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Alexander Broekhuijse: Acting for God: The Relationship Between Ritual and Devotion in Islam and Christianity

Alexander Broekhuijse: Acting for God: The Relationship Between Ritual and Devotion in Islam and Christianity

Intro to the Quran Final Paper A religion is simultaneously an organization and presentation of a faith. In order for a relationship with a faith to be established, developed, and grown within a person there must be factors within the religion that posit that faith as a revolving point in an individual’s life. Repetition and(…)

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Alex Broekhuijse A Spectrum of Opinions: Analyzing Quranic Interpretations from Right to Left

Alex Broekhuijse A Spectrum of Opinions: Analyzing Quranic Interpretations from Right to Left

Religion, as a society wide phenomena, inspires a wide array of interpretations. Just like politics, art, and history, religious interpretations range from the devoutly conservative, to the boldly liberal. While some are modern and attempt to push the faith towards the future, others prefer to steep themselves in the ancient traditions that founded the worship.(…)

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Alex Broekhuijse: Crafting a New Analysis to Combat Oppression

Alex Broekhuijse: Crafting a New Analysis to Combat Oppression

When one attempts to relate an ancient text with the modern world, there are commonly several layers of disconnect between the individual’s beliefs, and the beliefs expressed within the text. This is never so visible as it is in when one examines the Abrahamic texts. Specifically, the concept of feminism and women’s rights often produces(…)

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Community, Charity, Forgiveness, & Justice: A Look at Ummah and the Role of Communities in the Muslim World View

Community, Charity, Forgiveness, & Justice: A Look at Ummah and the Role of Communities in the Muslim World View

Abrahamic religions provide the individual many things, including but not limited to answers about one’s creation and destruction, purpose in life, and possible most importantly, community. With Islam specifically, the community that is created highlights specific social virtues, most importantly justice and forgiveness. There are several factors that lead to the emphasizing of these concepts(…)

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Alex Broekhuijse: Muslim Eschatology and Morality- A Lesson in Motivation

Alex Broekhuijse: Muslim Eschatology and Morality- A Lesson in Motivation

A religion serves several purposes; however, one of the most important functions of a faith is the ability to answer the questions that man is inherently unable to answer. One of these questions that religion seeks to answer is the question of what remains after death. Humanity’s moral condition inherently inhibits it from the ability(…)

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Alex Broekhuijse: Man God & The Cosmos- A Humanistic Trinity

Alex Broekhuijse: Man God & The Cosmos- A Humanistic Trinity

When one examines a religion or faith, they must primarily investigate the relationship that all religions revolve around. This relationship is the dynamic between man, God, and nature, or the cosmos. When one specifically inspects this relationship in Islam, one will find a dynamic between man, God, and the Cosmos that prioritizes self-determination and individual(…)

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Alex Broekhuijse: The Prophet: A Figure Constructed by his Past

Alex Broekhuijse: The Prophet: A Figure Constructed by his Past

When one examines the origin of the muslim faith, one would be remiss to ignore the role of the character of prophet Muhammad in the original construction of the Muslim faith. The prophet possessed countless attributes that ultimately led to his ability to rally and unite Arabia under one faith. Primarily it was his humanitarianism(…)

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Alexander Broekhuijse: Final Paper– The Reflection of Early Christian and Muslim Persecution Within Final Judgment Scenarios

Alexander Broekhuijse: Final Paper– The Reflection of Early Christian and Muslim Persecution Within Final Judgment Scenarios

In the Abrahamic Religions, the afterlife represents the ultimate goal, the final stage that will culminate God and man’s role on earth that began with creation. In both Christianity and Islam, the event which kickstarts humanity’s final transition into the afterlife is the Day of Judgement. This judgement day represents God’s coming to earth and(…)

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Islamic Art: Spirituality in Beauty

Islamic Art: Spirituality in Beauty

Examining a religion’s art produces a very candid and unique perspective of the faith. Looking at Islam specifically one finds a truly unique dichotomy between the production and appreciation of art and faith in God. It manifests itself as an expression towards the interior of the individual. In the Islamic world, art represents a reflection(…)

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A Modern Disenchantment: A Look at the Conflicting Muslim Perspective on Modernity- Alex Broekhuijse

A Modern Disenchantment: A Look at the Conflicting Muslim Perspective on Modernity- Alex Broekhuijse

When one examines the dynamic between the Muslim world and modernity, one views a certain disconnection. Call it a disenchantment or a dissatisfaction, the rise of western powers and cultural integration has led to a frustration with modernity for many individuals in the Muslim world. However, this frustration is not an issue directly because of(…)

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The Gun Powder Empires: Empires Born from Tribal Life- Alex B

The Gun Powder Empires: Empires Born from Tribal Life- Alex B

When one examines the three major Muslim empires of the sixteenth century, one will find many similarities. The Ottoman, Safavid, and Mughal Empires rose to power under somewhat different circumstances, however under very similar means. It appears that is the common nature of the territory where these empires were born that leads to common systems(…)

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Muslim Ethics and World View: An Essence of Manners and Care- Alex Broekhuijse

The ethical beliefs and world view of a community, faith, or nation are some of the most essential elements of that societies structure. When one specifically examines the ethical beliefs and world view of the Muslim faith, one finds that the most common theme throughout is the concept of supporting and caring for all within(…)

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Alex Broekhuijse: The Spark Needed – A Look at the Impact of Golden Age Muslim Discoveries on the European Renaissance

Alex Broekhuijse: The Spark Needed – A Look at the Impact of Golden Age Muslim Discoveries on the European Renaissance

Islam’s Influence on the European Renaissance and the Scientific Revolution Throughout the middle ages, one can notice a dichotomy between two distinct civilizations. Primarily one can examine Europe, a society caught in a dark age, slowly developing towards a breakthrough, known as the European Renaissance. On the other hand, one can witness Muslim Arabia and(…)

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Alex Broekhuijse: An Essence of Balance- Muhammad as a Leader and a Prophet

Alex Broekhuijse: An Essence of Balance- Muhammad as a Leader and a Prophet

When one considers the origins of the muslim faith, nation, and community, one will always notice one essential aspect; the prophet Muhammad was able to produce a nation that was able to grow and develop through its ability to bind people by their faith. There are several unique characteristics of Muhammad that permitted him to(…)

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