Humanities Moments

Humanities Moments

We’ve all had “humanities moments” — when our lives were made richer, more poignant, and meaningful because of the insights the humanities provide.

The Islamic Empire

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When I began AP World in my sophomore year of high school, I knew virtually nothing about the religion of Islam. So when we began our unit on the Islamic Empire, my experience was something akin to culture shock. I had never realized how similar Islam was to Christianity, and the more I learned about the events of that time period, the more I began to realize *why* I was so ignorant. The interactions between the Western world and the Muslim people had consistently been tense throughout history, despite having very similar religions. This newfound knowledge really changed the way I had previously viewed radical Islamic terrorist attacks in the US and cleared up many of the previous misconceptions I had about Muslim people in general. Misconceptions that, left unresolved, create potentially dangerous situations for Muslim refugees around the world. That unit truly helped me to see issues with Islamic groups in a strikingly different manner, and encourages me to continue to seek information about other groups of people in an effort to understand them and hopefully, be a better person by doing so – someone more compassionate, thoughtful, and better equipped to offer assistance to others.
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Why is this a Humanities Moment?

This moment not only changed my perspective on a specific group of people, but also motivated me to seek out similar experiences and continue growing by becoming informed about others unlike myself.

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The Islamic Empire

Subject

This moment not only changed my perspective on a specific group of people, but also motivated me to seek out similar experiences and continue growing by becoming informed about others unlike myself.

Description

When I began AP World in my sophomore year of high school, I knew virtually nothing about the religion of Islam. So when we began our unit on the Islamic Empire, my experience was something akin to culture shock. I had never realized how similar Islam was to Christianity, and the more I learned about the events of that time period, the more I began to realize *why* I was so ignorant. The interactions between the Western world and the Muslim people had consistently been tense throughout history, despite having very similar religions. This newfound knowledge really changed the way I had previously viewed radical Islamic terrorist attacks in the US and cleared up many of the previous misconceptions I had about Muslim people in general. Misconceptions that, left unresolved, create potentially dangerous situations for Muslim refugees around the world. That unit truly helped me to see issues with Islamic groups in a strikingly different manner, and encourages me to continue to seek information about other groups of people in an effort to understand them and hopefully, be a better person by doing so – someone more compassionate, thoughtful, and better equipped to offer assistance to others.

Date

2015

Contributor

My teachers

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