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The Qur’an and its Interpretive Tradition. By Andrew Rippin.

The Qur’an and its Interpretive Tradition. By Andrew Rippin. (Variorum Collected Studies Series). Pp. 356. Aldershot and Burlington: Ashgate, 2001. £62.50. Each volume of the Variorum Collected Studies Series musters long term writings by some noteworthy scholar (in this case, one of the biggest names in Qur’anic studies in the West); by grouping articles on […]

The Significance of Human Attire

Abstract: Along with food and shelter, clothing must rank among the most important but least analyzed sites of colonization. And even those works that do examine the connection between colonization and clothing focus almost entirely on the material dimension of dress. Few works, if any, take the necessary additional step of defining clothing as a […]

The Door Of Mercy Kenan Rifai And Sufism Today

Actionless Action Mohammed Rustom It has indeed been a blessing to sit with the great Kenan Rifai’s com­ mentary upon book one of Mevlana’s Mesnevi Spending time with this book naturally led me to Kenan Rifai’s explanation of a famous tale in the centered around ‘Ali b. Abi Talib. The tale is retold from……… (link […]

The Worldview of Islamic Philosophy

Abstract: Philosophy’s relation to the Islamic tradition has often been debated In modern stud­-ies. A good number of the experts consider the relation tenuous, and others disagree.The difference of opinion has much to do with differing understandings of the keyterms of the debate. No one seems to have doubted that at least some of the […]

On Cultivating Gratitude (Shukr) in Sufi Virtue Ethics by Atif Khalil

Abstract Gratitude or shukr is one of the most central of Islamic virtues, the importance of which is underscored by the fact that the defining notions of “faith” and “disbelief” revolve around the pivots of shukr and kufr (= ingratitude). The article focuses on treatments of the virtue within the Sufi tradition, and even here, […]

The Embodiment of Gratitude (Shukr) in Sufi Ethics by Atif Khalil

Abstarct: It has been argued that in the tradition of Western ethics there have beentwo general approaches to gratitude. There is first of all a view found mostlyamong modern moral philosophers which treats the given virtue as a set offeelings and attitudes. The grateful person is obliged first and foremost to sincerelyacknowledge the benefaction before […]