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Friendship in Politics

Rachel Wolchok Professor Mahallati RELG 274 February 18, 2019 Friendship in Politics While political theorists in 2019 might face difficulty relating friendship to politics in our current climate, Plato and Aristotle of ancient Greece find an almost symbiotic relationship between governance and friendship. In their analyses of friendship, both thinkers reach similar conclusions; they realize(…)

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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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Al Carroll:Max Weber, Friends: Two women sitting on a bench, 1912

Al Carroll:Max Weber, Friends: Two women sitting on a bench, 1912

Gift of Joseph and Enid Bassett 1964.27 Stern Gallery? Friendship is often mistakenly considered to be a continuous source of joy.  However, in this pastel painting by Max Weber, we see another aspect of friendship.  Friends can be a comfort to each to each other in times of loss, pain or sorrow.  In this case(…)

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Arabic/Persian Calligraphy

Arabic/Persian Calligraphy

  Last week, Ms. Fatima Sarhan, our Arabic Assistant Teacher arranged a class for exercising Arabic/Persian calligraphy. It was very joyful occasion as students showed earnest interest.

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Mahallati: Friendships of Similarity and Difference

Mahallati: Friendships of Similarity and Difference

The image of this minimalist art work by Sol LeWitt brings to mind negotiations between two philosophical perspectives on friendship: the one believing that friendship forms on the basis of characteristic similarities and the more modern one held by philosophers like Schwarzenbach that advocates friendship based on difference. The art work also reflects on civic(…)

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To Al Carroll, the Oberlin Paragon of Peacemaking

To Al Carroll, the Oberlin Paragon of Peacemaking

On May 3rd. 2018, Al Carroll an emeritus professor who has become a paragon of peacemaking in Oberlin received an art gift with is name in Persian calligraphy reading: “To our Great Friend Al Carroll.” Many students and all members of the Oberlin Friendship Circle and PACS wrote appreciation notes in the back of the(…)

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Writing on Friendship Under the Chainsaw of Time

Writing on Friendship Under the Chainsaw of Time

Life is short. We are all under the chainsaw of time. Lets spend the rest of life on peace and friendship-making. Thank you Rania for inspiring this thought.

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In Search for Friendship in Arts

In Search for Friendship in Arts

On May 3, 2018, students of Friendship: Perspectives in Religion, politics, Economics and Arts experienced an inspiring tour in Allen Museum. Led by Olivia Fountain, the tour gave us an illuminating experience in search of friendship in art works.

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Friendship and Sol Lewitt

Friendship and Sol Lewitt

Sol Lewitt’s 49 Three-Part Variations on Three Different Kinds of Cubes is a great example of the expression of friendship in art, particularly abstract art. At first glance, the piece looks strange – it is a collection of three-dimensional, white structures arranged in rows on the floor. But actually, it encompasses a lot of the basic(…)

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Michael Kennedy: Reflecting on Friendship and the Gift of Art

Michael Kennedy: Reflecting on Friendship and the Gift of Art

The Loing Canal at Moret c. 1892 was a painting by Alfred Sisley (d.1899), a French impressionist. The piece first drew my eye because it reminded me of the paths by the lakefront in my hometown of Chicago. It was on those walks that I made and strengthened many friendships; for instance, I met my current(…)

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Friendship in Art

Friendship in Art

In the film Finding Nemo, a young Clown Fish (Nemo) gets separated from his father (Marlin) off the Great Barrier Reef by a scuba-diving dentist looking to expand his office aquarium. Marlin, a widowed father, is determined to find and rescue his son — even at the risk of his own life. As we see(…)

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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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Alejandra Diaz: The Qur’an as a standard of beauty in artistic creation

Alejandra Diaz: The Qur’an as a standard of beauty in artistic creation

The Qur’an is a text of incredible beauty. Its words and messages have a great influence over the art produced by Muslims. This is not only because of importance of the Qur’an as a religious text but also because of the way the Qur’an speaks about art and creation.  The importance of the text is(…)

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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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Cinema and Society in Iran: 1900s to Present

Cinema and Society in Iran: 1900s to Present

Ever since the humble beginnings of Iranian Cinema in the early 1900’s, directors have used the movie screen as a platform to make commentary on Iranian politics, religion, and everyday life. In the fifties, sixties, and seventies, Iran was one of the most prominent countries in the Middle East for cinema. After a brief decline(…)

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