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Andrew Seligson: The Buber Center for Peace

Andrew Seligson: The Buber Center for Peace

Modeling myself after a few different institutions such as the Peres Center for Peace, Encounter, Heartbeat, Interfaith Youth Core, and Search for Common Ground, I would create an institution called the Martin Buber Center for Dialogue in Washington D.C. The reason I chose Washington D.C. is because while there are centers in Israel such as(…)

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Andrew Seligson: Two Expressions of Political Islam

Andrew Seligson: Two Expressions of Political Islam

The two strands of modern Islamic thought I am going to discuss are those of Sayyid Qutb and Mahmoud Taha. Sayyid Qutb is widely known as one of the founders of modern Islamic fundamentalism, and worked to establish and argue that militant Jihad is the only towards creating an alternative to Western liberalism and Soviet(…)

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Andrew Seligson: The Creation and Continuance of Muslim Community

Andrew Seligson: The Creation and Continuance of Muslim Community

There are three ways that I have identified in which the Qur’an contributes to the creation as well as the continuation of community. The first is through the strong sense of monotheism that binds the community together upon a single foundation: the belief in one God and the Day of Judgment. The second is the(…)

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Andrew Seligson: Lord of the Rings as a Theological Document for Peacemaking

Andrew Seligson: Lord of the Rings as a Theological Document for Peacemaking

“Nay, dear lord”, she said, “that choice is long over”. There is now no ship that can bear me hence [into the undying lands], and I must indeed abide the Doom of Men, whether I will nor I nill: the loss and the silence. But I say to you, King of the Numenoreans, not till(…)

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Andrew Seligson: Justice, Forgiveness, and Friendship in the Qur’an

Andrew Seligson: Justice, Forgiveness, and Friendship in the Qur’an

The Qur’an presents us with unique ways of re-articulating notions of justice, forgiveness, and friendship both within our personal lives as well as in the public sphere of politics. In this essay, I will discuss the Qur’anic concepts of justice, forgiveness, and friendship separately, and then show how they are part of a unified and(…)

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Andrew Seligson: The Role of Religion in Political Forgiveness

Andrew Seligson: The Role of Religion in Political Forgiveness

In both Christianity and Islam, concepts and elements and forgiveness are present both within scripture as well as within the theological tradition. However, it is important to make a few key distinctions between each tradition. This essay will focus on the role of forgiveness as a duty within Christ’s teachings and Christian theology in general,(…)

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Andrew Seligson: Eschatology in the Qur’an

Andrew Seligson: Eschatology in the Qur’an

Qur’anic eschatology is defined by few key factors. The first component is the importance of remembrance of the Day of Judgment. The second component which is also linked to remembrance is the idea of resurrection and being held accountable for one’s choices and actions in this life due to the scales. The third component is(…)

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Andrew Seligson: The Concept of Kufr and Salih in Muslim Practice

Andrew Seligson: The Concept of Kufr and Salih in Muslim Practice

The words Kufr and Salih point towards the notion of idea-actions. As we have discussed in class, intention plays a crucial role in Islamic theology. The “idea” or “intent” behind an action is almost as important as the action and its consequences: “Morality in Islam had its origin in religion and developed exclusively within its(…)

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Andrew Seligson: The Role of Religion in the Development of International Law

Andrew Seligson: The Role of Religion in the Development of International Law

It is important to make the decision between the just war tradition in Christian based and predominantly Middle-Eastern based Islam. As we discussed in class, while there are many ways in which the Christian tradition borrowed from and was deeply influenced by the Muslim tradition, there are also serious contradictions and divides in each traditions(…)

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Andrew Seligson: Understanding Intertextuality through Sura 55

Andrew Seligson: Understanding Intertextuality through Sura 55

The importance of intertextual readings of the Suras is as important as reading any other sacred scripture. For example, the recurring dreams in the Hebrew bible in the story of Joseph and Daniel creates an internal coherence of the text. At each point in time of writing of these sources and tales, it gives us(…)

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Andrew Seligson: Three Components of Islamic Practice and Worldview

Andrew Seligson: Three Components of Islamic Practice and Worldview

I have identified three primary teachings within the Qur’an itself, each of which points to key moral lessons that are meant to be expanded upon in the life of the believer. The first is that there is no God but Allah, and that Muhammad is his prophet. The second is that there is going to(…)

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Andrew Seligson: The Role of Religious Peacemaking and Friendship within International Relations

Andrew Seligson: The Role of Religious Peacemaking and Friendship within International Relations

In the current political sphere, there is a tremendous need to rethink paradigms for realistic, sustainable, as well as just peace. After the World Wars, centuries of colonialism, the rise of nationalism, and the dominance of centralized state power, politics came to be seen as a zero sum game. That is, that there is no(…)

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Andrew Seligson: The Life of Muhammad In Conversation With Other Prophetic Stories

Andrew Seligson: The Life of Muhammad In Conversation With Other Prophetic Stories

The prophet Muhammad, albeit similar to many other prophets within the Abrahamic tradition, was undoubtedly unique in certain elements of his life story that ultimately led him to be receptive to God’s message and plan for his life. This essay will discuss the ways in which the Prophet Muhammad’s story is similar to that of(…)

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