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Many, Together: Pluralism in the Qur’anic Verse

Many, Together: Pluralism in the Qur’anic Verse

In the 2016 US Presidential election, there was a considerable amount of negative rhetoric about Muslims from the Republican ticket. It was the continuation of building discrimination and fear that began in earnest after the events of September 11, 2001, and has impacted the lives of millions of American Muslims in the almost two decades(…)

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The Modern Qur’an: Exegesis in Contemporary Society

The Modern Qur’an: Exegesis in Contemporary Society

In 610CE, the Prophet Muhammad began to deliver the revelations of the Qur’an.1 The world to which he was speaking a century and a half ago is vastly different from the world in which we live today, in essentially every aspect of life, but particularly in values, morals, and ideas of rights and equality. This(…)

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Justice Plus: The Institutionalization of Forgiveness and Friendship in Muslim Society

Justice Plus: The Institutionalization of Forgiveness and Friendship in Muslim Society

God is just. As the Qur’an says, “[…] your Lord is never unjust to His servants.”1 He is the source of all good and all evil, and both exist because he permits it. He is the ultimate determiner of all things, and justice is the most basic, grounding principle of Muslim ethics. However, justice is(…)

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The End of Days: The Qur’anic Afterlife

The End of Days: The Qur’anic Afterlife

The End of Days: The Qur’anic Afterlife   Religion is a haven of those who seek answers. It has been sought after for many years for a myriad of different reasons, each personal each religious person. However, for almost everyone who seeks it, religion holds one irresistible promise—the promise of a continuation after our mortal(…)

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Anna McLean: The Basis and Structure of Qur’anic Morality

Anna McLean: The Basis and Structure of Qur’anic Morality

The Qur’anic Moral Order Like many structured religions, Islam has a variety of rules and regulations concerning how humans ought to live on earth, according to the wishes of God. These rules prescribing actions that are morally right, wrong, or inconsequential make up a large part of the content of the Qur’an itself, and it,(…)

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Anna Mclean: The Qur’anic Roots of Islamic Art

Anna Mclean: The Qur’anic Roots of Islamic Art

The Qur’anic Origins of Islamic Art       All three of the major Abrahamic religions have a different conception of God. Judaism tends to conceive of God as a one to be feared, Christianity as a God that is merciful, and Islam holds God above all to be a creator1. “Marvellous Creator of the(…)

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Anna McLean: The Character of Muhammad and His Impact on Qur’anic Verse

Anna McLean: The Character of Muhammad and His Impact on Qur’anic Verse

     According to Muslim tradition, the Qur’an is the pure and unadulterated word of God. It is inalterable, exists outside of time, and is applicable to all of humanity forever. However, God chose to deliver this word through a human vessel in Muhammed, who while the epitome of humanity and the ultimate role model,(…)

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