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Islamic Art and Spirituality

Islamic Art and Spirituality By Seyyed Hossein Nasr   Islamic Art has been the subject of study by Western scholars since the nineteenth century and by Western-trained Muslim savants for several decades. It has, moreover, come to receive special attention during the past two or three decades by the larger public as a distinct category […]

An Introduction to Islamic Cosmological Doctrines

An Introduction to Islamic Cosmological Doctrines CONCEPTIONS OF NATURE AND METHODS USED FOR ITS STUDY BY THE IKHW AN AL-~AFA’, AL-BIRUNI, AND IBN SINA   This study opens up a relatively unexplored, hence unfamiliar, aspect of Islam. The ~ajority of mo?ern Muslim ration~lists will no doubt join in chorus with the formalist orthodox theologians to […]

Universalism in Islam

Is there a ‘universal validity of all religions’ after the coming of revelation to the Prophet (SAW)? Is there evidence for such a notion in traditional sources of Islam? “Many Western academics specializing in the field of religious studies, including all the so-called traditionalists, support the notion of universal validity of all religions.  How can […]

Islam and the Environment

The Qur’an addresses not only human beings, but also the cosmos. All creatures participate in Islam. It is much easier to be able to develop an environmental philosophy which will not be incongruent or artificial as if you would add an artificial tail to a donkey. It is part and parcel of the Islamic world […]

The Phony Islam of ISIS

The Phony Islam of ISIS By Caner K. Dagli Following the publication of his Atlantic cover story, “What ISIS Really Wants,” Graeme Wood has challenged critics who claim that he misrepresented Islamic belief, noting, “It’s instructive to see how responses to my piece reckon with or ignore this line: ‘Muslims can reject the Islamic State; nearly […]