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Luke Nikkanen: Dialogue Between Buber and Shabestari (Final Paper)

Luke Nikkanen: Dialogue Between Buber and Shabestari (Final Paper)

Luke Nikkanen RELG 373 The Divinity in Our Relationships: An Dialogue Between Buber and Shabestari The nature of Sufism is inherently social. It is a mystic practice that stresses the importance of forming meaningful relationships with others in order to uncover the true Divine nature of reality. This paper will construct a dialogue between Shabestari’s(…)

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Luke Nikkanen – Hafez, Sa’di, Rumi

Luke Nikkanen – Hafez, Sa’di, Rumi

Response Paper 7 Hafez, Sa’di, and Rumi all write about aspects of Sufi spirituality, but all approach it from their own angles. Their stylistic and narrative differences reflect their own unique positions on their relationship to God and how to best attain Sufi goals of unity with the beloved. The poems I will be reflecting(…)

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Luke Nikkanen – Spirituality, Art, and Architecture in Mosques

Luke Nikkanen – Spirituality, Art, and Architecture in Mosques

The architectural structure of mosques expresses many notions of Sufi spirituality. It also serves as a communal space, one where the individual can feel like a part of something greater, thereby dissolving the divide between the other. Being inside a mosque evokes feelings of infinity, of the insignificance of man but at the same time,(…)

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Luke Nikkanen – Three Poems from the Masnavi

Luke Nikkanen – Three Poems from the Masnavi

Response Paper #6 Rumi’s Masnavi is a dense, rich anthology of poems that all string together to express key concepts of Sufism. These concepts are expressed through a wide array of literary devices; he expresses the essences of Sufism through allegory, through narrative, through symbolism, metaphor, and wordplay. Common themes running through the many books(…)

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Luke Nikkanen – Sufism and Modernity

Luke Nikkanen – Sufism and Modernity

Response Paper #5 I believe that, now more than ever, a mystic approach to Islam is necessary. The Middle East is experiencing a period of spiritual turmoil in which militant extremism is running rampant. Furthermore, Islamophobia in the West is spreading in the face of the actions of a violent minority, perceived to be representative(…)

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Luke Nikkanen – The Four Fundamentals of Sufism

Luke Nikkanen – The Four Fundamentals of Sufism

Luke Nikkanen RELG 373 Although Sufism is a fluid and ever-changing practice that claims no agreed-upon origin and only a word-of-mouth transmission of information, I believe that it has fundamental tenants that are stressed by various Sufi masters. If I were to focus on four foundational concepts of Sufism, I would focus on the importance(…)

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Luke Nikkanen – The Shift to Sufism through Sociopolitical and Religious Approach

Luke Nikkanen – The Shift to Sufism through Sociopolitical and Religious Approach

Luke Nikkanen RELG 373 Response Paper #2 I believe the decision of some Muslims in early Islamic societies to take a mystical approach to religion stems from several sources. On a political standpoint, I believe the mystical approach was largely a response to widespread corruption and violence at the time. This prompted a need to(…)

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The Role Model in Sufi Islam

Luke Nikkanen RELG 373 The Role Model in Sufi Mysticism The importance of a role model is something that is emphasized throughout the Sufi tradition. An examination of this reflects the fundamental philosophy of Sufism as a spiritual practice that emphasizes the importance of the individual’s path to God, without conforming to larger institutions that(…)

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Institutionalizing Peacemaking

Institutionalizing Peacemaking

I propose that the million dollars be invested in the creation of local centers of faith that are for everyone. These will be special places of culture that are specifically designed for people of all religious backgrounds and races. These will be places where the transmission of art, music, and ideas will be encouraged and(…)

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Luke Nikkanen – Dada Art and Peace

Luke Nikkanen – Dada Art and Peace

The piece of art I would like to cover is Hannah Hoch’s “Cut with the Kitchen Knife Through the First Epoch of the Weimar Beer-Belly Culture, 1919”. It is a collage from the Dada movement which, by nature, was anti-war. Dada art turned its back on oppressive systems and rigid traditions and always embodied a(…)

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Luke Nikkanen: Forgiveness in Christianity and Islam

Luke Nikkanen: Forgiveness in Christianity and Islam

Both religions stress the importance of forgiveness as a tool to create a just society, one that reflects God’s ideals and the choices he has given us. I believe that we can use the principles in both Christianity and Islam as a foundation for an international society in which we are reminded of the power(…)

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Luke Nikkanen: Ethics and Religion

Luke Nikkanen: Ethics and Religion

The idea of implementing ethics in war seems like a modern construct. With the secularization of the international system in dealing with such things, religion seems irrelevant in dealing with establishing rules for just warfare. However, when viewing religion in war as the notion of carrying out the will of an all-loving, justice-dealing God, we(…)

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Luke Nikkanen: Friendship and the Changing of World Perspectives

Luke Nikkanen: Friendship and the Changing of World Perspectives

Friendship is something that I feel is widely disregarded in international politics. I find that the global system is seen as not comprised of actual people but instead as of political beings focusing on their own self-interest, their own selfish agendas. It is a lack of understanding, a feeling of being threatened by those who(…)

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