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Rubin, Perry Final Paper: Navigating the intersection of the corporeal and spiritual in Sufism

Rubin, Perry Final Paper: Navigating the intersection of the corporeal and spiritual in Sufism

  I believe it is fair to say all religions are, in some way, preoccupied with the intersection of corporeality and spirituality. Faiths, internationally, often times disavow the body and its various functions as confining and inherently at odds with the quest for enlightenment, which is seen as non-temporal. Sufism proposes a model of thinking(…)

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Rumi’s Masnavi by Perry Rubin

Rumi’s Masnavi by Perry Rubin

Rumi’s Masnavi is an epic poem concerned with how to be in love and total consecration with God. The text is made up of couples, anecdotes and stories that combined the Quaran, specific hadiths and tales from daily life. The Masnavi is widely considered to be Rumi’s masterpiece and he composed verses until the end(…)

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Sufism and Modernity by perry rubin

Sufism and Modernity by perry rubin

Although the nineteenth century was dominated by a surge of secularism, evolutionism and profane material culture proliferating thought in the public sphere Sufi theology has consistently endured these various sociopolitical climates because of the immutability of the core values addressed and adaptable nature of practice. Through islam one is about to address fundamental elements of(…)

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Historical and Social Causes of the Mystical Approach

Historical and Social Causes of the Mystical Approach

  Different external and internal factors can catalyze a realization or shift in thinking that has lead many to take a mystical approach to religion. This phenomenon can occur on a personal and societal level. Famous figures and saints have found mysticism because of unique divine encounters but large scale conversions can often be seen(…)

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Role Model’s and Mentors in Muslim mystical world view

Role Model’s and Mentors in Muslim mystical world view

An important part of the Muslim mystical world view is to have a rich understanding of the historical background and progression of practices with a particular emphasis on understanding the life of those figureheads who best exemplified Sufi ideals. The Quran insists on the importance of studying roll models, chiefly The Prophet Muhammad, in pursuing(…)

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Perry Rubin: Islamic Worldview

Perry Rubin: Islamic Worldview

  Islamic worldview is characterized by a unique and intentional positionality to ones surroundings. The Five Pillars of Islam in conjunction with hadiths and familial values contribute to a holistic practice that is specific to each individual but uniform in principal. The Five Pillars of Islam are faith and belief in one God and Muhammad,(…)

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Perry Rubin: Islamic contributions to the European Renaissance

Perry Rubin: Islamic contributions to the European Renaissance

The European Renaissance was precipitated by innumerable philosophical, intellectual and artistic contributions of Islamic society. The resurgence of interest in Greek philosophy was encouraged through study by Muslim scholars, during the period of Abbasid rule, which lead to the revival of many classical texts. The concept of teaching religious international law was appropriated from the(…)

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Perry Rubin: Chapter 19 response “Maryam”

Perry Rubin: Chapter 19 response “Maryam”

The 19th chapter of the Quran, entitled Maryam, elaborates on many stories present in both the Bible and Torah to underscore or expand on particular moral contentions. Three themes stuck out in particular; Jesus is not the son of God, Idol worship is a Sin and one’s actions/faith now will determine their fate on the(…)

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