk Sultan at Baghdad lets the Fatimids respond to the arrival of the First Crusade, given that the Fatimid Caliph of Cairo has just seized Jerusalem and other territory from the Seljuks. As the Sultan expects, the consequence of the shifting borders make Antioch the Crusaders' first objective and conquest. The Horror Show File by Wael Shawky, HD video, 2010. Religious and secular Muslims alike have been saddled by the media with the myth of their harbored lust for restoring a former imperial glory to the region which was lost with the failure in the modern age to keep apace both militaristically and economically with global nations.