Politics

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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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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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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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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Michael Kennedy: The Roots of Sectarian Conflict in Bahrain

Michael Kennedy: The Roots of Sectarian Conflict in Bahrain

Of the movements that gained international attention during the Arab Spring of 2011, the push for democratization and equal rights for Shi’ites in Bahrain has been one of the least successful efforts. In their textbook on the history and politics of the Middle East, William Cleveland and Martin Bunton summarize: “The forceful repression of any(…)

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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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Leora Swerdlow: Israel/Palestine

Leora Swerdlow: Israel/Palestine

There are a plethora of narratives seeking to explain the modern Palestinian-Israeli conflict. Some are rooted in religious theology and the Old Testament; others involve questions of real estate, territorial history, and concepts of nationalism[1]. The conflict is further complicated by the U.S.’s heavy involvement and unwavering support for Israel, giving the country $10.1 million(…)

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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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