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Sufism, the Qur’an, and Islam

Sufism, the Qur’an, and Islam

Clio Schwartz RELG 272 Introduction to the Qur’an Professor M. Jafar Mahallati 05/14/2018   Sufism is an Islamic form of worship that is well-known for its mysticism and Persian poetry and thus often decontextualized from Islam. Nonetheless, Sufism is very Muslim. The Qur’an is the Sufi holy text, and Mohammed the Last Prophet. Sufism was(…)

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Contemporary Qur’anic Perspectives

Contemporary Qur’anic Perspectives

Clio Schwartz RELG 272 Intro to the Qur’an Professor M. Jafar Mahallati 05/11/2018   In Islam, the Qur’an is taken as the direct word of God, transcribed as dictated from Mohammed, the last prophet. Every Muslim holds the Qur’an in highest esteem. Nonetheless, as in many religions, there are many ways to interpret the Qur’an,(…)

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Friendship and Forgiveness in the Qur’an

Friendship and Forgiveness in the Qur’an

Clio Schwartz RELG 272 Intro to the Qur’an Professor M. Jafar Mahallati 05/03/2018   Friendship takes several forms in the Qur’an, two of which are between humans and between the individual and God. Friendship is held in high regard and is seen as a virtuous endeavor. The Sufi poet Rumi ruminates upon this in the(…)

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Qur’anic Eschatology

Qur’anic Eschatology

Clio Schwartz RELG 272 Intro to the Qur’an Professor Jafar Mahallati Qur’anic Eschatology   The Qur’an is singular as a religious text for several reasons, the most well-known being that it is the direct word of God himself. This is often depicted in the use of first person or first person plural pronouns. However, it(…)

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Clio Schwartz: Qur’anic Moral Order: What Good is Evil?

Clio Schwartz: Qur’anic Moral Order: What Good is Evil?

Clio Schwartz RELG 272 Introduction to the Qur’an Professor M. Jafar Mahallati 03/15/2018 Qur’anic Moral Order: What Good is Evil? The Qur’an, as word of God, serves the purpose of revealing the right path for all believers of Islam. The book illuminates and designates right from wrong, good deed from sin, piety from blasphemy. However,(…)

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Clio Schwartz: Islamic Art and the Qur’an

Clio Schwartz: Islamic Art and the Qur’an

Clio Schwartz Introduction to the Qur’an Professor M. Jafar Mahallati 02/28/2018 Islamic Art and the Qur’an The Qur’an is known to be the word of God in the Islamic world, and all that exists has been spoken by God. Art that is created in tribute to God is thus exalted. The verses of the Qur’an(…)

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Prophet Muhammad, Lover of God

Prophet Muhammad, Lover of God

Clio Schwartz RELG 272 Professor Mahallati 02/14/2018 Prophet Muhammad, Lover of God According to the Qur’an, which is considered in Islam to be the direct word of God, there have been several prophets. Muhammad is identified as the last prophet, however, and this distinguishes him from the others. When Muhammad is chosen to prophesy God’s(…)

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