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ISLAM a geographical perspective
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Topics Symbolism Sacred places Origins and diffusion Impacts of colonialism
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Some flags of Islamic countries What seem to be the dominant colors and motifs? Green was the color of Muhammad’s robe The crescent moon was a symbol of Constantinople, “borrowed” when it was conquered in 1453 and renamed Istanbul The five-pointed star represents the five pillars of Islam 1. Confession of faith in Allah and no other god as well as belief in the finality of the prophethood of Muhammad 2. Ritual worship of Allah 5 times a day 3. Charity and concern for the needy 4. Avoidance of food, drink and sex during daylight hours for the month of Ramadan 5. Hajj (pilgrimage to Mecca once in one’s life)
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Islam Islam means “submission” (to the will of Allah) Shares many roots with Judaism and Christianity including stories of Adam, Abraham, Moses, David, and Jesus Islam’s sacred places mosques Mecca Medina Jerusalem
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a mosque in Yemen
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Istanbul’s Blue Mosque http://www.mccullagh.org
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a mosque in N.W. China
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Jerusalem A sacred place for three religions A place of conflict the way of the cross (Christian) foreground Mount of Olives, Jewish burials background ruins of the city of David and west wall of the temple mount (believed by Jews to be the remaining wall of Solomon’s original temple, also called the “wailing wall”)
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