Political Philosophy

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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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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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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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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Harris Walker: Differences between East and West Asian Muslim Nations

Harris Walker: Differences between East and West Asian Muslim Nations

Differences between East and West Asian Muslim Nations A growing population of Muslims in Southeast Asia is shifting the center of the Islamic World further East. Countries such as Indonesia and Malaysia have developed strong Muslim majorities that are paramount to understanding the political and social cultures of these states. Similarly, West Asian countries with(…)

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Harris Walker-Wahhabism and Shi’ism

Harris Walker-Wahhabism and Shi’ism

While oftentimes the discussion of the current state of the Islamic world is centered around the tensions arising between Muslims and those who identify with other religions, there are divisions between sects within Islam that have contributed to crises in the region. One source of discord within the religion is the divide between the Shi’i(…)

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Christian Bolles: Humble Revelation: Dualism and Unity in the Islamic Worldview

Christian Bolles: Humble Revelation: Dualism and Unity in the Islamic Worldview

A thousand-year-old religion boasting a wild heterogeneity of traditions, ethics, and worldviews, Islam unites a divergent but connected network of sub-religions that draw different conclusions from the same text. These differences stem mainly from multivarious approaches to the Quran itself, and speak to the fundamental ethics of each denomination. For the purposes of this response,(…)

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Sophia Brewer Thompson: Muslim Responses to the Modernity Crisis

Sophia Brewer Thompson: Muslim Responses to the Modernity Crisis

Sophia Brewer Thompson Professor M. Jafar Mahallati RELG 275 12 October 2017 Muslim Responses to the Modernity Crisis             Recent changes in how the world operates are seen both as advancements and challenges by different people about varying aspects of this change. This presents a global crises as modernity uproots traditions and shifts the way(…)

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Leora Swerdlow: The Crises of Modernity

Leora Swerdlow: The Crises of Modernity

  Modernity, also referred to as Westernization or modern Western thought, was spread across the globe through European colonization beginning in the mid-18th century and continuing through the the 20th. This diffusion of ideas, institutions, and cultures, has posed a challenge for Muslim leaders, scholars, and communities who have responded to this cultural imposition in(…)

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Eli Hovland: Islamic Democracy in North Africa

Eli Hovland: Islamic Democracy in North Africa

One of the principle reaction to the crisis of modernity in the Muslim world has been the emergence of Islamic democracy. Islamic democracy merges the ideas of democratic governments with principles of Islamic political, moral, and legal ideals. Two examples of this trend can be found in Morocco and Tunisia. Morocco has seen a gradualist(…)

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Jorge Kalil: Muslim Influence on the European Renaissance

Jorge Kalil: Muslim Influence on the European Renaissance

Following the fall of Roman Empire in the 5th century CE, Europe entered what is known as the dark ages, a period characterized by cultural and economic deterioration. Thankfully, this eventually led to a phase of rediscovery and scientific innovation, today known as the Renaissance. Contrary to popular belief, this was only made possible due(…)

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Marina S – Response Paper #1

Marina S – Response Paper #1

Emerging from an area dominated by a network of distinct tribes, Islam served as a means of uniting a fractured population under one identity. With this result in mind, the religion was created with a deliberate understanding of the region’s culture and traditional social dynamics. And as its influence spread, a unique political philosophy took(…)

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