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Muslim Pilgrims Are Taking "Hajj Selfies" And Clerics Are Not Happy

Muslim Pilgrims Are Taking "Hajj Selfies" And Clerics Are Not Happy | Walkerteach Geo | Scoop.it
Clerics are reportedly condemning the latest "selfie fever" at Islam's holiest sites.

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It was only a matter of time before this happened...

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CT Blake's curator insight, October 5, 2014 10:57 AM

More instances of how tech and cultural diffusion can impact culture...and create cultural conflicts.

Sarah Ann Glesenkamp's curator insight, October 26, 2014 10:11 PM

Pop culture and religion

 

Lydia Tsao's curator insight, March 24, 2015 1:00 AM

This demonstrates perfectly the effect of technology on religion and culture. The technology of being able to take selfies is affecting the way people view major religious and cultural customs. I think it is very hypocritical of the Saudi government to ban selfies out of fear of desecrating Mecca and the Hajj because it has authorized and built tons of commercial and business centers right next to the Kaaba. The government has authorized the building of many five-star hotels next to the Kaaba for wealthy tourists to visit Mecca. Mecca has been more exploited by the Saudi government than those who take selfies at the Kaaba. Also, many claim that they find no solace in praying to the sound of major traffic jams and booming commercial centers. These centers seek to exploit the holiness and sanctity of Mecca and the Hajj.

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Judaism -- Hebrews and the Land of Milk and Honey -- Basic Concepts

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Hebrews and the Land of Milk and Honey...
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Medina: Saudis take a bulldozer to Islam's history

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Three of the world’s oldest mosques are about to be destroyed as Saudi Arabia embarks on a multi-billion-pound expansion of Islam’s second holiest site.

 

 

A changing cultural landscape with changing times. An interesting look at Mecca's development.

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Life in Chechnya

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Photojournalist Diana Markosian spent the last year and half covering Russia's volatile North Caucasus region.

 

These 33 photos are arranged to tell the cultural story of life in Chechnya, especially the life of young women coming of age in the aftermath of the war.  As the architecture of this mosque suggests, the influence of traditional Islamic values and Russian political authority have greatly shaped the lives of the Chechen people.


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Lauren Stahowiak's curator insight, February 18, 2014 3:24 PM

These pictures show many examples to how life in Chechnya for women is very different for women in the United States. We can see that these woman take part in similar day to day activities, but in very different ways. This is why their lives overall are much different than ours.

Jacob Crowell's curator insight, December 8, 2014 12:28 PM

These photos show the culture of Chechnya. I found them very effective at mixing the environmental and cultural aspects of the area in these pictures. The one where two young people are on a date in a barren snow covered park sitting on opposites sides of the bench because close physical contact is forbidden before marriage. Although the school gym shows how women have to be dressed modestly even when they are exercising. 

Rachel Phillips's curator insight, May 10, 2015 7:33 PM

A picture says a thousand words.  I saw and learned more through these photos than I could of in any article, because you can really see what it's like there.  Authors and journalists can write and write about the facts and the people and the places, but they'll never really be able to show you, not the way pictures like these can.  The pictures of all these people show you what it's like to be there, how they live, what they do, their culture, beliefs, and ways of life. It's one thing to read about how strict rules for women are, but it's another to see those rules in action, like in gym class, and on dates.  We hear these ideas about countries who are strict with women, but can't really see what it would be like because we don't have that in the U.S., but these pictures make you feel it, not just think it.

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The Caste System [ushistory.org]

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The Caste System..."   

Social hieracrchy system of India.
How does this relate to religion?
Does India's society still operate like this? 

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Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster

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With millions of devout worshippers, the Church of the FSM is widely considered a legitimate religion, even by its opponents – mostly fundamentalist Christians, who have accepted that our God has larger balls than theirs.

An interesting question, based on how we define religion can the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster be considered an actual religion? 

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Jasmine Crowther's curator insight, August 18, 2013 9:01 PM

The church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster is believed to be made solely to annoy the Christians about their theory on creationism of the universe. Some of their customs and 'rules' are very far fetched and believed to be fake to further annoy the christians e.g. they believe that pirates were peaceful explorers. The FSM believers are under the impression that the FSM is real and created the universe. the religion of the FSM has been under scrutiny since the day it was announced.

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Muslim Roots, U.S. Blues

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Thirty percent: That’s how many of the 10 million West Africans brought to the Americas as slaves may have been Muslims, according to a growing body of research.

 

Really cool write up about the history of Islam in American history and culture. Definitely check out the Muslim call to prayer (Athaan) vs. Levee Camp Holler to see the cultural influence.

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Taoism and Confucianism — Basic Concepts

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Taoism and Confucianism — Ancient Philosophies..."  

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