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Why Beauty is Indispensable to the Common Good

For many, beauty is a superficial, secondary concern that, at best, provides respite from the gravitas of our world. But might there be reasons that make the cultivation of beauty essential?

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Sculpting the Self

Examining notions of selfhood and subjectivity before and in the modern period

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How Architecture Erodes—or Elevates—Our Values

Syrian architect Marwa Al-Sabouni shares her insights about why the health of our communities requires cultivating a neighborliness that respects boundaries while encouraging them to become porous.

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Courteous Exchange in an Age of Empire

Prevalent examples of courteous exchanges between differing viewpoints are sorely lacking today. Can Victorian poets, influenced by the Muslim East, show us a path to discovering our commonality?

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The Remembrance of Death as Spiritual Medicine

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How to Climb the Seven-Story Mountain

Classics by Marcus Aurelius and Farīd al-Dīn ¢Aţţār, a thousand years apart, illustrate the spiritual journey.

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The Seven Deadly Sins in the Modern World

Renovatio editor-in-chief Hamza Yusuf—conversing with scholars, leaders, and writers—explores one of religion’s most enduring conceptual frameworks, the Seven Deadly Sins.

The Harmony of Hierarchy

Modern environmental ethics bounds with arguments that humans and non-humans are equal, but it is not a stretch to conclude, as Stoics might, that to destroy the planet on which we live is to turn our back on distinctly human reason and live misanthropically.

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Is There Moral Equality between Humans and Animals?

Like humans, animals possess rights—but are their rights any weaker than ours?

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The Egalitarian Objection to Liberal Education

Far from being elitist and aristocratic, the liberal arts can free the human soul in the pursuit of human flourishing and advance the cause of equality.

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Protection from Power

Scholars Mohammad Fadel and Lawrence Jannuzzi discuss the contours of equality, power, and hierarchy from both an Islamic legal and contemporary political perspective.

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Cultivating the Life Skill of Writing

The mere act of writing for one’s self tends to reveal the fact that each one of us contains multitudes.

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Why Beauty Is Not Optional

Ubaydullah Evans engages with Oludamini Ogunnaike on the quiddity of beauty, beauty as it relates to a fuller understanding of God, and the correlation between beauty and spiritual maturity.

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Can English Capture the Language of Revelation?

English-speaking Muslims have yet to produce a definitive translation of the Qur’an. What guidance can a new literary translation of the Bible provide for today’s Qur’an translators?

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Spirituality in the Postmodern World

How ought traditional metaphysics grapple with liquid spiritualities that revolve not around objectivity but the individual self, free from all doctrinal restraints?

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“The Diversity of Your Languages and Complexions”

Ethnic diversity serves as a sign of God, demonstrating that His ramifying creativity has been at work, and getting to know others enriches and enlarges the self.

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Beware What Comes Within from Without

Does habitual exposure to digital images destroy the stillness of heart required for seeing God within our soul?

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After Revelation, Where Does Reason Lead?

With the end of revelation, Muslim scholars established a framework to “hear” God’s word, without pitfalls of pure fideism on one hand and free interpretation on the other.

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Philosophy without God

How should religious philosophers understand the methods and goals of modern philosophy?

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Breaking the Language Barrier

The Han Kitab teaches that the Islam found in the Arabic and Persian books is only one possible way in which the Islamic revelation can be expressed.

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Conversing with a National Treasure: Wisdom and Wit with Eva Brann

Hamza Yusuf, President of Zaytuna College, converses with Eva Brann, the sagely long time educator and author of St. Johns College in Annapolis Maryland about philosophy, wisdom, and wit.

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The Forest Within Us

The natural world can be a medicine, but without attention to our inner world, we may continue to suffer unease.

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The Many Sides of Knowledge

If the knowledge we gather is partial and limited, can we truly understand the feelings and experiences of others?

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