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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.


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?


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.


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.


The Renovatio Podcast

Audio Food for the Mind



Can We All Treat Blasphemy as Taboo?

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


Self Addressed Speech

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


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?


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 Human in the Qur’an

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

Text Messages

“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.


Sacred Truths in A Profane World

Roger Scruton and Hamza Yusuf in conversation


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 Secret of the Morality Tale

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


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.


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?


What Makes Art Islamic?

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


Knowledge, Truth, Being

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


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.


Vanquishing the Monster Within Us

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


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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