A Diagnosis of the Modern Condition

A Book Review of Commentary on the Eleventh Contentions by Abdal Hakim Murad Storytelling – that’s not the future. The future, I’m afraid, is flashes and impulses. – Dexter Palmer With this quotation does Abdal Hakim Murad open his book, Commentary on the Eleventh Contentions, a collection of one hundred scattered contentions, namely, short phrases and declarations that can indeed most aptly be described as poignant “flashes … Continue reading A Diagnosis of the Modern Condition

Modern Myth: The Moderate Muslim

Modern Myths is a series of articles that deconstructs popular myths that are informed by modernity. This series first presents the myth, analyzes and dismantles it from a lens of tradition, and ultimately, offers alternatives in viewing or resolving the legitimate challenges associated with the myth. We hope the “Modern Myths” series will enable you to not only question your understanding of these topics, but also how you arrived at your previous understanding of these myths. Continue reading “Modern Myth: The Moderate Muslim”

The Islamic Tradition: Philosophy in the Margins

The oft-repeated definition of philosophy is the love of wisdom. However, in Martin Heidegger’s 1955 public lecture, published as, What is Philosophy?, he traces the word, philosophy, to its Greek roots and claims that its Greek form (philosophia) means path. On this path of Greek origins are two parallel paths, which alternatively cross and separate into individual parallel paths. Such crossing and separation is the … Continue reading The Islamic Tradition: Philosophy in the Margins

Ramadan: The Month of Anti-Imperialism

Muslims have grown accustomed to living in a perpetual state of defense as the price of their existence, readily deploying explanations for their religious and cultural practices. This may well be an acceptable and even advisable transaction to keep the peace in diverse modern societies, but with the holy month of Ramadan underway, one cannot ignore the distinctly modern tinges in the explanations circulating for … Continue reading Ramadan: The Month of Anti-Imperialism