Theology

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Ashley George: Prophet Muhammad, The Beloved of God

Ashley George: Prophet Muhammad, The Beloved of God

The character of the Prophet Muhammad is evident through the verses of the Qur’an as well as the hadith, or stories passed down depicting his experiences and lessons for his followers and their descendants. Among his resume of admirable accomplishments, the Prophet of humble beginnings became a successful merchant, a beloved husband to Khadija, a(…)

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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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Sophia Brewer Thompson: The Wahhabi-Shi’i Encounter

Sophia Brewer Thompson: The Wahhabi-Shi’i Encounter

Sophia Brewer Thompson Professor Mohammad Jafar Mahallati RELG 275 30 October 2017 The Wahhabi-Shi’i Encounter      Coexistence between opposing groups who each hold different areas of power yet again pose a unhealthy standstill. Wahhabism has encountered Shi’ism in a tension-filled, religio-political relationship. To understand potential solutions to this encounter, the root causes of the(…)

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