Friendship Studies

Yasemin Beykont: Tony Blair and Apology in Politics (Bilgi University, Istanbul)

Yasemin Beykont: Tony Blair and Apology in Politics (Bilgi University, Istanbul)

In our Comparative Politics lesson in Istanbul Bilgi University Professor Mohammad Mahallati gave us a lecture about ethics of war, forgiveness and friendship. It was a great, inspirational lecture that taught us lots of things about religion’s role in making of war, standard paradigms like democracy, human rights and free market’s role in peacemaking etc.(…)

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Sarah Hasan: War, Ethical? (Bilgi University, Istanbul)

Sarah Hasan: War, Ethical? (Bilgi University, Istanbul)

  Class of Comparative Politics with Professor Mohammad Jafar Amir Mahallati truly educated and enhanced my thinking in many important ways. Strategic peace is derived theoretically through the importance and the very existence of democracy, human rights and the free market ideology. However it is also well known that war is as old as humanity(…)

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Selen Şen: Institutionalizing Peace in International Relations (Bilgi University, Istanbul)

Selen Şen: Institutionalizing Peace in International Relations (Bilgi University, Istanbul)

Today, in the lecture of Comparative Politics Mohammad Jafar Amir Mahallati who is currently Presidential Scholar in Islamic Studies at the Religion Department of Oberlin College, gave me an impression about the concept of peace and peacemaking by institutionalize the concept of peace. Three elements of peace are really important for understanding how religion plays(…)

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Peace and Conflict Studies Endowed Chair: A Road to Friendship Building on the Oberlin Campus

Peace and Conflict Studies Endowed Chair: A Road to Friendship Building on the Oberlin Campus

  With this money I would turn to the Oberlin community and invest it into expanding and deepening the Peace and Conflict Studies Concentration. Having a more developed and prominent PACS concentration that focus on elements of religious, cultural, racial, political, ideological, and gender based conflicts resolution can allow Oberlin students to be better prepared(…)

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Vishnu Neppala: Islamic Art

Vishnu Neppala: Islamic Art

My favorite religious art is that which extolls beauty but at the same time a sense of greater understanding which transcends religion and ideologies. Islamic art immediately comes to mind because of it’s rich history and the amazing color palettes which usually accompany it. Islam is interesting because of the way art has been an(…)

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Friendship Day Resolutions: Oberlin Mayor and City Council, Elyria Mayor

Friendship Day Resolutions: Oberlin Mayor and City Council, Elyria Mayor

Thanks to Sharon Soucy, the vice president of the Oberlin City Council, Mr. H. Scott Broadwell the president of the council and mayor of Oberlin issues the following proclamation to officiate the Oberlin Friendship Day Festival. This is the fifth year that the Oberlin City Council and our college together are making Oberlin the hub(…)

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Hassan Khaled: Friendship and Forgiveness in Islam and Beyond

Hassan Khaled: Friendship and Forgiveness in Islam and Beyond

Friendship and forgiveness are two of the most important aspects of Islam. These two concepts can be seen throughout the Quran and have implications far beyond the religion. Friendship is essential for a community to sustain itself. And community building is very important in Islam because it allows progress to occur and for shared beliefs(…)

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Gabe Salmon: Social Harmony Furthered by Potential Qur’anic Strategies of Friendship

Gabe Salmon: Social Harmony Furthered by Potential Qur’anic Strategies of Friendship

The Qur’an advances a collection of cardinal themes and strategies of righteousness to support social harmony. One such principle—proportional or redistributive justice—seeks to correct transgressions between communities. But in practice, the pursuit of “justice” is used punitively (as in lex talionis, or “an eye for an eye”, sura Q5:45) and relies on mistrust to enforce(…)

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Sophie Miller: Forgiveness & Friendship in the Qur’an

Sophie Miller: Forgiveness & Friendship in the Qur’an

  “In a society of friends, there is no need for justice, but in a society based on justice there is still need for friends.” This statement perfectly represents how impactful friendship is, both individually and within large groups. If there were more friendship between different nations and faiths, the there would be less of(…)

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Nora Catlin: Friendship in the Qur’an

Nora Catlin: Friendship in the Qur’an

Conflict resolution is the transformation of enmity into friendship, which comes from a place of deep faith. Piety is peace building. Peace is the absence of violence, and positive peace goes beyond that with the encouragement of restoring relationships and creating constructive and sustainable solutions to conflict. The Qur’an encourages active peacebuilding: don’t just avoid(…)

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Friendship Festival

Friendship Festival

Friendship Day Festival: The Fifth Annual Celebration with Food, Activities, Music, Poetry, Raffle Gifts, and Reflections Celebrating Friendship as a Pathway to Interfaith, Intercultural, and International Peace. Wednesday April 8, 4-6 pm, Cat-in-the-Cream,  Oberlin College Free and Open to all  Sponsored by: The Oberlin Friendship Circle, The Office of Spiritual and Religious Life, Religion Department,(…)

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Elijah Lawrence: Friendship & Forgiveness in the Qur’an

Elijah Lawrence: Friendship & Forgiveness in the Qur’an

The starting point in Sachedina’s discussion of friendship and forgiveness is the fact that Muslims co-exist with individuals and communities that do not share their faith. This is the essential challenge facing Islam’s in the context of a multicultural and multi-faith global society. Coexistence is possible only through forgiveness and compassion, as distinct from retaliation(…)

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Vishnu Neppala: Religious Ethics of War

Vishnu Neppala: Religious Ethics of War

From the outset, it seems a bit unusual to even have a conversation with regards to a religious ethics of war as the very concept of war seems to directly contradict the core tenets of religion: friendship, peace, and ultimately coexistence. War seems to be operating against these very notions, and is representative of disunity(…)

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Leila Mirzamani: The Sense of Friendship in Naqsh-e Jahan Square, Isfahan, Iran

Leila Mirzamani: The Sense of Friendship in Naqsh-e Jahan Square, Isfahan, Iran

How are we able to create the sense of friendship in our society? May be through friendship-based architecture. To this day, so much has been written about Naqsh-e Jahan Square in Isfahan, Iran and its incredible architecture and design, which is the most valuable art legacy of the Safavid era (1501-1736 CE). With all that(…)

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Panel on: IRAN, an Ongoing Case for Conflict Resolution, With Bill Miller and Joe Elder, Oct. 3, 2014

Panel on: IRAN, an Ongoing Case for Conflict Resolution, With Bill Miller and Joe Elder, Oct. 3, 2014

The Oberlin College Peace and Conflict Studies and Community Peace Builders organized a panel discussion on “IRAN, an Ongoing Case for Conflict Resolution.” It took place on Friday Oct. 3, 2014 at Craig auditorium at Oberlin College. In addition to J. Mahallati of Oberlin College the following two panelist discussed various aspects of the history,(…)

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