Islamic Mystic Traditions and Literature

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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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 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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Keifer Ludwig: The Linchpin of Friendship

Keifer Ludwig: The Linchpin of Friendship

The natural tensions of variance between differing schools of thought have compromised relationships, driven entire nations against one another, and indeed, altered the course of history. Whether this tension manifests in matters as microscopic as an argument over the existence of a God between theistic and atheistic parties or matters as macroscopic as the true(…)

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Sam Agnoli: On the Qur’an’s Art

Sam Agnoli: On the Qur’an’s Art

On the Qur’an Inspiring Art

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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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Islamic Art as Visual Literature

Islamic Art as Visual Literature

Fundamental to the expression of the spiritualism of Islam is the idea that its essence rests within one’s soul. In poetry and prose, that expression is rendered in literature, a reflection of the language of scholarly discourse that has endured since the religion’s founding moments. Though the application of that scholarship has changed, the Sufi(…)

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Léo Anderson: The Role of Ethics and Ritual in Shaping Islamic Worldview

Léo Anderson: The Role of Ethics and Ritual in Shaping Islamic Worldview

The Islamic worldview is informed by the principles, ethics and the practice of Islam, in which devotional rituals are the ways that central Islamic values and ethical principles manifest themselves when put into practice in daily life. In this response paper, I will explore the relationship between the most essential Islamic ethical tenets, and how(…)

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Britta Janssen: “The Lordly Wind:” Eco-Spirituality in the Poetry of Jalāl Al-Dīn Rūmī

Britta Janssen: “The Lordly Wind:” Eco-Spirituality in the Poetry of Jalāl Al-Dīn Rūmī

“The Lordly Wind:” Eco-Spirituality in the Poetry of Jalāl Al-Dīn Rūmī The role of nature in the religion of Islam can be observed in multiple ways. Those interested in the human nature relationship can look at the way governments and religious leaders talk about the environment, or alternatively, the opposing views of dissenting non-profits and(…)

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Intersections Between Medieval Islamic Empires – Ciaran Disny

Intersections Between Medieval Islamic Empires – Ciaran Disny

Response Paper 4 Three Islamic empires dominated Asia, Africa, Eastern Europe, and of course, the Middle East. The rise of these empires all occurred during the middle ages, or the medieval age. These empires were known as the Ottoman, Safavid, and Mughal empires. Many different factors set these empires apart including the lands that they(…)

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Tate: The Islamic Worldview and God’s Omnipresence

Tate: The Islamic Worldview and God’s Omnipresence

The foundational belief in the Islamic worldview is that all things are created by God, and therefore God is present in all things. However, for all of God’s nearness, tashbih, God is almost equally defined by his undeniable distance, tanzih, from humanity and the world on account of his sheer incomprehensibility. This paradoxical nature of(…)

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Rebecca Posner: The Ethical Roles of Sharia and Sufism in the Islamic World

Rebecca Posner: The Ethical Roles of Sharia and Sufism in the Islamic World

Islam is a highly complex religion, with a long history that goes back for many centuries.  As a result, the Islamic worldview cannot be easily reduced down to a few simple concepts.  However, there are certain basic duties that every practicing Muslim is expected to adhere to.  These are known as the Five Pillars of(…)

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Mohit Dubey (Final): Of Samā’ and Sonatas

Mohit Dubey (Final): Of Samā’ and Sonatas

Of Samā’ and Sonatas: Listening in the Sufi and Western Classical Traditions Mohit Dubey Islamic Mystic Traditions and Literature Introduction             This paper intends to tackle the question of the fundamental distinctions in the intentionality of listening between the practice of Western Classical Music and the Sufi practice of samā’. Through investigating the foundational concepts(…)

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Sufism and Llewellyn Vaughn-Lee: Eiden Pospisil

Sufism and Llewellyn Vaughn-Lee: Eiden Pospisil

Eiden Pospisil 5/13/2016 Mystic Traditions and Islamic Literature Sufism and Llewellyn Vaughn-Lee From its historical roots, Sufism has often come into confrontation with traditional Islamic thought. By its nature as an esoteric individual approach to Qur’anic study, Sufism is often rejected as heretical and not based on the teachings of Muhammad. Dancing and music which(…)

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