Ethics

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: Tides of Change in Islamic Exegeses

Ashley George: Tides of Change in Islamic Exegeses

Like all other religions, Islam has several school of ethics as well as exegeses, theories meant to determine interpretation of the Qur’anic text and how to implement these values into society. Exegeses held by different countries can be seen based on the laws they establish in their Shari’a. The different groups of exegeses we have(…)

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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 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: Paradise or Hellfire; It’s Your Choice

Ashley George: Paradise or Hellfire; It’s Your Choice

Al-Ghazali theorizes that Paradise is like a piece of land. Whatever you do in this life will determine what that piece of land looks like once you’ve reached the afterlife.[1] If you do mostly good deeds in this life and strive for peace and harmony amongst your neighbors, your piece of land could be something(…)

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Companionship; On the Eschatology of the Qur’an

Companionship; On the Eschatology of the Qur’an To be a member of the Islamic faith, one must carry three core beliefs: That there is only one God, that Muhammad is the prophet of God, and that an afterlife exists. The first two beliefs rely heavily on the tangible, living world. One should follow Allah’s teachings(…)

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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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Evan Corey: Gaining Knowledge as Humanity’s Primary Moral Imperative in the Qur’an

Evan Corey: Gaining Knowledge as Humanity’s Primary Moral Imperative in the Qur’an

  The ethical schools by which one might examine Qur’anic morality vary wildly.  Each asks a different question of human conduct.  Although the Qur’an includes many verses to do with intent, means, and other important aspects of morality, the text is most forthcoming in the realm of duty.  The concept of wajib was created not(…)

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Michael Kennedy: The Gap in American Political Philosophy and an Ethical Return

Michael Kennedy: The Gap in American Political Philosophy and an Ethical Return

At the contemporary moment, the people of the United States are in a period of uncertainty and deep self-reflection. While Americans have been studying and actively opposing environmental injustice, wealth inequality, personal and institutional racism, patriarchy, etc., peoples’ faith in American political institutions to address these issues is faltering. The supposed checks of democracy have(…)

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Alejandra Diaz. The Quranic Moral Code as a system of compassion

Alejandra Diaz. The Quranic Moral Code as a system of compassion

The Quranic Moral order is primarily a virtue and Consequence system. Its values are reflective of both God’s qualities and humanity’s relationship with God. It acknowledges humanity’s position of privilege as a creature of free will and immense potentials. It evaluates our intention and the consequences of our actions, or the fulfillment of the potential(…)

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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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Relying on Friendship: Why Hellenic Values of Friendship Should Return to Post-Modern Life

Relying on Friendship: Why Hellenic Values of Friendship Should Return to Post-Modern Life

As Clement Akran put it in his piece on Martin Buber’s I-Thou theory, “A Critical Review of Martin Buber’s I and Thou, in light of Christian theology and Capitalism,” the nature of human existence is relational. As a species, we rely upon and are naturally drawn towards relationships with each other. But Michael Mitias, a(…)

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Keifer Ludwig: The Linchpin of Friendship

Keifer Ludwig: The Linchpin of Friendship

The natural tensions of variance between differing schools of thought have compromised relationships, driven entire nations against one another, and indeed, altered the course of history. Whether this tension manifests in matters as microscopic as an argument over the existence of a God between theistic and atheistic parties or matters as macroscopic as the true(…)

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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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Let’s Be Less Suspicious of Friendship in Politics – and in Academia

             No one in the modern West is a more eloquent lamenter of unjust bias than Malcolm Gladwell, who in his Revisionist History series digs into the counterintuitive inconsistencies behind conventionally-accepted history and wisdom.  In “The Prime Minister and the Prof,” an episode about “the friendship that changed the course(…)

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Response Paper 1: Friendship in Theory

Response Paper 1: Friendship in Theory

Megan Cox RELG 274 Friendship: Perspectives 15 February 2018   Response Paper 1: “Why do we Need Academic Studies of Friendship in Post-Modernity and how Revisiting Ancient Philosophers on Friendship Can Help these Studies?”   In completing the readings and participating in course discussion, I have become engrossed with the intricacies, relationships, and even inconsistencies(…)

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