Civilization

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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Ashley George: Community Through Qur’anic Values

Ashley George: Community Through Qur’anic Values

Islam is such a world-changing religion not only because it has over a billion followers, but because it brought immense new concepts of equality and justice to jahiliyya of pre-Islamic Arabia. The concepts of justice, forgiveness and friendship became increasingly vital to Arabian traditions and way of life, which is why Islam became a religion(…)

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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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Ashley George: Moral Order in an Orthopraxy

Ashley George: Moral Order in an Orthopraxy

There are so many schools of ethics in Islam that it’s hard to keep track of them all. One such school of thought is capacity ethics. This ideology says that those with a greater capacity to do good are expected to practice virtues of greater value.[1] Therefore, a virtue to an average person can be(…)

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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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RP 3

RP 3

In looking at Mitias’ five eras of Western history, I am intrigued by the movement from Hellenic to Contemporary modes of living. While Hellenic and Hellenistic eras emphasize the essence of good as integral to individual salvation, Medieval and Modern eras put emphasis on the state, hierarchy, power dynamics, and a reverence either for religion(…)

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RP #2: Knowing yourself through your friends

RP #2: Knowing yourself through your friends

Megan Cox RELG 274 Friendship 2 March 2018   RP #2 What elements in ethics of friendship in the Iranian, Christian, Islamic and Secular traditions may establish a linchpin between them? In other words What are the common conceptual grounds of friendship in the above perspectives?   A connecting point between the Iranian, Christian, and(…)

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Environmentalism in the Quran and the Bible

Environmentalism in the Quran and the Bible

“What people do about their ecology depends on what they think about themselves in relation to things around them. Human ecology is deeply conditioned by beliefs about our nature and destiny — that is, by religion” [1].   Religion inherently deals with a variety of ‘fields’, such as culture, theology, science and philosophy and through(…)

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Hayley Segall- Ayodhya: The Physical Manifestation of Interfaith Relations in India

Hayley Segall- Ayodhya: The Physical Manifestation of Interfaith Relations in India

 Introduction In the academic and political worlds, the Islamic faith and its Muslim followers are often deemed incompatible with the broader global environment. More often than not, outsiders pit Islam against concepts of reason and civility, using it as a scapegoat for socio-political problems and deeply-seated historical trauma. Yet, it seems almost impossible that conflict(…)

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Islamic Art as Visual Literature

Islamic Art as Visual Literature

Fundamental to the expression of the spiritualism of Islam is the idea that its essence rests within one’s soul. In poetry and prose, that expression is rendered in literature, a reflection of the language of scholarly discourse that has endured since the religion’s founding moments. Though the application of that scholarship has changed, the Sufi(…)

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Marina S: Response Paper #6

Marina S: Response Paper #6

Arguably the greatest obstacle to reaching a solution to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict is Israeli resistance towards peaceful negotiation and compromise. The Israeli government wants subordination, not peace, and the United States is their strongest backer. The governments of Israel and Palestine cannot continue to exist the way they do and hope to find a path(…)

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Harris Walker: False Narratives Lead to False Conclusions

Harris Walker: False Narratives Lead to False Conclusions

False Narratives Lead to False Conclusions The Israeli-Palestinian conflict is often discussed as a conflict between Abrahamic religions. This is an understandable mischaracterization, as Israel has always been an avowedly Jewish State, the Western states that support Israel are predominantly Christian, and much of the Middle Eastern backlash against Israel has developed within an Islamic(…)

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Shannon Silberhorn: Religio-Political Factors and the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict

Shannon Silberhorn: Religio-Political Factors and the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict

It is always interesting that a state that occupies most of our international political thought is only in actuality the size of Vermont; a small geographical space for the emotional space it actually occupies in the minds of Christians, Jews, and Muslims.  It is difficult to determine the actual factors that lead to such conflict;(…)

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The Clockwork Family – An Examination of Muslim Culture and Modernity

The Clockwork Family – An Examination of Muslim Culture and Modernity

Given the heterogeneity of the Muslim faith and its cultural attachments, it is intrinsically reductionist to pare its friction with modernity down to a single factor. The general unease seen in the Muslim world in reaction to the tide of paradigm-shifting trends emerging around the world — including, but not limited to, the complete autonomy(…)

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Jorge Kalil – Islam and Modernity

Jorge Kalil – Islam and Modernity

The Muslim relationship to modernity is not at all simple. When determining the sources of this disenchantment, and even the degree to which Muslims are dissatisfied with modernity, one must consider much more than religion, namely the history of the relationship between East and West, Muslim cultural history, and the specific details of modernity in(…)

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Hayley Segall: Creating a place for Islamic Modernity

Hayley Segall: Creating a place for Islamic Modernity

Muslims have been led to believe by the West that in order to achieve modernity, which is often falsely associated with civility, Islam must be left behind in pursuit of European concepts. In reality, religious scriptures within Islam have been used to achieve a modernity unique to individual Muslim communities and societies. Yet, instead of(…)

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