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Welcome to My Journey Through Expressions of Islam – A Preface

Introductory Essay

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A Modern Ghazal

Week 13 Is art timeless? Here I am setting a classic ghazal which I sing to modern music to experiment with the effect. In the musical expression we explored from Pakistan, words of remembrance of God were accompanied by music, … Continue reading

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Branches and Humanity – My Sama

Week 8 This week, we learned about the musical practices of the Sufis. Music (especially the Sama) is a way for people to become closer to God through intoxication with His presence. Leonard Lewisohn writes about the trance experiences that … Continue reading

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Communities of Interpretation

Week 5 The Birth of the Communities of Interpretation   After the death of Prophet Muhammad, people were unsure of whom to accept as the next leader of the Muslims. Some wanted to follow Abu Bakr, a friend of the … Continue reading

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The Adhan and its Plurality within Islam

Week 1 Go to any Muslim country and you will be sure to hear the adhan right before it is time to pray, 5 times a day, everyday. It is something you can almost expect in a location densely populated … Continue reading

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Islam Through its Poetry

Week 4 Islam is a a widely followed religion so it isn’t surprising to find traditions associated with Islam to vary from one community to another. In week 4, we read poems from various¬†parts of the world in praise of … Continue reading

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Holy Nights

Week 3 I was listening to a recitation of Surah Al-Qadr when I realized that it sounded somewhat like ¬†a Christian hymn. I couldn’t remember which one it was, so I searched until I came across Silent Night. Listening to … Continue reading

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