Friendship Studies

Photos on the Friendship Festival

Photos on the Friendship Festival

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Proclamation: American National Friendship Day: Oberlin Mayor/President of City Council

Proclamation: American National Friendship Day: Oberlin Mayor/President of City Council

The 7th Annual Friendship Festival this year (April 8, 2017) attracted more than 150 participants including Oberlin Students, Faculty, Kendal Residents and Ambassadors of Friendship from the city, guests from Baltimore, Princeton and Baltimore, Oberlin Chamber of Commerce, Peace Church activists, Poets, artists and many more. Oberlin City Manager Mr. Robert Hillard, read the attached(…)

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Remarks at Friendship Festival From Kendal’s Ambassador of Friendship – 8 April 2017

Remarks at Friendship Festival From Kendal’s Ambassador of Friendship – 8 April 2017

By Allan Carroll Today is all about friendship: Friendship between people of different religions, different races, different nations and different economic conditions.   My self-appointed task today is to talk about friendship between people of different ages.   I along with a number of other people in Oberlin in the age range of roughly 70 to 100(…)

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Kendal Friendship Ambassadors’ Pottery Gifts

Kendal Friendship Ambassadors’ Pottery Gifts

Kendal has always been the house of wisdom and inspiration. Al Carroll, Joyce Parker and another friend are making Friendship Pots as free gifts for the forthcoming Seventh Oberlin Friendship Festival on April 8. This is indeed visionary. Gift giving is a great part of friendship. It is a manifestation of appreciations. And to give(…)

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Scott Tyson: Islamic Reservations for People of the Book

Scott Tyson: Islamic Reservations for People of the Book

Muslim interfaith relations with Christians and Jews in pre-modern societies depended on Islamic egalitarianism for “People of the Book” and spawned open intellectual, social and economic engagement in Arab cultural centers. While pluralistic conditions of early Islamic territory proved more agreeable for Jews than Christian, at large, cities in the pre-modern Islamic world were flourishing(…)

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Priyanka Sen: The things Master Narratives won’t tell you about Muslim inter-faith interactions in the pre-modern era

Priyanka Sen: The things Master Narratives won’t tell you about Muslim inter-faith interactions in the pre-modern era

In modern consciousness, interfaith relations amongst Muslims, Christians, Jews, and Hindus are undercut and often impeded by specific socio-political circumstances, much of which is tied to the continuing processes of the ‘politicisation of religion, and the sacralisation of politics’. In other words, there appears to be a significant ‘re-writing’ or ‘misrepresentation’ of the historical facts(…)

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G. Bertoni: The Sound of Forgiveness/Friendship

G. Bertoni: The Sound of Forgiveness/Friendship

By Giovanni G. Bertoni Class of 2016 This piece was mainly inspired by its title. It took a long time and thought to discover in myself a melody that would be simple yet interesting for both the musicians to play and the audience to hear. For the instrumentation, I originally thought of my middle eastern(…)

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Georgia Lederman: Respect for Particularity: A discussion on Friendship Ethics, Children’s Rights and International Law

Georgia Lederman: Respect for Particularity: A discussion on Friendship Ethics, Children’s Rights and International Law

  Respect for Particularity: A discussion on Friendship Ethics, Children’s Rights and International Law   “Everyone befriended me based on his conjecture. None ever sought from me what the secret of my heart is.”[1]   Created in 1989, the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) was produced to address an international desire to(…)

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Samir Husain – Importance of Community in Islamic Rituals

Samir Husain – Importance of Community in Islamic Rituals

Community building is a major aspect and theme of Islam and in the Quran. This can be proven using various examples in the history of Islam as well as from the way Islam is set up using its laws, rituals and pillars. From the time of the Prophet (PBUH), community and brotherhood has been an(…)

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April 8, The Sixth Annual Friendship Festival: A Full Success Thanks to…

April 8, The Sixth Annual Friendship Festival: A Full Success Thanks to…

Dear Friends, Thanks to your enthusiastic participation, the annual Friendship Festival at Oberlin became the best one compared to previous festivals. The following people deserve deep appreciations for helping the organization: Religion Department: Cindy Chapman, Brenda Hall Oberlin Friendship Circle: Grover Neville, Mohit Dubey, Helene Tiley, Toetie Zwart, and Delaviz Eftekhar Kendal: Alan Carroll and(…)

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Samir Husain – Forgiveness, Friendship and Justice(Plus?)

Samir Husain – Forgiveness, Friendship and Justice(Plus?)

The concepts of forgiveness, friendship and justice are discussed and analyzed in many ways in the Quran and in Islam in general. These are traits of God as well and, according to many scholars, are therefore attributes which should be striven for in this world in order to be treated in kind by God in(…)

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Andrew Seligson: Justice, Forgiveness, and Friendship in the Qur’an

Andrew Seligson: Justice, Forgiveness, and Friendship in the Qur’an

The Qur’an presents us with unique ways of re-articulating notions of justice, forgiveness, and friendship both within our personal lives as well as in the public sphere of politics. In this essay, I will discuss the Qur’anic concepts of justice, forgiveness, and friendship separately, and then show how they are part of a unified and(…)

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Ellie Tiley: Justice, Forgiveness, and Friendship

Ellie Tiley: Justice, Forgiveness, and Friendship

Justice, Forgiveness, and Friendship To examine how friendship relates to justice and forgiveness, it is necessary to define what friendship is. Aristotle’s Nicomachean Ethics defines friendship as an integral component of happiness and “a mode of ethics superior to justice.”[1] Forgiveness must be the foundation for friendship because a relationship based on justice would simply(…)

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Isabella Conway: Dialogue, Friendship, and Peacebuilding

Isabella Conway: Dialogue, Friendship, and Peacebuilding

The way civilizations have been documented by historians pose a threat to the relations between civilizations today. Historians tend to create and perpetuate master narratives, which are invented stories and generalizations about the past that people believe to be true (Bulliet 2). Master narratives are most often false because they do not take into account(…)

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Ayşenur Değer: Friendship, Apology and Forgiveness in Politics (Bilgi University, Istanbul)

Ayşenur Değer: Friendship, Apology and Forgiveness in Politics (Bilgi University, Istanbul)

Friendship, apology or forgiveness are not one of the first concepts that comes to mind when talking about politics. Reflexively, people tend to think about ‘’messy games’’, ‘’complex relations’’ and political actors that mind their own ‘’interests’’. It is one of the most widespread images of politics in Turkish society that politics is a ‘’dirty’’(…)

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Nancy Dye and Her Monumental Legacy

Nancy Dye and Her Monumental Legacy

 I received the very sad news about the passing away of the former president of our college Nancy Dye, a great friend, a visionary mentor and a world-class educator. May peace be upon her good soul. My friendship with her goes back to a decade before she invited me to Oberlin. She was a  courageous pioneer,(…)

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