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Exploring The Second Message of Islam

Exploring The Second Message of Islam

In the fourteen centuries since Muhammad received his first prophetic revelation, his followers are still trying to figure out how to best follow his religion. There are multitudes of exegesis, ranging from Fundamentalist to Traditionalist, Reformist to Non-essentialists. One Utopian Reformist exegesist named Mahmoud Mohammad Tahan claimed to have rediscovered the core meaning of Islam(…)

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Spectrum of Exegesis

Spectrum of Exegesis

Fourteen centuries after Muhammad received his first prophetic revelation, his followers are still trying to figure out how to best follow his religion. There are multitudes of exegesis found in the commentary genre called tafsir which form a strict-lenient spectrum from Fundamentalist to Traditionalist, Reformist to Non-essentialists. These varied readings are polarizing but united in(…)

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Friendship, Justice and Forgiveness in the Qur’an

Friendship, Justice and Forgiveness in the Qur’an

One could look at the Qur’an as a religious text, brimming over with words of God while their neighbor looks at it as a manual on how to develop community, and they would both be correct. In fact, through its divine revelations, the Qur’an gives readers an idea of how to institutionalize a religious moral(…)

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Qur’anic Eschatology

Qur’anic Eschatology

The Qur’an stands out from other religious texts for many reasons, such as its cyclical storytelling and seemingly disorganized chronology but one of the most obvious difference is its very in depth discussion of eschatology. The topic of the End of Days can be broken up into a few different subsections such as final destinations(…)

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Anthropocentric Morality

Anthropocentric Morality

When one attempts to look at the moral order of a religion, one must first look at its cosmology and what it posits as the center of the universe. With the Qur’an this means looking at the creation of the world and the creation of man, and how those two agents interact with one another.(…)

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The Qur’an as a Source of Artistic Inspiration

The Qur’an as a Source of Artistic Inspiration

There is a hadith that is often quoted by Islamic artists: “God is beautiful and He loves beauty.” This is to say that if you are creating art, then you are doing something Godly, or at least something that will connect one with God.  One could say that the intentions of Islamic art is to(…)

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Jonah Gelfand: The Character of the Prophet

Jonah Gelfand: The Character of the Prophet

There are few figures who have altered history quite as much as the Islamic prophet Muhammad. Through his divine revelations, Muhammad was able to alter the religious and political landscape of not only Arabia, but the whole world. But what were his qualifications for his prophethood and subsequent political leadership? This essay will argue that(…)

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