Musings on The Impossible State

A Book Review of The Impossible State: Islam, Politics, and Modernity’s Moral Predicament by Wael Hallaq Introduction For a beginner, The Impossible State (henceforth referred to as TIS) is an incomprehensible tome. Throughout the book, Hallaq strings together technical terms effortlessly. It took me a few reads to even begin to understand Hallaq’s central thesis, let alone the finer details embedded across the text. Therein lies … Continue reading Musings on The Impossible State

Le Prétexte Laïque: L’État en tant que Divinité

Avec les avancées technologiques et les informations qui nous arrivent dessus à une vitesse délirante, nous faisons face à un assaut de questions éthiques importantes. De l’impact des politiques économiques sur les communautés locales, en passant par les débats et législations sur la liberté d’expression, jusqu’à l’origine et le caractère sacré de la vie humaine, nous voyons les politiciens traiter des questions qui mettent en cause, … Continue reading Le Prétexte Laïque: L’État en tant que Divinité

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.

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

Progressive Muslims and The Right-Wing: An Alliance

Critics of Islamophobia, often left-wing activists, position themselves passionately against far-right hateful bigots, creating the mirage of the left being unconditionally allied with Islam and Muslims. It’s an easy (and necessary) task to identify calls for purging Muslims and passing anti-Muslim legislation as hateful and vile, but the manner in which this is done neglects an equally formidable enemy to Islam. The left tends to … Continue reading Progressive Muslims and The Right-Wing: An Alliance

Dawkins’ Illusion: A Refutation of “The God Delusion”

Introduction More than a decade has passed since the release of the infamous The God Delusion by Richard Dawkins. To call it influential would be an understatement, as the book sold more than three million copies in eight years and a number of different authors, including Alvin Plantinga, Michael Ruse, Richard Swinburne, William Lane Craig et al have exhaustively reviewed it. Despite such reviews, the … Continue reading Dawkins’ Illusion: A Refutation of “The God Delusion”