Browsing All posts tagged under »modernity«

Whose Measure of Reality? – Jack Goldstone

February 23, 2011 by


One of the most interesting books I’ve ever read is “The Great Divergence: China, Europe, and the Making of the Modern World Economy” by Kenneth Pomeranz which offers a unique critique of capitalist, Marxist, and Weberian accounts of the formation and structure of the modern global economy based on the works of Thomas Malthus. Pomeranz […]

The Forgetfulness of Man – Sayyid Naquib al-Attas

February 8, 2011 by


It is ironic that we live in an era that has been coined “The Information Age” where human beings have attained, rather than knowledge, epic proportions of ignorance. Citizens of the most powerful nations of the earth often fail to identify important regions – and on occasion their own homeland – on a map. If […]

Critique of Philanthrocapitalism

January 24, 2011 by


The following is a great post on the concept of ‘philanthrocapitalism’ wherein plutocratic elites mystifying the inherent systemic inequalities of capitalism through philanthropy. This reminds me of the work of Antonio Gramsci who argues that the inherent ideological nature of capitalist societies requires a cultural elite to promote a hegemonic discourse as structural injustices within […]

Imam Zaid Shakir’s Powerful Rebuttal Against Muslim Extremists

December 15, 2010 by


The American Muslim community needs to have a frank and honest discussion about extremists within our ranks. Within the past few years, we have witnessed a rise in homegrown terrorists. Like the problem of domestic violence, we pretend that homegrown terrorism doesn’t exist and are quick to point figures at law enforcement agencies and accusing […]

Is Islam Compatible With The West? – Shaykh Abdal Hakim Murad (Audio)

December 1, 2010 by


Is Islam Compatible With The West? Shaykh Abdal Hakim Murad Talk by Shaykh Abdal Hakim Murad – Luton – 2009 We know from the Holy Qur’an that “East and West belong to Allah” (2:115). We also know from the manifestation of Allah’s religion throughout so many different times and places that His Guidance nourishes […]

Three Mistakes About Modernity – John Gray

November 19, 2010 by


Three Mistakes About Modernity By John Gray A common error with the idea of modernity is to think it encompasses all good things, when it does not and cannot. In this lecture John Gray (right), School Professor of European Thought at the LSE, discusses the limits and inaccuracies of conceptions of modernity. would like […]

A Call for a Moratorium on Voting

November 3, 2010 by


American Muslims seem to be caught in a dialectic of reaction. In 2000, we voted, as a block, for Bush. We witnessed with horror, the consequences of that collective decision vis a vis the war on terror, violation of international law, the invasion of Iraq, covert operations and assassinations, support for tyrannical regimes, torture, etc. […]

Scathing Critique of Tariq Ramadan by John Gray

October 31, 2010 by


The Quest for Meaning by Tariq Ramadan John Gray is frustrated by an idealistic treatise that mistakes poetic vagueness for pluralism The Quest for Meaning: Developing a Philosophy of Pluralism by Tariq Ramadan 224pp, Allen Lane, £14.99 “Time is linear or cyclical. The paths are steep, and sometimes there are mountains, plains and vast […]

23 Things They Don’t Tell You About Capitalism – Ha-Joon Chang [Video]

October 30, 2010 by


Development economics expert Ha-Joon Chang dispels the myths and prejudices that have come to dominate our understanding of how the world works in a lecture at the RSA.

The Ideals of the Enlightenment – Isaac Kramnick (The Portable Enlightenment Reader)

October 27, 2010 by


In order for the contemporary student of knowledge to attain proper education, he or she must also study the dominant intellectual framework that is often presented as a competing source of authority and intellectual discourse for Islam. Secularized and Westernized elites, intellectuals, and bureaucrats knowingly or unknowingly utilize entire disciplines and arts that are alien […]