Spirituality

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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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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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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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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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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RP #2: Knowing yourself through your friends

RP #2: Knowing yourself through your friends

Megan Cox RELG 274 Friendship 2 March 2018   RP #2 What elements in ethics of friendship in the Iranian, Christian, Islamic and Secular traditions may establish a linchpin between them? In other words What are the common conceptual grounds of friendship in the above perspectives?   A connecting point between the Iranian, Christian, and(…)

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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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Carlos Armstrong: An Analysis of Islamic Elements Through the Five Pillars

The fundamentals of Islam are based on a feeling of unity with God through submission to His plan and will. The key component in participating in this submission is through the religious practices of Islam, ranging from recitation of daily prayer to pilgrimage to Mecca. Because Islam is built on the idea that “people are(…)

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Ilan Ackelsberg: Elements of the Islamic Worldview

Ilan Ackelsberg: Elements of the Islamic Worldview

Over the last thousand years, the Islamic worldview has been shaped and formed by many important factors. As early as the years of prophet Muhammad, Muslim society has been shaping a very special worldview and drawing from a variety of different sources. Over the many years of Islamic scholarship and thought, Muslims have drawn from(…)

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Weaving Theologies

Weaving Theologies The Web of the Primary Tenets of Islam by Zoë Kushlefsky   The religion of Islam is one with a beautiful and dynamic history. One can learn about the worldviews and paradigms of practicing Muslims, but it is a different thing entirely to be an actual participant in the devotional rituals of the(…)

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Marina S – Response Paper #2

Marina S – Response Paper #2

Compared to others of their kind, the multiple Islamic Empires stood out for their stances on religious tolerance. The co-existence of Jewish, Christian, and Hindu minorities alongside Muslim majorities was due to the fact that Islam actively searched out common ground with these religions, and used it as a foundation for institutional tolerance. Because these(…)

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Jorge Kalil: Political and Religious Foundation of Islam

Jorge Kalil: Political and Religious Foundation of Islam

   Political and Religious Foundation of Islam   Leading up to the 7th century, the Arabian Peninsula was merely an assortment of hundreds of polytheistic tribes who lived in constant war with each other. All of this changed after Mohammad had his revelations in 610 c.e. In a matter of decades he was able to(…)

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