Peace Studies

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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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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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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Ashley Belohlavek: Forgiving Violent False Narratives

Ashley Belohlavek: Forgiving Violent False Narratives

Over the course of this seminar, I have been forced to think very critically about a lot of complex scenarios involving forgiveness. Sometimes, forgiving someone for stealing a prized possession isn’t comparable to forgiving someone for harming you or someone you love. Who gets to decide when something is forgivable or not? Can an entire(…)

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Ashley Belohlavek: Forgiveness: Avoiding Conflict

Ashley Belohlavek: Forgiveness: Avoiding Conflict

We have this incredibly counterintuitive phenomenon in our society where we wage war in hopes of ending conflict and establishing peace. But, isn’t that completely missing the point? Isn’t that creating even more conflict? Christian philosopher Thomas Merton laughs at this concept, as he says, “There is in reality not the slightest logical reason for(…)

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An Alternative Perspective: Why Islam Failed to Prevent Genocide

An Alternative Perspective: Why Islam Failed to Prevent Genocide

In my previous essay, “The Role of Islam in the Armenian Genocide and in Potential Armenian-Turkish Reconciliation”, I presented a case for hoe Islam acted on the side of the Armenians before and during the Armenian genocide. However, upon further research into the role of Pan-Islam, Ottomanism, and delayed nationalism, I present here an alternative(…)

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The Role of Islam in the Armenian Genocide and in Potential Armenian-Turkish Reconciliation

The Role of Islam in the Armenian Genocide and in Potential Armenian-Turkish Reconciliation

The history of Ottoman Turkey is bound so tightly to Islam that one cannot consider the 1915 genocide of two million Armenians without the factoring in the political effect of state-sponsored religion. Vahakn Dadrian claims that the Ottoman Turks established a superiority-subordination system based on the supremacy of Muslims under the law, which ultimately contributed(…)

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