Politics

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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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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Divine Friendship

Divine Friendship

  Rachel Wolchok Professor Mahallati RELG 274 March 1, 2019 Response Paper 2: Divine Friendship In reading religious texts and authors, I was surprised by the amount of discussion on friendship as a way to further one’s virtuous self and achieve moral integrity. While this is sensible, as religion is the constant striving to be(…)

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Daniel Weintraub: The Role of Friendship in Plato and Aristotle

Daniel Weintraub: The Role of Friendship in Plato and Aristotle

    Classical philosophers like Plato and Aristotle have contributed indelibly to political philosophy. To dissect the political values of these great thinkers, one must first look at the context with which they lived. Society in Hellenic Greece was heavily based on friendship. As a matter of fact, no other historical period emphasized friendship quite(…)

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Santiago Roman: Freedom Friendship and Cold Justice

Santiago Roman: Freedom Friendship and Cold Justice

Santiago Roman Professor Jafar Mahallati Friendship and Peacemaking February 18, 2019 Freedom, Friendship, and Cold Justice The deep running and rapid changes in the last century, instigated by a wave of technological evolutions, has radically impacted today’s western dynamics of friendship and, more recently, politics in ways that give the arguments of the classic greek(…)

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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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The Ancient Philosophers on Friendship in Politics

The Ancient Philosophers on Friendship in Politics

As Aristotle claims in his book 8 there are three kinds of political systems each distinctly based on either: kingship, aristocracy and property. In Aristotle’s mind the best of these systems was kingship and the worst property. Kingship was described as best when the king has a father-son relationship with his subjects. Aristocracy ruling relationships(…)

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Alex Scheitinger: Embracing Classical Friendship in an Era of Loneliness

Alex Scheitinger: Embracing Classical Friendship in an Era of Loneliness

The meaning of friendship espoused by Plato and Aristotle warrants a reanalysis in the twenty-first century. It can be said with some confidence that both philosophers would be appalled at the rejection of friendship throughout the modern world under the guises of national security, economic development, and most ironic, individual freedom. Indeed, the principle of(…)

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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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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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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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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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