The Quran

Ashley George: Gender-Inclusive Language in Interpretations of the Qur’an

Ashley George: Gender-Inclusive Language in Interpretations of the Qur’an

When we read the Qur’an, it can become apparent that the message feels sometimes more centered towards men, simply because male pronouns are used so often when we’d think the text would refer to people regardless of gender. Many scholars have pointed this fact out, raising debate and dialogue regarding whether one ought to read(…)

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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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Exploring The Second Message of Islam

Exploring The Second Message of Islam

In the fourteen centuries since Muhammad received his first prophetic revelation, his followers are still trying to figure out how to best follow his religion. There are multitudes of exegesis, ranging from Fundamentalist to Traditionalist, Reformist to Non-essentialists. One Utopian Reformist exegesist named Mahmoud Mohammad Tahan claimed to have rediscovered the core meaning of Islam(…)

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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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Alejandra Diaz: The many messages of the Qur’an

Alejandra Diaz: The many messages of the Qur’an

There is an incredible range of diversity when it comes to approaches to the Qur’an. The different readings one can have of the Qur’an are not only due to the kinds of materials, such the Qur’an or Hadiths, but also because of the different lens exegetes use to analyze these materials. One can organize these(…)

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Introduction to the Qur’an, Spring 2018: A Formulation for Best-Best Relations

Introduction to the Qur’an, Spring 2018: A Formulation for Best-Best Relations

Iam teaching this course (RELG 272) for ten years now. Every year, thanks to fresh intellectual space that the course enjoys because of new students, together, we discover new layers of meaning in our Qur’anic studies. One specific theme that came up this year was what I call the Qur’anic formulation of applied friendship. It(…)

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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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Spectrum of Exegesis

Spectrum of Exegesis

Fourteen centuries after Muhammad received his first prophetic revelation, his followers are still trying to figure out how to best follow his religion. There are multitudes of exegesis found in the commentary genre called tafsir which form a strict-lenient spectrum from Fundamentalist to Traditionalist, Reformist to Non-essentialists. These varied readings are polarizing but united in(…)

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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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Community as Essential to Islam

Community as Essential to Islam

By Evan Corey In Islam, a Muslim’s relationship with God is inherently tied to their relationship with other Muslims.  The Qur’an clearly states throughout the importance of acting peaceably and with friendship and forgiveness towards other Muslims, especially in the context of a larger Muslim community.  Morally, to do kind acts and extend forgiveness to(…)

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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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Alejandra Diaz: The Qur’an as a framework for institutionalizing justice and forgiveness

Alejandra Diaz: The Qur’an as a framework for institutionalizing justice and forgiveness

Institutions such as the waqf and religious obligations such as the hajj are examples of how the Qur’an helps institutionalize charity and friendship.  But most importantly, the Qur’an, especially when read through the context of 8th century Arabia, provides a frame work for the creation of social institutions or present solutions to social ills. Many(…)

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Friendship, Justice and Forgiveness in the Qur’an

Friendship, Justice and Forgiveness in the Qur’an

One could look at the Qur’an as a religious text, brimming over with words of God while their neighbor looks at it as a manual on how to develop community, and they would both be correct. In fact, through its divine revelations, the Qur’an gives readers an idea of how to institutionalize a religious moral(…)

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Ashley George: Paradise or Hellfire; It’s Your Choice

Ashley George: Paradise or Hellfire; It’s Your Choice

Al-Ghazali theorizes that Paradise is like a piece of land. Whatever you do in this life will determine what that piece of land looks like once you’ve reached the afterlife.[1] If you do mostly good deeds in this life and strive for peace and harmony amongst your neighbors, your piece of land could be something(…)

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Understanding the Afterlife – Islamic Eschatology

Understanding the Afterlife – Islamic Eschatology

by Evan Corey Most elements of the afterlife lie outside of human understanding.  However, through exegesis of the Qur’an and other God-given revelations, Muslim scholars throughout the centuries have determined a vague outline of the hereafter.  The first conclusion through exegesis is that the afterlife is by nature full of overwhelming clarity.  All will be(…)

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The Quran as a Constitution

The Quran establishes justice as the foundation for community. Islam, like other Abrahamic religions, is very utopian and has a strong focus on creating an ideal society. Like Judaism, Islam goes about accomplishing this with a comprehensive legal code that covers both the mundane and spiritual equally. As a result, Quranic justice is institutionalized not(…)

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