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Faith Healing in Christianity and Islam:  A Comparative Analysis

Mark Alan Caudill, (2015)

Faith healing occupies a netherworld between religion, science, and magic.  Its validity and efficacy long have been the subject of debate, and this study—while briefly examining the claims of proponents and opponents—does not take sides in the controversy.  Rather, it explores the development and modalities of faith healing as manifested in Christianity and Islam and compares them with the aim of drawing inferences about commonalities and differences. READ MORE

Monotheism and Society; Analysis and Discussion of the Impact of Monotheism on Society; The relationship between Beliefs and Behaviors

Ahmed Mohammed, (2016)

The relationship between Religion (and Religiosity) and behaviors has a significant attention in literature particularly at domestic and social levels. Yet the effect of religious beliefs on human being behavior as a universal and generalized theory in a form like ‘Ethical Monotheism’ and ‘Ethical Virtue’ has not been maturely developed, notwithstanding the vast amount of literature on the subject of behaviors. This is perhaps doing badly to religions, especially that we know that such subject is historically investigated by psychologists who are commonly known to be less religious, and at many times enemies to religiosity. READ MORE

The Implied Audience in Yūsuf: An analysis of literary techniques in sūrah twelve of the Qur’ān

Alishba Khaliq, (2016)

The following study uses the literary framework of the implied reader developed by Wolfgang Iser (1972) to examine how the text of the twelfth chapter of the Qur’ān uses literary techniques to affect and instruct its implied audience. The focus here is on the literary techniques employed in the text, the effects they can have on a hypothetical audience and the potential responses that they invite from this audience. READ MORE

A Theoretical Comparison of Happiness from an Islamic and Western Perspective: Tunisian Case Study

Dione Rupert, (2016)

This paper demonstrates the philosophy underlying Western human rights and Islam are able to co-exist. This is completed by questioning the theoretical concept of natural rights against the classical concept of Islamic law. Along with the value of human dignity in both Western human rights and the Quran. Following which, the modern Western concept of human security is evaluated in its role together with human rights. READ MORE

“The Qur’an says…”: An Examination of the Selective Use of Translations of the Qur’an

Cathy Jane Harrison, (2013)

The focus of this paper lies in an examination of the possibility of websites choosing specific English translations of the Qur’an that best express their individual views on Islam. The specific focus is the diverse translations of Qur’an 4:34, and it is argued that they exist as parallel discourses between their translators and readers, in effect each representing a unique ‘Qur’an 4:34’ to their English users. READ MORE

The Problem of Muslimness: Reconsidering the Theology of Inclusion-Exclusion in Muslim Thought

Reihaneh Haghbin, (2016)

In this research the problem of Muslimniss is articulated and a solution to it is suggested. The problem of Muslimness is, simply put, who is Muslim? The exclusive and inclusive theologies of Muslimness will be surveyed and then it will be suggested that the process-oriented concept of belief rather than a product-oriented concept and a minimal definition of Muslimness (Muslims is the one who considers oneself as Muslim) might be a cogent solution to the problem of Muslimness. READ MORE

Overlapping Sacred Spaces: Islam, Pluralism and the Hegemony of ‘Human Rights’

Michael Arnold, (2014)

The focus of this research is the conceptualization of religious minorities in Islamic thought, the relationship of ‘human rights’ to religious freedom and pluralism, and the features of the Islam – human rights discourse as they relate to religious liberty and minority rights and explores the potential of an alternative to the human rights approach to pluralism and religious freedom based on Islamic universalism identified in the dissertation as ‘overlapping sacred spaces’. READ MORE


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