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

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

Acknowledging The Role of Scholarship

Beyond a collection of facts, knowledge transcends the tangible and quantifiable. It is both production and consumption, providing structure, methodology, and substance: the sum of generations of thinkers, teachers, and students. The authority to transmit knowledge is reserved to those who have extensively studied and practiced it. Expertise within a field is a rare blessing and the onus is on laymen to take knowledge from … Continue reading Acknowledging The Role of Scholarship

Reaffirming Tradition: An Introduction

Tradition is a word that evokes many different responses in individuals of the modern era. It is a term that is often misappropriated, misunderstood, and misapplied. In recent years, we’ve seen a growing trend from many people: Catholics, Muslims, Jews, and even White Nationalists, who suggest that we must adhere to our traditional values in order to combat the spread of Modernity and Post-Modernity. However, … Continue reading Reaffirming Tradition: An Introduction

Modernity: Why Dissent?

Picture this: You turn on the TV or scroll through your Twitter timeline and see people discussing a viral video, recent political development, or editorial in a major newspaper. Everywhere you look, someone has a hot take to give, and heated debates undoubtedly follow. Or this: Your uncle has a severe heart attack. Your family anxiously rushes him to the hospital, but thanks to advances … Continue reading Modernity: Why Dissent?