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Jackson Zinn-Rowthorn: Conflicting Notions of Islam in Modernity

Jackson Zinn-Rowthorn: Conflicting Notions of Islam in Modernity

Jackson Zinn-Rowthorn RELG 272 Response Paper 6 Conflicting Notions of Islam in Modernity In the increasingly secular landscape of contemporary global society, institutions of religion must make an existential choice: tweak outmoded doctrines and practices to adapt to modernity, or stand steadfast in the face of great change and try to force modernity to reverse(…)

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Jackson Zinn-Rowthorn: Reframing Narratives of Gender in the Qur’an

Jackson Zinn-Rowthorn: Reframing Narratives of Gender in the Qur’an

Jackson Zinn-Rowthorn RELG 272 Response Paper 5 Reframing Narratives of Gender in the Qur’an Islam is often criticized in Western media and discourse for championing the patriarchy and condoning the oppression of women. Such a characterization is deeply flawed, because it is rooted in an incomplete understanding of Qur’anic values and a tendency to superimpose(…)

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Beyond Justice:  Benevolence and Community in the Qur’an

Beyond Justice: Benevolence and Community in the Qur’an

Jackson Zinn-Rowthorn Response Paper 4 RELG 272 In the Qur’anic worldview, heavy emphasis is placed on the value of community, as both religiously sacrosanct, and a wellspring of comfort in this life. This preoccupation is a product of both the historical context in which Islam arose and Islamic theology itself. The cultural context of any(…)

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Jackson Zinn-Rowthorn: The Eschatology of Nearness

Jackson Zinn-Rowthorn: The Eschatology of Nearness

Jackson Zinn-Rowthorn Third Response Paper RELG 272   The Eschatology of Nearness The Qur’an makes frequent reference to the Hereafter, the mystical plane that awaits humanity on the other side of death. It is the realm of divine justice, where the sum total of a man’s wrongdoing is weighed against his piety to determine his(…)

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Jackson Zinn-Rowthorn: Context and Character of Prophet Muhammad

Jackson Zinn-Rowthorn: Context and Character of Prophet Muhammad

The basic essence of the religion of Islam is the Qur’an; the Qur’an is a product of the Prophet Muhammad’s character, functioning as a lens through which the word of God was supposedly filtered; Muhammad’s character, likewise, was a product of his time, setting, and society. Therefore we can say that any exploration into the(…)

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