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Counting the Minutes

Every single thing we do, every moment of waking awareness, every instant of our lives might carry value, be significant, and be ordered to some meaningful end.


What Makes Art Islamic?

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


Medina and Athena: Restoring a Lost Legacy

The divorce between Athena and Medina explains much of what went wrong in the Muslim world.


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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The Sound of Silence

God’s speech is real, true, and authoritative; the speech of anything else, in and of itself, is unreal, false, and unreliable.


Beware What Comes Within from Without

Does habitual exposure to digital images destroy the stillness of heart required for seeing God within our soul?


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?


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


The Human in the Qur’an

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

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“Everything Other Than God Is Unreal”

A sound ontological argument would show that even without human experience of the world, pure reason itself necessarily arrives at the existence of God.


Self Addressed Speech

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


Medina and Athena: Restoring a Lost Legacy

Hamza Yusuf shares his article that he wrote for the Spring 2019 issue.


Do We Mistake Our Passion for Truth with Its Possession?

God has given the Abrahamic family a window of opportunity to advance beyond sibling rivalry in the direction of fraternal cooperation.


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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“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 Islamic Art of Asking Questions

Muslims of the past always tolerated permanent disagreement even about versions of religious truth. Can modern Muslims recapture this tradition?


Science, Religion, and the Challenge of Near-Death Experiences

Was it real? And if so, what might Islam have to say about it? The scholar went on to describe some of the features associated with the experience.


The Soul of Rhetoric in the Age of Amazon

Our digital lives are so mediated by soulless algorithms that it seems absurd to imagine genuine human relationships governing our online interactions.


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?


Muslims Are Not a Race

Many intellectuals believe Islamophobia is a form of racism, but the ultimate presuppositions embedded in this view are antithetical not only to Islam but to religion as such.


The Many Sides of Knowledge

If the knowledge we gather is partial and limited, can we truly understand the feelings and experiences of others?


Among the Disbelievers

How does the “radical other”—the unbeliever, and not merely the wayward Abrahamic cousin—figure in Islamic discourses on toleration and coercion?


Must Religious Duty Conflict With Political Order?

To secure the kind of religious freedoms Muslims desire, we must revisit Muslim commitment to religious pluralism and shared obedience to sovereign powers.


Virtue, Human and Divine

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


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.