Islamic Civilization

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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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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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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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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Ashley George: Beauty of a Text: Qur’anic Art

Ashley George: Beauty of a Text: Qur’anic Art

Calligraphy is not only incredibly pleasing to the eye but also filled with spiritual depth and meaning as well. Decorative Arabic words can be found painted across mosque walls, ceramic bowls, intricate digital paintings and even on the hood of a car, if you ask Professor Mahallati. This is not only to show the beauty(…)

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Ashley George: Prophet Muhammad, The Beloved of God

Ashley George: Prophet Muhammad, The Beloved of God

The character of the Prophet Muhammad is evident through the verses of the Qur’an as well as the hadith, or stories passed down depicting his experiences and lessons for his followers and their descendants. Among his resume of admirable accomplishments, the Prophet of humble beginnings became a successful merchant, a beloved husband to Khadija, a(…)

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Sam Agnoli: On Muhammad’s Character and the Qur’an

Sam Agnoli: On Muhammad’s Character and the Qur’an

On Muhammad’s character  

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Environmentalism in the Quran and the Bible

Environmentalism in the Quran and the Bible

“What people do about their ecology depends on what they think about themselves in relation to things around them. Human ecology is deeply conditioned by beliefs about our nature and destiny — that is, by religion” [1].   Religion inherently deals with a variety of ‘fields’, such as culture, theology, science and philosophy and through(…)

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The Clockwork Family – An Examination of Muslim Culture and Modernity

The Clockwork Family – An Examination of Muslim Culture and Modernity

Given the heterogeneity of the Muslim faith and its cultural attachments, it is intrinsically reductionist to pare its friction with modernity down to a single factor. The general unease seen in the Muslim world in reaction to the tide of paradigm-shifting trends emerging around the world — including, but not limited to, the complete autonomy(…)

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Jorge Kalil – Islam and Modernity

Jorge Kalil – Islam and Modernity

The Muslim relationship to modernity is not at all simple. When determining the sources of this disenchantment, and even the degree to which Muslims are dissatisfied with modernity, one must consider much more than religion, namely the history of the relationship between East and West, Muslim cultural history, and the specific details of modernity in(…)

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Hayley Segall: Creating a place for Islamic Modernity

Hayley Segall: Creating a place for Islamic Modernity

Muslims have been led to believe by the West that in order to achieve modernity, which is often falsely associated with civility, Islam must be left behind in pursuit of European concepts. In reality, religious scriptures within Islam have been used to achieve a modernity unique to individual Muslim communities and societies. Yet, instead of(…)

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A Link Between Empires: Methods of Establishing Legitimate Rule Among 16th Century Muslim Empires

A Link Between Empires: Methods of Establishing Legitimate Rule Among 16th Century Muslim Empires

As new dynasties erupted across the near east and central and south Asia, a new age of Islamic rule descended upon the world of the 16th century. With memories of the Umayyads and other ancient Muslim empires now faded, it fell upon idealistic rulers to take up that mantle. Three contiguous superpowers emerged: The Ottomans,(…)

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