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The Brilliant Minds in Secular Islamic Studies

This is what counts as brilliant insight in the secular academic field of Islamic studies: There is no fact of the matter about what "Islam"...

Islam and Rationalism

Muslims (and people in general) nowadays don't have a clue on how to understand, evaluate, and respond to an argument. That's why the level...

Practical Islamic Governance: Regulating Drug Use

There are a variety of ways for state authorities to regulate people's behavior. The caricature of state power is a brutal, punitive police force...

The Logical Direction of Morality

We often hear that Islamic law needs to get with the times. We often hear the argument that clearly our world differs from the...

What is “Traditional” Islam?

Following "traditional Islam" does not mean that we care about the past for the sake of the past. We only care about the past...

Overgeneralization and Its Dangers in Understanding Islam

In Western philosophy early to mid 20th century, a group of philosophers argued that the discipline of philosophy is prone to overgeneralize, i.e., to...

Teach Your Kids a Muslim Language

My dad always used to say that to know an additional language is to know a whole different world. I was born and raised...

The Most Dangerous Enemies of the Believers

Who are the most dangerous enemies of the believers? Islamophobes? Qawm al-kafirin? No. Scholars have agreed that the biggest enemies of the Muslims are:...

The Lost Virtue of Himma

Himma is a lost concept for Western Muslims. I've seen himma translated as "lofty aspiration" in some places, but perhaps "zeal" gives a better...

Why is Islam Reviled Today?

The Princeton event I spoke at earlier this month was not recorded. But here are the first couple of questions I was asked and...