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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.


“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.


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.


Self Addressed Speech

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


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?


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?


Virtue, Human and Divine

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


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.


The Human in the Qur’an

How four Qur’anic aspects of humanity combine to make man a distinctive creation.

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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.


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

Hamza Yusuf on how Islam offers space for pluralism


Vanquishing the Monster Within Us

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


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.


Justice and Mercy on the Scale

Social justice is a moral objective that resonates widely, but the Qur’an calls on us to not neglect mercy.


An Ethos for All?

Why a medieval Christian theologian believed humanity, regardless of creed, could unite around a shared ethic.


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?


Knowledge, Truth, Being

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


The Silent Theology of Islamic Art

To many, Islamic art can speak more profoundly and clearly than even the written word. Is it wiser then for Muslims to show, not to tell?


When a Metaphor Becomes Matter for a Christian

Can we use poetics to understand Scripture?


The Great Chain of Consciousness

Why did many Muslim metaphysicians see the universe and all of its contents as alive?


Where Have All The Saints Gone?

"People have altogether somehow lost that the true nature of man is the fiţrah, which is the sanctified state."


The Listening of the Soul

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


Where Islam and Nationalism Collide

Islam contains teachings that clearly argue against the most important elements of nationalism.


Other People's Truths

Sacred scriptures certainly qualify as Great Books, but can they be read as literature in secular settings?


Can We Free Our Minds in a Postcolonial World?

Zaid Shakir, Francisco Nahoe, and Oludamini Ogunnaike engage in a public conversation on the legacy of colonialism in today's educational system.


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