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International Friendship

International Friendship

Before talking about friendship on an international level, peace—both positive and negative—first needs to be addressed. As we’ve talked about in class several times, peace is general defined by lack of war not be existence of friendly relations. Oelsner calls this positive and negative peace. Negative peace is defined by the absence of war (the(…)

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Friendship in Music

Friendship in Music

Since music classes in elementary school, music has enhanced my life and my friendships. It began in choir where there was no instrument required, only a passion for singing Christmas songs to please our parents. In middle school I moved on to playing the trombone and that’s where I began to fall in love with(…)

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Better Together

Better Together

The Loing Canal at Moret Alfred Sisley In looking around the galleries at the Allen, I was drawn to this Sisley piece because it made me smile. After a few minutes, I realized that it was, in part, because I could easily imagine myself at that very canal. Though I haven’t been to Loing Canal,(…)

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Will Jacobsen: Building Communities through Friendship

Will Jacobsen: Building Communities through Friendship

Building Communities through Friendship How is friendship beneficial in building a sense of community? What can friendship do to aid in assimilation for immigrants? A seizure of power by nativist, Right-wing politicians has brought immigration back into the forefront of American politics. Similar waves of nationalism and xenophobia have hit across the world as conservatives(…)

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Benefits of a Daoist Approach to Friendship in Death and Grieving

Benefits of a Daoist Approach to Friendship in Death and Grieving

Mary Brody Professor Mahallati Final Paper May 19th, 2018 One of the hardest facts of friendship to fully realize is the inevitable permanent loss of a friend through death. Losses are named as such because we feel as though an essential part of us is being stripped away indefinitely and will only be looked back(…)

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Many, Together: Pluralism in the Qur’anic Verse

Many, Together: Pluralism in the Qur’anic Verse

In the 2016 US Presidential election, there was a considerable amount of negative rhetoric about Muslims from the Republican ticket. It was the continuation of building discrimination and fear that began in earnest after the events of September 11, 2001, and has impacted the lives of millions of American Muslims in the almost two decades(…)

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Alejandra Diaz: Muslim Feminism

Alejandra Diaz: Muslim Feminism

For decades, Muslim women have questioned the treatment of women in Muslim societies. A fight for larger equality between both sexes has prompted many renown scholars to not only fight for equality in the secular domain but also religious one. On March 18, 2005, Amina Wadud famously led a mixed congregation in a Friday prayer(…)

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Setting Foundations for Friendship

Setting Foundations for Friendship

  Before institutionalization of friendship happens at an international scale, friendship first needs to develop on a national level. The world is more interconnected than ever but as a result, it seems like America is becoming more divided. Sweeping generalizations about entire countries are made. For example, claims that China is stealing American jobs overseas(…)

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Common Grounds of Friendship

The common conceptual grounds of friendship in the traditional perspectives of Iranian, Christian and Secular traditions is the emphasis on community as well as the concept of friendship as a method of cultivating virtue. Friendship cannot be talked about without community, perhaps that goes without saying, but community is not necessarily friendship but friendships are(…)

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God and Friendship: A Message from Topkapi

God and Friendship: A Message from Topkapi

This image was just sent by Hossein, a visitor to Topkapi museum in Istanbul. The master work of calligraphy says: “God is the Lord of Success, and He is Such a Blessing Friend!”    

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Sufism, the Qur’an, and Islam

Sufism, the Qur’an, and Islam

Clio Schwartz RELG 272 Introduction to the Qur’an Professor M. Jafar Mahallati 05/14/2018   Sufism is an Islamic form of worship that is well-known for its mysticism and Persian poetry and thus often decontextualized from Islam. Nonetheless, Sufism is very Muslim. The Qur’an is the Sufi holy text, and Mohammed the Last Prophet. Sufism was(…)

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Contemporary Qur’anic Perspectives

Contemporary Qur’anic Perspectives

Clio Schwartz RELG 272 Intro to the Qur’an Professor M. Jafar Mahallati 05/11/2018   In Islam, the Qur’an is taken as the direct word of God, transcribed as dictated from Mohammed, the last prophet. Every Muslim holds the Qur’an in highest esteem. Nonetheless, as in many religions, there are many ways to interpret the Qur’an,(…)

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The Modern Qur’an: Exegesis in Contemporary Society

The Modern Qur’an: Exegesis in Contemporary Society

In 610CE, the Prophet Muhammad began to deliver the revelations of the Qur’an.1 The world to which he was speaking a century and a half ago is vastly different from the world in which we live today, in essentially every aspect of life, but particularly in values, morals, and ideas of rights and equality. This(…)

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Exegesis: Deena Zaki

Exegesis: Deena Zaki

    It is important to remember that exegesis is a critical explanation and interpretation of a text understood by a scholar and it is not Divine explanation. The Qur’an says, “It is He who has sent down to you, [O Muhammad], the Book; in it are verses [that are] precise – they are the(…)

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Response to Marc Chagall: In the Mountain by Keifer

Response to Marc Chagall: In the Mountain by Keifer

This painting is a good depiction of friendship for numerous reasons. First of all, and I don’t think this has been covered thoroughly enough in class, I believe there is a good degree of physical affection. Though the man and the woman cling to each other, this seems to be more of a platonic moment(…)

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Acts of Friendship on Display

Mel Bochner (American, b. 1940) Counting (1-100) with 5 Writing Instruments on Ellen Johnson’s Table, drawn in Ellen Johnson’s guestbook, 1972 Ink on paper On display at the Allen Memorial Art Museum of Oberlin, Ohio   The making of this piece itself seems to have been an act of friendship, a shared moment.  As viewers,(…)

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