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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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Kendal Friendship Ambassadors’ Pottery Gifts

Kendal Friendship Ambassadors’ Pottery Gifts

Kendal has always been the house of wisdom and inspiration. Al Carroll, Joyce Parker and another friend are making Friendship Pots as free gifts for the forthcoming Seventh Oberlin Friendship Festival on April 8. This is indeed visionary. Gift giving is a great part of friendship. It is a manifestation of appreciations. And to give(…)

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Leo Hochberg: Ethics, Paradigms, and the Islamic Worldview

Leo Hochberg: Ethics, Paradigms, and the Islamic Worldview

To understand the Islamic worldview, one must first consider the primary pillar of Islam, the shahada. While the profession of faith appears simple, comprehending its deeper meaning requires an explanation of its underlying notion, tawhid – the Unity of God. The most accurate description of tawhid’s relationship with Islam to be found in available source(…)

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Reactions by the Alem-i Mümin

Reactions by the Alem-i Mümin

 Reactions from the Alem-i Mümin   Our readings and class discussion in the last weeks revolved around intrareligious interactions, especially involving the Muslim community’s responses to outside stimuli. And especially our fierce brainstorming in class when we personnally experienced overlapping master narratives revealed to me how significantly single stories can dominate/disrupt knowledge.  Our attempts to(…)

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Indrani Kharbanda: Key Qualities in Muslim Interfaith Relations and Societies

Indrani Kharbanda: Key Qualities in Muslim Interfaith Relations and Societies

The most significant traits of pre-modern Muslim interfaith societies were spiritualism, tolerance and openness, and intellectual exchange and academia. These values helped the Muslims and the cultures that lived beside them create vibrant and prosperous societies that were not beset by interreligious infighting or uprisings.   One of the main components in Muslim interfaith relations(…)

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Leo Hochberg: Islam and the Progression of Science

Leo Hochberg: Islam and the Progression of Science

Islam and the Progression of Science “The importance of this ‘Muslim’ or ‘Arab’ science to the general progress of culture is beyond question, and much evidence of it can be adduced,” (Holt, 742). A great number of scholars can attest that much of the foundation for modern science, be it optics, astronomy, medicine, mathematics, literature, physics,(…)

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Sarah J. Williams: Aspects of the Prophet Mohammad’s Leadership in the Early Muslim Community

Sarah J. Williams: Aspects of the Prophet Mohammad’s Leadership in the Early Muslim Community

Sarah J. Williams September  10, 2016 First Islam Response Paper Aspects of the Prophet Mohammad’s Leadership of the Early Muslim Community There have been untold numbers of small religious movements throughout history which emerged, blossomed briefly, and died shortly after birth. Without a strong central figure, it is a struggle for a new religion to(…)

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Allah and the 10th Dimension – Derek Kiy

Allah and the 10th Dimension – Derek Kiy

45:37 وله الكبرياء في السماوات والارض وهو العزيز الحكيم And to Him belongs [all] grandeur within the heavens and the earth, and He is the Exalted in Might, the Wise. Sura 45 goes to great lengths to describe Allah’s supreme power and might over all of existence. One can use superstring theory to gain greater(…)

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Panel on: IRAN, an Ongoing Case for Conflict Resolution, With Bill Miller and Joe Elder, Oct. 3, 2014

Panel on: IRAN, an Ongoing Case for Conflict Resolution, With Bill Miller and Joe Elder, Oct. 3, 2014

The Oberlin College Peace and Conflict Studies and Community Peace Builders organized a panel discussion on “IRAN, an Ongoing Case for Conflict Resolution.” It took place on Friday Oct. 3, 2014 at Craig auditorium at Oberlin College. In addition to J. Mahallati of Oberlin College the following two panelist discussed various aspects of the history,(…)

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On US-IRAN Relations: With Ambassador William Green Miller, Islam 270, Oct. 3, 2014

On US-IRAN Relations: With Ambassador William Green Miller, Islam 270, Oct. 3, 2014

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