Appreciations

Friendship at Dusk

Friendship at Dusk

As I am packing to leave Oberlin for overseas, I was caught by the attached scene at Avon Lake yesterday. It appeared to me with a message on friendship: At dusk, there should be no worries of the dark night because friendship continues! Thank you friends for being ever-illuminating lights in this life. J. M.

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On Friendship as the Essential Teachings of the Qur’an

On Friendship as the Essential Teachings of the Qur’an

On Friendship as the Essential Teachings of the Qur’an The Qur’an is a book of great wealth and knowledge, guiding over a billion of its followers every year towards salvation. Despite this, wars, feuds, torture, and oppression have been claimed to be justified by the text itself.[i] I propose, however, that the very elemental aspects(…)

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Alan S. Carroll: An Exemplary Career, A Paragon of Peace and Friendship Making

Alan S. Carroll: An Exemplary Career, A Paragon of Peace and Friendship Making

My Mini Bio V3 Alan (Al) S. Carroll May 15, 2018   This “Mini” bio is being written at the request of Oberlin College Professor Mohammad Jafar Mahallati so that his students in Shiraz, Iran will realize the unusual mixture of students in his Oberlin College classes on Friendship and Islam. It is “Mini” in that(…)

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Introduction to the Qur’an, Spring 2018: A Formulation for Best-Best Relations

Introduction to the Qur’an, Spring 2018: A Formulation for Best-Best Relations

Iam teaching this course (RELG 272) for ten years now. Every year, thanks to fresh intellectual space that the course enjoys because of new students, together, we discover new layers of meaning in our Qur’anic studies. One specific theme that came up this year was what I call the Qur’anic formulation of applied friendship. It(…)

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On the many Exegesis of the Qur’an

On the many Exegesis of the Qur’an

On the many Exegesis of the Qur’an Despite being the direct word of God, the Qur’an has continued to be interpreted by human scholars across a wide range of factors. Some believe the text should be understood by the prophet Muhammad’s own action, while yet others herald the tradition set over the last 1300 years.(…)

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The Oberlin Friendship Festival: April 8, 2018

The Oberlin Friendship Festival: April 8, 2018

Our Friendship Festival was a great occasion this year. It is now almost a decade-old tradition. America is still number one arms exporter to the world. If we do not have the power to stop exporting fire to the world, Oberlin should be proud that it is a friendship exporting city.  Thanks to Oberlin Friendship(…)

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Mahallati: The Best Course I ever Taught

Mahallati: The Best Course I ever Taught

A Sincere thank you note to all my 16 students at Friendship: Perspectives in Religion, Politics, Economics and Arts. What a lovely journey with you guys. I discovered in each of you an ambassador of friendship wherever you go. I remember you for ever.  

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My Blood Brothers and Sisters by Al Carroll

My Blood Brothers and Sisters by Al Carroll

10-May-2018       I celebrate myself, and sing myself,       And what I assume you shall assume,       For every atom belonging to me as good belongs to you. -Walt Whitman, “ Song of  Myself,” 1855                    I am proud to be an American My fore mothers and fore fathers of long ago were white, Anglo-Saxons(…)

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To Al Carroll, the Oberlin Paragon of Peacemaking

To Al Carroll, the Oberlin Paragon of Peacemaking

On May 3rd. 2018, Al Carroll an emeritus professor who has become a paragon of peacemaking in Oberlin received an art gift with is name in Persian calligraphy reading: “To our Great Friend Al Carroll.” Many students and all members of the Oberlin Friendship Circle and PACS wrote appreciation notes in the back of the(…)

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Writing on Friendship Under the Chainsaw of Time

Writing on Friendship Under the Chainsaw of Time

Life is short. We are all under the chainsaw of time. Lets spend the rest of life on peace and friendship-making. Thank you Rania for inspiring this thought.

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In Search for Friendship in Arts

In Search for Friendship in Arts

On May 3, 2018, students of Friendship: Perspectives in Religion, politics, Economics and Arts experienced an inspiring tour in Allen Museum. Led by Olivia Fountain, the tour gave us an illuminating experience in search of friendship in art works.

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The Qur’an on Community, Friendship, and Forgiveness

The Qur’an on Community, Friendship, and Forgiveness

The Qur’an on Community, Friendship, and Forgiveness The Qur’an, despite being a religious text, holds the basis for many laws within Islamic states. In fact, the very nature of law and justice seems deeply intrenched in the moral code put forth by the Qur’an. The 5 pillars of Islam actively engage in this communal setting.(…)

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On the Qur’an as a Web

On the Qur’an as a Web

On the Qur’an’s moral order

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Ashley George: Beauty of a Text: Qur’anic Art

Ashley George: Beauty of a Text: Qur’anic Art

Calligraphy is not only incredibly pleasing to the eye but also filled with spiritual depth and meaning as well. Decorative Arabic words can be found painted across mosque walls, ceramic bowls, intricate digital paintings and even on the hood of a car, if you ask Professor Mahallati. This is not only to show the beauty(…)

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Sam Agnoli: On the Qur’an’s Art

Sam Agnoli: On the Qur’an’s Art

On the Qur’an Inspiring Art

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Hayley Segall: Muslims as the foundation to the European Renaissance

Hayley Segall: Muslims as the foundation to the European Renaissance

Between the 10th and 11th centuries, an Islamic renaissance flourished in which Muslim scholars and scientists elaborated on existing works and established new ideas regarding philosophy, science, literature, and faith. The depth and impact of such contributions reached beyond the borders of Arabia and the geographical origins of Islam. Through the spread of Islamic reign(…)

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