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Environmentalism in the Quran and the Bible

Environmentalism in the Quran and the Bible

“What people do about their ecology depends on what they think about themselves in relation to things around them. Human ecology is deeply conditioned by beliefs about our nature and destiny — that is, by religion” [1].   Religion inherently deals with a variety of ‘fields’, such as culture, theology, science and philosophy and through(…)

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Jorge Kalil- Faith and Artistic Expression in Mosques

Jorge Kalil- Faith and Artistic Expression in Mosques

Art is an incredibly diverse medium through which people can tell stories, express strong emotions, bring people together, and much more. Throughout history, religions have famously used varied forms of art in their rituals and have consequently generated their own unique styles. As these religions evolve with their art forms they begin to relate to(…)

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Jorge Kalil – Islam and Modernity

Jorge Kalil – Islam and Modernity

The Muslim relationship to modernity is not at all simple. When determining the sources of this disenchantment, and even the degree to which Muslims are dissatisfied with modernity, one must consider much more than religion, namely the history of the relationship between East and West, Muslim cultural history, and the specific details of modernity in(…)

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Jorge Kalil: Alike in Origin and Expression

Jorge Kalil: Alike in Origin and Expression

The 16th century was a flourishing period for the European continent; Portuguese explorers had rounded the tip of Africa, Francisco Pizarro had conquered the Incan empire, and Europe was well into its cultural renaissance. Things were no different for the Muslim world to the East, which experienced the rise of three great empires that thrived(…)

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Jorge Kalil: The Primacy of Community

Jorge Kalil: The Primacy of Community

“Islam stands and falls, not as one religion amongst others, but as the final religion” (Eaton). Religion, as Professor Mahallati put it, is a “philosophy of friendship”, and this is made clear in Islam through the Qur’an and Prophetic Hadith. From his early days as Prophet, Muhammad prioritized social justice and thus community cohesion, arguing(…)

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Jorge Kalil: Muslim Influence on the European Renaissance

Jorge Kalil: Muslim Influence on the European Renaissance

Following the fall of Roman Empire in the 5th century CE, Europe entered what is known as the dark ages, a period characterized by cultural and economic deterioration. Thankfully, this eventually led to a phase of rediscovery and scientific innovation, today known as the Renaissance. Contrary to popular belief, this was only made possible due(…)

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Jorge Kalil: Political and Religious Foundation of Islam

Jorge Kalil: Political and Religious Foundation of Islam

   Political and Religious Foundation of Islam   Leading up to the 7th century, the Arabian Peninsula was merely an assortment of hundreds of polytheistic tribes who lived in constant war with each other. All of this changed after Mohammad had his revelations in 610 c.e. In a matter of decades he was able to(…)

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