A Forum for Student Dialogue on Themes of Islamic and Peace Studies
(Related Courses: Religion 270, 272, 275, 276, 373)


گفتگوی علمی و بین المللی دانشجویان مطالعات اسلامی و خاور میانه
This website serves students of Oberlin College in Islamic Studies. It provides a dialogue forum with focus on Art, Architecture, Friendship and Peace Studies, Literature, Civilization, the Qur'an, and Spirituality. Students taking related courses are invited to write short response papers and also receive commentaries on their perspectives from colleagues at Oberlin College and other academic institutions in U.S. and abroad. The website provides a possibility for open international, intercultural, and interdisciplinary dialogue on aspects and characteristics of Islamic religion, culture, and Civilization.
The validity of varying interpretations of friendship:  An Oberlin Perspective

The validity of varying interpretations of friendship: An Oberlin Perspective

For my final research paper, I decided to interview people in the Oberlin community on their different beliefs surrounding the idea of friendship. I decided on this research format for a few key reasons. First, a lot of my work outside the classroom at Oberlin has involved interviewing. For the past two years, I’ve been(…)

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Friendships Powerful Tool: Music Education

Mazie Preite Throughout the past few centuries, many philosophies about what human societies should value most and strive to achieve have come and gone. These philosophies have differed greatly but, ultimately, they all played an important role of leading us to where we are today. Although there have been a lot of improvements to our(…)

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Friendship in Hindu Texts

Friendship in Hindu Texts

Introduction Friendship has the potential to be one of the most powerful forces for healing the ills of the world. Throughout this past century, modern society has faced mass “war,” “individualism,” “unilateralism,” and “loneliness”—all of which can be mitigated through friendship that is both sufficiently “conceptualized” and effectively “institutionalized” [i]. One of the most important(…)

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Alex Scheitinger: Competitive Friends (Final Paper)

Alex Scheitinger: Competitive Friends (Final Paper)

Anyone who knows me well would be reluctant to associate sports with me. Music, movies, and theatre: those are the domains which readily come to mind, but sports? The relationship is questionable to say the least. Indeed, I have always been insecure in my place in the athletic realm. At an early age I participated(…)

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Friendship is Magic! [Final Paper]

Friendship is Magic! [Final Paper]

Michel De Montaigne famously wrote “[Whoever] is delighted in solitude is either a beast or a god.”1 Friendship and connection are essential to the human experience, and throughout human history different minds have seen friendship in different ways. In this paper I’ll be analyzing friendship through a different lens than what we have previously looked,(…)

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The Art of Friendship in the Context of Political Ecology

The Art of Friendship in the Context of Political Ecology

As we have learned in the class the expansion of friendship to encompass all areas of life is essential to understanding to ridding ourselves of the ills we have created the disconnection and the ultimate ills in our society. Through this course we have learned that through neoliberalism and other systemic forces we have lost(…)

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Friendship in the Workplace: My Experience Working at the Cat in the Cream (FINAL PAPER)

Friendship in the Workplace: My Experience Working at the Cat in the Cream (FINAL PAPER)

From the Fall Semester of 2017 until Spring Semester of 2019 I worked at the Cat in the Cream Coffeehouse at Oberlin College. I had previously been to many shows at the Cat and enjoyed them all immensely, not only for the artists that performed but for the warm and welcoming environment that was created(…)

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Friendship in the Age of the Internet (FINAL PAPER)

Friendship in the Age of the Internet (FINAL PAPER)

Zite Ezeh The internet is a tool that has revolutionized every aspect of modern life. It’s almost impossible to live in this day and age without utilizing or interacting with the internet in some capacity, and a particularly influential sphere of the internet has been that of social media. In this paper, social media is(…)

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Daniel Weintraub Friendship: It’s What You Make of it

Daniel Weintraub Friendship: It’s What You Make of it

Dictionary.com defines Nepotism as “The practice among those with power or influence of favoring relatives or friends, especially by giving them jobs”. They say that in politics, it’s who you know. and throughout history, those “who know” have given inumerable profits to connected figures. This is true whether they be business-people, politicians, diplomats, family, friends,(…)

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RP 6: A Friendship Story

RP 6: A Friendship Story

For my final response paper, I thought I’d tell a friendship story relating to the arts. Back in elementary school, I was mortal enemies with this boy in my grade named Nate. I can’t remember the reason why, and there may not even be a reason. We just despised each other as much as a(…)

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RP6 – poem

RP6 – poem

            For my sixth response paper, I wrote a poem about the people I love (both friends and family) and performed it at a friendship poetry picnic that happened this past Sunday (May 5th) in Tappan Square. The picnic was organized by OSLAM, Oberlin’s slam poetry team, of which I am a part, and it(…)

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The complicated case of friendship in online gaming communities

The complicated case of friendship in online gaming communities

What defines good friendship? Is good friendship the only type of genuine friendship? These are the questions that Alexander Nehamas sets out to answer in his work, On Friendship. He outlines several main points on modern friendship and states disagreements with historical philosophers such as Aristotle, specifically the claim the virtuous friendship is the best(…)

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The Role of Music in Friendship:

Self-Other Merging, Group Bonding and Personal Pleasure INTRODUCTION Music has, since its conception, served as a powerful tool for expression, communication, creation, and social bonding. Whether it is expressed through the beautiful performance of an ensemble, the careful craft of composition, or through mediums like radio, music has the profound ability to affect people on(…)

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RP6: Guide to Friendship Activities in Oberlin, OH

Guide to Friendship at Oberlin In a place new to so many people, it is important to have a resource of ways to bond with others. Oberlin constituted a National Day of Friendship, April 8, so this guide only seems fitting for a town with such vibrancy and diversity. This list of recommendations follows different(…)

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Friendship and Music

Friendship and Music

Zite Ezeh                                                                                                                                      3 May, 2019 Friendship: Perspectives from Religion, Politics, Economics, and Art – Professor Mahallati Response Paper 5 A field in which I see a heavy presence of friendship and community is the field of music. Music (as both an industry, and simply a combination of sounds) allows for the cultivation of real friendships(…)

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A Conference on Friendship Studies in Rosemont College

A Conference on Friendship Studies in Rosemont College

On April 26, 2019, I was invited to a conference on Friendship Studies in Rosemont College in Philadelphia. The organizer, professor Jennifer Jackson put together a number of panels to explore the status of Friendship Studies in contemporary academia. Importantly she introduced Oberlin as the only American institution of higher education in America where an interdisciplinary(…)

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