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Music for the Soul

We speak to historian Sylviane A. Diouf about the influence of Qur’anic recitation on African music styles and, by extension, the blues; how the banjo is just as emblematic of African music as the drums; and how black music has always looked to the future.

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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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Belief in the Obvious

As truth seekers, we shield ourselves from sophistry through practiced skepticism. But by wielding the weapon of incredulity, could there be another evil that we unwittingly invite?

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Graceful Giving and Grateful Receiving

Asad Tarsin and Joshua Harris exchange ideas about humility as a prerequisite for true gratefulness, Imam al-Ghazālī’s three components of gratitude, and what evolution can’t explain about gratitude.

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Selections: "The Decline of Language and the Rise of Nothing"

Hamza Yusuf interviews Thomas Hibbs on the importance of rekindling a love of language so we might better articulate ourselves and possess the words to describe our experience of the world.

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On Migrating to Lands of Melancholy

Those who migrate for worldly gain are likely to be miserably assimilated and crushed, while those whose intention is noble, who are willing to see and understand and heal, can serve a redemptive purpose.

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Are Believers a Political Tribe?

How can Muslims effect real change for themselves without succumbing to tribalism?

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At the Movies with African Sufis

The virtual world of video may remove us yet another step from reality, but films and videos may reveal even as they conceal, as they draw attention to their own nature and serve as powerful reminders of the nature of the world.

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In an age of transience, explore ideas that are timeless.

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What Makes a Book “Great”?

The two discuss what makes great books great, the joy of reading, and the “unruly and intimidating” lineage of great literature.

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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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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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King Lear and the Beatitudes

Does the eternal horizon of reward help us more fully understand Lear’s suffering and subsequent transformation in Shakespeare’s tragedy?

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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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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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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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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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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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Sacred Truths in a Profane World

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

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Why Are Muslims Seen as a Race?

Does critical race theory presuppose principles antithetical to Islam, or should we understand it as a neutral framework for analyzing the nature of power and oppression?

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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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