Friendship Studies

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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Michael Kennedy: Vulnerability and Trust Can Build International Community

Michael Kennedy: Vulnerability and Trust Can Build International Community

When I think of examples of international friendship, many examples that come to mind are dark and sinister. For example, I think about how when George H.W. Bush was inaugurated as President, the first foreign head of State he invited to the White House was Mobutu Sese Seko, the dictator of Zaire (now the Democratic(…)

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Michael Kennedy: Goodbye Anxiety, Making Room for Trust in the U.S.

Michael Kennedy: Goodbye Anxiety, Making Room for Trust in the U.S.

In my previous piece, “The Gap in American Political Philosophy and an Ethical Return,” I have argued that American political philosophy has bred antagonisms and self-interest rather than associated people through friendship. Greed and self-interest have infiltrated the highest political institutions by catering to these feelings. American democracy has increased the value of capital, which(…)

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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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Michael Kennedy: The Gap in American Political Philosophy and an Ethical Return

Michael Kennedy: The Gap in American Political Philosophy and an Ethical Return

At the contemporary moment, the people of the United States are in a period of uncertainty and deep self-reflection. While Americans have been studying and actively opposing environmental injustice, wealth inequality, personal and institutional racism, patriarchy, etc., peoples’ faith in American political institutions to address these issues is faltering. The supposed checks of democracy have(…)

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RP 3

RP 3

In looking at Mitias’ five eras of Western history, I am intrigued by the movement from Hellenic to Contemporary modes of living. While Hellenic and Hellenistic eras emphasize the essence of good as integral to individual salvation, Medieval and Modern eras put emphasis on the state, hierarchy, power dynamics, and a reverence either for religion(…)

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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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Michael Kennedy: Friendship Making Self and Society

Michael Kennedy: Friendship Making Self and Society

Over thousands of years, numerous philosophies and theologies have praised friendship as one of the highest and most necessary virtues in life. While in the contemporary age, one may envision friendship as a private, individual experience, prominent thinkers of different cultures have recognized friendship as a foundational to civilization as well. The notable similarities in(…)

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Cat Potts: Patterns of Friendship

Cat Potts: Patterns of Friendship

True friendship, I think, is much like a smile; there are variations and not everyone goes about it the same way, but when it comes down to it, the core elements are always the same, no matter who is involved.  Iranian, Christian, Islamic, and Secular views of friendship may vary when it comes to details,(…)

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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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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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Michael Kennedy: Staring into the Black Mirror and Re-assessing the Need for Friendship

Michael Kennedy: Staring into the Black Mirror and Re-assessing the Need for Friendship

In the contemporary moment, a significant portion of humanity is facing a deeply personal and paradoxical issue. Despite a globalized world with countless mediums of communication accessible at one’s finger tips, people are feeling lonelier and isolated from others. A 2014 study concluded that common mental disorders- related to mood, anxiety, and substance abuse- are(…)

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Ashley Belohlavek: Forgiving Violent False Narratives

Ashley Belohlavek: Forgiving Violent False Narratives

Over the course of this seminar, I have been forced to think very critically about a lot of complex scenarios involving forgiveness. Sometimes, forgiving someone for stealing a prized possession isn’t comparable to forgiving someone for harming you or someone you love. Who gets to decide when something is forgivable or not? Can an entire(…)

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Meeko Israel Spoken Word Poet Performance in Friendship Festival April, 8, 2017

Meeko Israel Spoken Word Poet Performance in Friendship Festival April, 8, 2017

DSCN2070 DSCN2069 DSCN2068 Meeko Israel is well know at Oberlin and beyond for his poetic and performative talents. He performed an amazing interactive friendship poem that he composed for the occasion. He engaged the whole audience of the festival with full enthusiasm. Thank you Meeko for being a permanent supporter of the festival since its(…)

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