Critics of Islam often conflate religious and political issues. With the emergence of Islamic political parties in the international spotlight, it has become increasingly important to recognize where religion ends and politics begin, and how social concerns are impacted by each.
Representations of Islamic culture surround us, whether in the use of everyday objects or visual representation in our art and architecture. The historical roots of these influences can run deep, but are often unacknowledged.
Knowledge about unfamiliar cultures often comes first through mainstream media and film. How do these media shape non-Muslims' understanding of Islam?