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Delaney Meyers: The Autonomy and Control in, and of, Revenge

Delaney Meyers: The Autonomy and Control in, and of, Revenge

“What is it that issues from god’s justice or god’s mercy and does that which issues from god’s mercy abrogate that which issues from god’s justice?” (Nasr, 2) I find this to be a very compelling question. To me this speaks to the innate dissonance between forgiveness and “justice” (i.e. in a form of punishment).(…)

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Delaney Meyers: Akbar the Great: Pluralism, Stability, Power

Delaney Meyers: Akbar the Great: Pluralism, Stability, Power

Diana Eck—Harvard Professor, interfaith advocate, and creator of The Pluralism Project— defines pluralism as “not diversity alone, but the energetic engagement with diversity”. She says pluralism goes beyond passive tolerance, requiring “the active seeking of understanding across lines of difference” (What is Pluralism?). Akbar ruled over an emperor with immense diversity, and he embodied tolerance(…)

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Delaney Meyers: Misguided Strategies, Uninformed Consequences

Delaney Meyers: Misguided Strategies, Uninformed Consequences

Nationalism in response to terror only fuels terror itself and does not eradicate or even diminish the causes of terrorism. It we want to be more active in stopping the recruitment of ISIS, then we should be putting money into aid and social programs in places where Muslim youth are in unstable situations where they(…)

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Delaney Meyers: The Stability of Pluralism and The Irony of Instability

Delaney Meyers: The Stability of Pluralism and The Irony of Instability

They key difference between Indonesia and Pakistan and Afghanistan is the peaceful and successful transfer of power post-colonial occupation. In 1949 Indonesia finally gained independence from several attempts at Dutch re-occupation. This stable transition is a large factor in Indonesia’s lack of suffering from fundamentalism (Mahallati lecture 11/7). It is also interesting to me that(…)

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Delaney Meyers: Variety and Nuance within Modernity’s Doctrine

Delaney Meyers: Variety and Nuance within Modernity’s Doctrine

Hallaq argues that the traditional paradigm of Sari’a cannot by definition exist within the modern paradigm of the nation-state because they function in fundamentally different ways. For example, the purpose of law in Shari’a is to serve morality, whereas in the nation-state the purpose of law is to create order with reason and progress at(…)

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Delaney Meyers: Interfaith Communication and Hierarchy

Delaney Meyers: Interfaith Communication and Hierarchy

I would argue that some of the factors of Islam as a religion that lead to it’s speedy successful expansion are also leading factors of Islam’s early potential for interfaith communication. For example, the attractive quality of the eternal afterlife was a significant factor in conquered people’s acceptance of Islam because it meant that their(…)

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Delaney Meyers: Moral Authority, Organized Protection

Delaney Meyers: Moral Authority, Organized Protection

The social environment of the pre-Islamic world was ripe for the creation of an empire both in it’s lack of an organizational authority and a moral authority. The lack of an organized “law enforcement” system was a large factor in the degree of potential for military prowess. Lex talionis was the “eye for and eye”(…)

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