Civilization

Alex Scheitinger: Competitive Friends (Final Paper)

Alex Scheitinger: Competitive Friends (Final Paper)

Anyone who knows me well would be reluctant to associate sports with me. Music, movies, and theatre: those are the domains which readily come to mind, but sports? The relationship is questionable to say the least. Indeed, I have always been insecure in my place in the athletic realm. At an early age I participated(…)

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Alex Scheitinger: Contemporary Philosophy and the Return to Friendship

Alex Scheitinger: Contemporary Philosophy and the Return to Friendship

In his groundbreaking book Friendship: A Central Moral Value philosopher Michael H. Mitias traces a genealogy of paradigms which has left the value of friendship noticeably absent from modern philosophy, theology, and discourse in general. Paradigms, which Mitias describes as the conceptual frameworks which fundamentally guide the behaviors and attitudes of human beings, evolve over(…)

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Justice and Freedom: Can they exist alongside friendship?

Justice and Freedom: Can they exist alongside friendship?

Rachel Wolchok Professor Mahallati RELG 274 March 16, 2019   Moral Paradigm Shifts for a more Friendship-centered World   In his book Friendship: A Central Moral Value, Michael Mitias explores the ideals crucial to societies in the Medieval, Renaissance, and Modern times in the context of friendship. This analysis illustrates the gradual shift away from(…)

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Friendship in Politics

Rachel Wolchok Professor Mahallati RELG 274 February 18, 2019 Friendship in Politics While political theorists in 2019 might face difficulty relating friendship to politics in our current climate, Plato and Aristotle of ancient Greece find an almost symbiotic relationship between governance and friendship. In their analyses of friendship, both thinkers reach similar conclusions; they realize(…)

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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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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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