This is one of the reasons for one of the early islamic continuing on

This is one of the reasons for one of the early

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- This is one of the reasons for one of the early islamic continuing on prohibition on living artwork - Art that represents living things - temptation to create an idol - but idols are forbidden things - As much as god is described as a one - it is a oneness that contains multitudes - God Is thought to have a variety of attributes - 99 names - various ways to describe the various traits of the divine - One of the common arguments that is used from the quranic period is that the ordedness of creation - the fact that we can see order in the cosmos - this is a sign of god's role as the creator - God’s mercy and justice o - The first way that god's mercy is understood is that human beings are given a tendency towards the divine
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- The understanding is that humans have a slight inclination towards god / being good - So when we are evil, it is contrary to this nature o - God cares about creation and thus provides a guideline for us to follow - We are creatures of god (allah) - There is an emphasis on the smallness of human beings and the smallness of our understanding o - We don't know what is going to happen tomorrow and when we are going to die o - It is implied in the qur’ran that god does know everything o - We are utterly at the mercy of god Death and the Afterlife in the Islamic Worldview - Cosmology o - Allah as the creator o - Humans as creations / creatures of god o - Human bodies and human souls - Rufs and nafs - What is the notion of the animating spirit that is moving the body of clay? - Ruf - thought to refer to the life breath - that which enlivens the material body - gives animation to the body of clay - Naf - soul - various aspects of our personalities - Complication - there are some cases where these two terms are used in later writings as if they were interchangeable terms - Morality - In addition to creating the world and human beings, god also created anorder - created a law and rules for how we should interact with each other and the world - The judgement at the end of time is based entirely on the extent to which we live
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  • Winter '17
  • Angela Sumegi
  • Islam, Sufism, Allah

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