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Can Liberalism Tolerate Islam? – Shaykh Abdal Hakim Murad

May 10, 2011 by


Can Liberalism Tolerate Islam? By Shaykh Abdal Hakim Murad Must one be liberal to belong to the West? For all the polite multiculturalist denials, this question is being put to us more and more insistently. The European Union, as it struggles to articulate a common cultural as well as economic vision, regularly toys with grand […]

The Enigma of America’s Secular Roots

January 12, 2011 by


The Enigma of America’s Secular Roots Joel Barlow’s disavowal of Christianity as the basis for US government in the 1797 treaty of Tripoli is a mystery By Sam Haselby John Adams, who served as US president between 1797 to 1801, signed the treaty of Tripoli without comment. Photograph: Time Life Pictures/Mansell/Getty Images On 3 […]

The Tragedy of Humanism – Sayyid Naquib al-Attas

October 11, 2010 by


Sayyid Muhammad al-Naquib bin Ali al-Attas (born September 5, 1931) is a prominent contemporary Muslim philosopher and thinker from Malaysia. He is the author of twenty-seven authoritative works on various aspects of Islamic thought and civilization, particularly on Sufism, cosmology, metaphysics, philosophy and Malay language and literature. (Source) The Tragedy of Humanism By Sayyid Naquib al-Attas “Humanistic […]

The Loss of Adab and the Fall of the Muslim World – Sayyid Naquib al-Attas

September 25, 2010 by


The modern era has witnessed three significant developments that have created unprecedented challenges to the Muslim community: (1) public education, mass media, and mass literacy, (2) the disintegration of Islamic polities, and (3) the formation of learning institutes based on Western concepts, values, and processes. The first development has resulted in the masses acquiring access […]

The Loss of Meaning: The Price We Pay for Modernity and Rationality (Excerpt from “A Secular Age” by Charles Taylor)

September 13, 2010 by


The Malaise of Modernity by Charles Taylor The following excerpt is from the eighth chapter of “A Secular Age” by Charles Taylor. In this work, Taylor describes the transformations in religion that came with the rise of modernity. Rather then eliminating religion, modernity removed its role from the universal to the particular; in other words, […]

Excerpt from “The Freedom Paradox: Towards a Post-Secular Ethics” by Clive Hamilton

September 1, 2010 by


“The Freedom Paradox: Towards a Post-Secular Ethics” by Clive Hamilton is by far one of the best critiques I’ve read of liberal democratic capitalism that is not based on Marxist thought. Hamilton argues that liberal democratic capitalism’s emphasis on the external freedoms (political and economic freedom) has resulted in our inner freedom to be comprised. […]