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The Listening of the Soul

Speaking distinguishes the human, but the soul’s capacity to listen helps us fulfill our human potential.


Language Is Not Mechanical (and Neither Are You)

Modern philosophers and scientists are committed to the idea of world as machine, and yet they cannot explain language without the immaterial mind.


The End of Hope

A thought-provoking conversation with Chris Hedges, Zaid Shakir, and Hamza Yusuf about hope, despair, and the future of our nation.


The Covenant of Language

In an age when even the idea of truth awaits trial, how do we renew our trust in words and things?


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Of Cannons and Canons

Colonialism universalized modern Western education. As we wrestle with this often bitter legacy, why do calls to “diversify” what we read fall short?


The Wisdom of Lamentation

The Book of Job doesn’t simply preach patience to one who suffers. Job’s speech—and his silence—dismantles platitudes and invites us to find resolution in an experience of God.


The Liberal Arts in an Illiberal Age

When we lose the language arts, we lose our ability to understand the metaphysical implications of language and thought, and we are no longer free to think.


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.


Vanquishing the Monster Within Us

When we resist the dehumanizing forces of war, we can see the sacred in all human beings.


The Truth a Building Speaks

To be erected, buildings need more than brick and mortar; they need a hierarchy of crucial decisions, which ultimately reveal what we value.


Self Addressed Speech

Speech may be for communication, but when the soul speaks to itself, who is communicating with whom?


The Centrality of Language in Islam’s First Years

The early generations of Muslims, including the Companions of the Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, enjoyed an extraordinary relationship with the arts of language.


With God On Our Side? Islam and the Question of Pluralism

Hamza Yusuf, Maria Massi Dakake, and Andrew March held a lively discussion at Zaytuna College regarding Islam and the question of pluralism.


What Images Are Doing to Our Souls

Can spiritual philosophy teach us how to pay attention to the effects digital images have on our souls?


“Using the Brain You Gave Me”

Words may be the way that we learn and understand, but, shows Augustine through a dialog with his son, God is the only real teacher.


The Secret of the Morality Tale

Only narratives can ensure our ethics take both intention and circumstance into account.


Knowledge, Truth, Being

When a knowing mind has known a being, do we arrive at truth?


Humane Being

If we let it, the modern world can alter our fiţrah, or the perfection of our natural disposition. But the path to restoring harmony with our natures may be easier than we think.


Virtue, Human and Divine

Can the measure of human virtue be set by the character—or the names—of God?


How Faith Can Influence Environmental Ethics

The world's great faith traditions might differ on our relationship to nature, but are they unified on an ethical approach to protecting our natural environment?


Can Materialism Explain the Mind?

Some philosophers believe materialism has now reached an insurmountable quandary in the question of consciousness.


When Does a Human Fetus Become Human?

Scripture and science, taken together, can lead believers to rethink our understanding of when life begins, of the miracle of revelation, and most certainly of abortion.


Sacred Truths in a Profane World

Can an alliance of religious believers help humanity emerge from an age of skepticism?


Science and Theology: Where the Consonance Really Lies

If we keep in mind the limits of our methods, the deepest aspirations of the sciences and the most essential affirmations of theology are irresistibly apposite.


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