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Braque Hesselink: The Parallels between Mosques and Synagogues

Braque Hesselink: The Parallels between Mosques and Synagogues

Organized religions have thrived, throughout history, because of their active roles in society. Religions foster a sense of community—since the earliest days of civilization, they have drawn people together and produced enduring practices and customs, which have become ingrained in cultures across the world. In Islam, the mosque has served as the place of worship(…)

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Braque Hesselink: Reformism and the Qur’an

Braque Hesselink: Reformism and the Qur’an

The Qur’an is a universal text—a living book that is meant to exist alongside humanity, guiding us through the ages.[1] However, as a physical document, it is grounded in a specific period of Arabic history, and is intrinsically connected to beliefs and customs established hundreds of years ago, which continue to define Islamic society. Classic(…)

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Braque Hesselink: Feminist Readings of the Qur’an

Braque Hesselink: Feminist Readings of the Qur’an

As an ancient text, the Qur’an has motivated countless Islamic practices and fostered a culture founded on long-standing traditions. However, contemporary exegetes have questioned certain customs—in particular, misogynistic practices relating to women, which have led to their marginalization in Islamic society. In recent years, feminists have explored new interpretations of the holy text to elevate(…)

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Braque Hesselink: Qur’anic Institutions in Islamic Society

Braque Hesselink: Qur’anic Institutions in Islamic Society

In Islamic society, ethics are not simply a contrived social construct. They embody an aspect of the Divine—as such, those who adhere to the Qur’an’s teachings are not simply being held accountable by worldly authorities, but by God. Social virtues possess sacred value in Islamic communities, giving them a cosmic significance that elevates them above(…)

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Braque Hesselink: A Commentary on Qur’anic Eschatology

Braque Hesselink: A Commentary on Qur’anic Eschatology

In the broad expanse of human existence, we find ourselves questioning our own, relatively minute lives in the sea of humanity. We feel ourselves tossed hopelessly on the tides of social change, especially in contemporary America, and believe that our individual actions amount to little. But the Qur’an teaches us that a single human action(…)

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Braque Hesselink: Cosmology of the Qur’an

Braque Hesselink: Cosmology of the Qur’an

What is the role of humanity in the cosmos? Throughout history, scientific studies have attempted to ascertain the purpose of human existence, probing into the existential mysteries which continue to elude discovery. As a divine text, the Qur’an provides answers to these questions by surpassing the boundaries of human perception, offering a unique cosmological understanding(…)

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Braque Hesselink: Character of the Prophet

Braque Hesselink: Character of the Prophet

The Prophet Muhammad was a man with an intimate connection to the divine, who, of all the peoples scattered across the globe, received the privilege to be God’s messenger. But the Prophet Muhammad was not selected by chance; he possessed particular qualities of character which made him ideal to assume the role of prophet. A(…)

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