Envisager la politique au delà de la gauche et la droite.

La multitude de courants politique de l’ère moderne révèle une profonde incertitude ontologique dont on nous a promis qu’elle n’allait jamais se produire. On nous a vendu l’idée qu’en rejetant la révélation divine, supposée être la marmite d’où provenaient l’hostilité et la division, nous trouverions l’harmonie sociale. Au lieu de Dieu, nous étions censés adopter la raison et les idéologies fruit de la raison humaine, qui auraient … Continue reading Envisager la politique au delà de la gauche et la droite.

تحليل الإعجاز العلمي في القرآن

بالدخول على شبكة الإنترنت، نجد الكثير من المواد الإعلامية تتحدث عن الإعجاز العلمي في القرآن. هناك مؤسسات دعوية مهتمة بنشر هذه المعجزات وإثبات حقيقة دين الإسلام بهن. لكن هذا الأسلوب مليء بالتناقضات، وفي خلاف مع تفهيم علماء التفسير للقرآن الكريم. بعض الأمثلة: يقول القرآن أن الأرض مفلطحة يذكر فى القرآن الصفائح التكتونية يصف القرآن نظرية الإنفجار العظيم يصف القرآن دورة المياه على الأرض يذكر القرآن … Continue reading تحليل الإعجاز العلمي في القرآن

The Aesthetics of Islamic Law

When Islamic law is discussed, particularly in a polemical context, it is usually evaluated from either a moral or a practical angle. Those who espouse its virtues tend to say something along the lines of: God, being our creator, deserves our obedience (aka, a moral argument); and His ordinances are best attuned to human nature (aka, a practical observation). Very rarely are purely aesthetic considerations … Continue reading The Aesthetics of Islamic Law

Islamising Language: Ontology in the Modern Era

I’ve spent the past few months in perplexed introspection. I’ve been reflecting on the fact that cognitive scientists have gathered a tremendous amount of evidence that suggests that the language(s) we speak changes not only how we see the world, but also who we fundamentally are. Language influences our values and shapes how we code our experiences [1,2]. Knowing this, I’ve questioned how much of … Continue reading Islamising Language: Ontology in the Modern Era

Tasawwuf as Islamic Existentialism: A Meditation

Existence is a strange thing. While it permeates all that is and all that we experience, it eludes our grasp. Existence is the very ground upon which humanity stands and subsists. This ontological realization is known as existentialism. It concerns what it means to exist and its associated consequences, our freedom as beings in the world with intentionality, or even the constraints of our freedom … Continue reading Tasawwuf as Islamic Existentialism: A Meditation

Envisioning Politics Beyond Left and Right

Modern politics is characterised by a multitude of political differences. This reveals a profound ontological uncertainty we were promised would not happen. We were sold the idea that with the rejection of divine revelation, supposedly the cauldron of hostility and division, we would find social harmony. Instead of God, we would embrace Reason and man-made ideology which would end all strife and hardship and usher … Continue reading Envisioning Politics Beyond Left and Right

Artificial Intelligence and What It Means To Be Human

You’ve probably seen the videos. A robot walking or crawling around, sensing its environment and figuring out how to do human-like tasks, such as opening doors. They’ve even learned how to do back flips now. The videos go viral on social media every few months, along with terrified reactions about how “the robot overlords are coming,” “we might as well submit now,” and so on. … Continue reading Artificial Intelligence and What It Means To Be Human

The Incoherence of Modern Reformists

The modern era, with the ethical conundrums it bears, understandably causes people to search for answers that speak to their present condition. To this end, countless new movements have appeared laying claim to “true” Islam. Qur’anists, Perennialists, Qadianis, Progressives, and various new political movements are but a subset of this phenomenon. Most of these groups market themselves as either a “revival” or “reformation” of Islam … Continue reading The Incoherence of Modern Reformists

Intelligence artificielle et ce que signifie être humain

Vous avez probablement vu les vidéos. Un robot qui marche ou qui rampe, appréhendant son environnement et effectuant certaines tâches à la manière d’un être humain, comme ouvrir des portes. Ils ont même appris à faire des back-flip. Ces vidéos sont devenues virales sur les réseaux sociaux en quelques mois, accompagnées de réactions terrifiées sur la façon dont « le règne des robots arrive », … Continue reading Intelligence artificielle et ce que signifie être humain

The Secular Pretense: The State as God

With technological advances and breaking news hurtling towards us at hyperspeed, we are confronted with an onslaught of profoundly ethical questions. From the impact of economic policies on local communities to the parameters of  freedom of speech and down to the inception and sanctity of human life, we look on as politicians put forth proposals that stake ethical claims in one way or another. Whether … Continue reading The Secular Pretense: The State as God