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Common/Uncommon Ground in Friendship

Common/Uncommon Ground in Friendship

Daniel Weintraub   While it may take over a lifetime to define friendship, there are certain tenets that friendship scholars tend to hold on to. Is friendship about being together? Finding oneself? Finding one another? Well, yes and no, depending on where one draws their sources from. I will argue that Confucian, Hindu, Zoroastrian, Roman,(…)

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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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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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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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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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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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Meeko Israel Spoken Word Poet Performance in Friendship Festival April, 8, 2017

Meeko Israel Spoken Word Poet Performance in Friendship Festival April, 8, 2017

DSCN2070 DSCN2069 DSCN2068 Meeko Israel is well know at Oberlin and beyond for his poetic and performative talents. He performed an amazing interactive friendship poem that he composed for the occasion. He engaged the whole audience of the festival with full enthusiasm. Thank you Meeko for being a permanent supporter of the festival since its(…)

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Our Growing Oberlin Friendship Circle

Our Growing Oberlin Friendship Circle

The Oberlin Friendship Circle that is a chartered student organization has done an excellent job this year both in arranging the weekly meetings and also in the management of our exceptional festival this year. I need to express farewell to the OFC president Grover Neville and Co-Treasurer Delaviz Efterkhar who graduate this year. I have(…)

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A Note of Appreciations to All Participants to Friendship Festival 2017

A Note of Appreciations to All Participants to Friendship Festival 2017

  Greetings! I am still struggling to find the right words to express my deep appreciations for your concerted and well-harmonized efforts to make our festival magnificent. It was the best of all these years. It was beautiful, sincere, with a strong and penetrating message across all hearts. It was an exemplary and manifest occasion(…)

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Photos on the Friendship Festival

Photos on the Friendship Festival

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