About Elijah Lawrence

I was born in Washington D.C. I am an actor and singer. I have been acting since I was four, and singing privately since I was 13. I like the rain, snow, and fall.

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Ellie Lawrence: Quranic Interpretations and Implications

Ellie Lawrence: Quranic Interpretations and Implications

The central distinctions in different approaches to Quranic interpretation, or tafsir, that lead to starkly different implications for today’s world, involve three issues: 1. Whether to take into account the historical/cultural context of the Qur’an and to incorporate more contemporary societal contexts into how one understands the text. 2. Whether to draw meaning from the(…)

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Ellie Lawrence: The Various Quranic Interpretations

Ellie Lawrence: The Various Quranic Interpretations

The different Quranic interpretations promote various Muslim approaches to politics, aspirations, and organizations. The central distinction in the Quranic interpretation, or tafsir, is centralized around three issues: 1. Whether to take into account the historical and cultural context of the Qur’an and to thus be willing to incorporate more contemporary societal contexts into how one(…)

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Ellie Lawrence: Hajj

Ellie Lawrence: Hajj

Hajj is one of the five pillars of Islam. Every Muslim, in his or her lifetime, must complete Hajj, which is a pilgrimage to Mecca. There are several rituals that are involved before going to Mecca, as well as when one arrives in Mecca. One must dress in a special, all-white cloth that represents purity.(…)

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Elijah Lawrence: Friendship & Forgiveness in the Qur’an

Elijah Lawrence: Friendship & Forgiveness in the Qur’an

The starting point in Sachedina’s discussion of friendship and forgiveness is the fact that Muslims co-exist with individuals and communities that do not share their faith. This is the essential challenge facing Islam’s in the context of a multicultural and multi-faith global society. Coexistence is possible only through forgiveness and compassion, as distinct from retaliation(…)

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Lawrence: Qur’anic Eschatology

Lawrence: Qur’anic Eschatology

Qur’anic eschatology refers to the treatment of death, final judgment, and the ultimate destiny of man in the Qur’an and as interpreted by major theologians of Islam, together create a quilt of fascinating aspects of the Qur’an and its history and culture. One central aspect of this eschatology is the juxtaposition of Heaven and Hell(…)

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Ellie Lawrence- Exegesis Paper

Ellie Lawrence- Exegesis Paper

Various methods have been used to understand the Qur’an, or to engage in exegesis. Haleem presents tafsir as the “most correct method” (160) which involves understanding the Qur’an through two main concepts: the importance of context and internal relationships or intertextuality, as outlined in his book, Understanding the Qur’an: Themes and Style. As Haleem points(…)

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Quranic Normative Structure- Ellie Lawrence

Quranic Normative Structure- Ellie Lawrence

The most significant characteristic of the Quranic normative structure as defined by Izutsu is its derivation from the ethical qualities endorsed by Jahiliyah, or the Arab-of-the-desert/nomadic/pagan virtues that preceded Islam.  The Qur’an adapted the ethical ideals of the Jahiliya to suit the needs of its monotheistic religious belief system by removing the excessive forms of(…)

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Exegesis of the Qur’an- Ellie Lawrence

Exegesis of the Qur’an- Ellie Lawrence

Various methods have been used to understand the Qur’an, or to engage in exegesis. Haleem presents tafsir as the “most correct method” (160) which involves understanding the Qur’an through two main concepts: the importance of context and internal relationships or intertextuality, as outlined in his book, Understanding the Qur’an: Themes and Style. As Haleem points(…)

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Ellie Lawrence: Intertextuality & the Qur’an

Ellie Lawrence: Intertextuality & the Qur’an

Understanding the Qur’an in terms of intertextuality is rooted in the understanding of two main concepts: context and internal relationships, as outlined in Muhammad Abdel Haleem’s Understanding the Qur’an: Themes and Style. Two important concepts which contribute to this are understanding context and internal relationships. As Haleem points out, context is vital in realizing the(…)

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Virtues & Sins in the Quranic Normative Structure

Virtues & Sins in the Quranic Normative Structure

The most significant characteristic of the Quranic normative structure as defined by Izutsu is its derivation from the ethical qualities endorsed by Jahiliyah, or the Arab-of-the-desert/nomadic/pagan virtues that preceded Islam.  The Qur’an adapted the ethical ideals of the Jahiliya to suit the needs of its monotheistic religious belief system by removing the excessive forms of(…)

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Quranic Normative Structure- Ellie Lawrence

Quranic Normative Structure- Ellie Lawrence

The most important aspects of the Quranic normative structure, as defined by Izutsu, are: generosity, loyalty, and courage. These are, coincidentally, views that I hold close to myself as I navigate my life. Generosity is important when interacting with others, so that one’s life is not completely focused inward. In order to live a truly(…)

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Ellie Lawrence: Theology & the Qur’an

Ellie Lawrence: Theology & the Qur’an

The theological view of the Qur’an is intricate and fascinating. Several ideas relate to this view, and different opinions stem from these views, which make up an intricate quilt of theology as it relates to the Qur’an. The idea of “Be” and it is relates to the Qur’anic cosmogony. The Qur’an speaks on this in(…)

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Ellie Lawrence: The Qur’an

Ellie Lawrence: The Qur’an

The history of the prophet Muhammad, and the sacred history of Islam as a religion and culture, shape Islam into what it is today. While the basic understanding of the history of Islam is more or less similar across cultures, the details may sometimes be lost within the bigger picture. The sacred and secular history(…)

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Poetry Presentation: Nazim Hikmet

Poetry Presentation: Nazim Hikmet

The presentation of poetry in class was an eye-opening experience. Reading Nazim Hikmet’s poetry, in particular, made me appreciate the breadth of Islamic poetry, and how it has had such a profound affect on the Muslim world. It also made me realize just how much poetry is a part of the Islamic society. The visual(…)

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Elijah Lawrence: The Three Empires of Early Islamic Civilization

Elijah Lawrence: The Three Empires of Early Islamic Civilization

There were three empires that defined Islam in the earliest days of its existence: the Safavids, the Mughals, and the Ottomans. These three empires created what we think of today as the basis for Islamic civilization. The Safavid Empire began with Shaykh Safi al-Din (1242-1334), who was the head of the Zehediyya Sufi order. Under(…)

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Elijah Lawrence: The Essentials of the Islamic Worldview

Elijah Lawrence: The Essentials of the Islamic Worldview

The Islamic Worldview is what governs the entire Islamic world, from ethics to legality. The first principle is that God (Allah) is the Universal light (Q.24.35: “Allah is the Light of the heavens and the Earth.” Another principle is that of the lives cosmos: that every creature in the cosmos is alive, and they invoke(…)

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