Journal of Academic Perspectives
Journal of Academic Perspectives

Volume 2016 No 1

Islamo-Christian Christologies, Sufic Pantheistic Monism and the birth of New Religious Movements in Nigeria

Mujahid Hamza Shitu, Umaru Musa Yar'Adua University, Katsina, Nigeria

 

Unintended Consequences: Technology Challenges to a Woman's Reproductive Right to Choose

Pamela S. Katz, The Sage Colleges, US

 

The Natural Religion and Moral Theology in the "Tian" of the Shujing: From Theocracy to Meritocracy

Yih-hsien Yu, Tunghai University, Taichung, Taiwan

 

Women and Hadith: A Thematic Study

Nur Saadah Khair, University of Birmingham, UK

 

The Impact of Religion in Processes Aimed at Achieving Lasting Peace with Sustainable Development: the Colombian Case Study

Carlos Alberto Baena López, Association Miraisme® International, Switzerland

 

Islamo-Christian Christologies, Sufic Pantheistic Monism and the birth of New Religious Movements in Nigeria

Mujahid Hamza Shitu, Umaru Musa Yar'Adua University, Katsina, Nigeria

Islam and Christianity tend to have conflicting perceptions about the person of Christ despite his recognition in both traditions. In Christianity, Jesus is part of a Triune God and the son of God the father. Islam rejects the sonship and deification of Christ and sees it not just as anthropomorphism, but as a desecration of God and blasphemy. Many Sufis in their states of ecstasy made the pronouncement, which could be perceived as confirmation of Christian beliefs. These pronouncements are rooted in the Sufic theory of al-Fanā (annihilation) in which a Sufi ends in a state of union with God, he seizes to exist, while existence belongs to Allah alone. This explains Jesus’ annihilation into the ultimate reality and forming part of it. The resuscitation of Tarbiya in the reformed Tijaniyy
Shitu_M.pdf
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Unintended Consequences: Technology Challenges to a Woman's Reproductive Right to Choose

Pamela S. Katz, The Sage Colleges, US

It is not unique to our moment in history to face technologies that we are unprepared to handle. In the 15th century, there was a terrible outcry when the first rifles were made in Spain. The clergy, among others, met the first automobile built in Germany in 1885 with condemnation. In recent history, the practical applications of scientific inventions such as the cotton gin and motor car led to economic and social changes, which required contentious political and legal responses. The advent of the telephone, radio, television, satellite communication and the Internet changed the way we communicate and engage in democracy, for better or for worse.
Today, we are in the midst of trying to adjust to the explosion of medical technologies. Kidney transplants beginning in the 1960s, heart transpl
Katz_P.pdf
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The Natural Religion and Moral Theology in the "Tian" of the Shujing: From Theocracy to Meritocracy

Yih-hsien Yu, Tunghai University, Taichung, Taiwan

Shang-shu or the Book of Ancient History has long been taken as the oldest record of Chinese history, dating from the 20th Century B.C. about the time of Emperor Yao (c2600 B.C.). It is composed of a series of political documents said to be issued by Yao, Shun, Yu, and the rulers and sagacious officials of Hsia, Shang, and Chou, and, therefore, can be regarded as a source book of political philosophy and history. It is also worth noting that the term “Tian” or “Heaven” in the Shangshu, a character implying both nature and personal God, indicates an original form of natural religion and morality theology that bears great significance to any rationalized and humanized religion. There are also the terms “Tianzhi” (Heavenly Order) and “Tianxu” (Heavenly Precepts) referring to b
Yu_Y.pdf
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Women and Hadith: A Thematic Study

Nur Saadah Khair, University of Birmingham, UK

A thousand years ago, women had a significant role in preserving Hadith of the Prophet and were reported to have had little problems in narrating Hadith, compared to men. Women at that time had equal rights to learn from the Prophet and their contributions to the study of Hadith are something that needs to be acknowledged and appreciated. As a thematic study, this paper aims to address two important themes: first, women who narrated Hadith and second, narrations of Hadith related to women. This paper analyses types of interest among those influential women who were involved in the narration of Hadith, and simultaneously examine the content of Hadith related to women’s issues, which were interpreted either positively or negatively. Furthermore, this paper will explore if there is gender b
Khair_N.pdf
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The Impact of Religion in Processes Aimed at Achieving Lasting Peace with Sustainable Development: the Colombian Case Study

Carlos Alberto Baena López, Association Miraisme® International, Switzerland

Considering the existence of various conflicts, that in one way or another have deeply penetrated the economic, social and political arteries of many countries, it is necessary to study the linear relationship of religion and its social contribution in peacebuilding and human development in conflict settings, such as that of Colombia.
The theoretical analysis proposed is based on the recent declarations of the Secretary-General of the United Nations, who states: “There can be no peace without development, no development without peace and neither can be achieved without full respect for human rights and the rule of law.” Therefore, the construction of a conceptual framework for religion and peace is studied, including the study of cases that sustain the relationship mentioned above and
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