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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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Rules of Engagement

In religious dialogue, are virtue and good manners ultimately as important as, or perhaps more important than, the eloquence of words and the rigor of arguments?

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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.

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The Human in the Qur’an

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

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The Renovatio Podcast

Audio Food for the Mind

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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.

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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.

Essays

Can We All Treat Blasphemy as Taboo?

Should Muslims accept a moral perspective about blasphemy that’s grounded in liberal ethics?

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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.

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Where Islam and Nationalism Collide

"What if each and every ethnic group developed a very strong nationalist movement? There would be bloodshed and chaos until the unforeseeable future."

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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?

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Virtue, Human and Divine

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

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Wisdom in Pieces

Science, philosophy, and art have been blown apart, and our conversations have devolved into chaos. How do we begin to learn the art of disagreement?

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The Secret of the Morality Tale

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

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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.

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The Pinocchio Within Us

Despite seeming differences, Pinocchio’s reality may almost be identical to our own, even if our noses do not threaten to grow longer at every misdeed.

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What Makes Art Islamic?

A scholar, a calligrapher, and a designer in conversation during an event in Berkeley, California

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Knowledge, Truth, Being

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

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“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.

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Great Books and Small Colleges

Eva Brann, the longest-serving tutor of St. John’s College, asserts that learning how to read could be the practical purpose of liberal education.

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The Great Chain of Consciousness

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

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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."

Videos

Hamlet’s Soliloquy

Hamlet’s downfall did not arise out of a wrong answer to the question he posed, but out of the arrogation to himself of the right to determine his own existence or annihilation.

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The Roots of Our Crises

A speech about the roots of our crises in the modern world and why we started Renovatio

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Where Islam and Nationalism Collide

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

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