Publication of Arabic Edition of “Khamsata ʿAshara Maktuban”

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I am very pleased by the publication of the Arabic edition of خمسة عشر مكتوبا (Fifteen Letters) by the famous Sufi Shaikh ‘Abd Al-Qadir Al-Jilani. The release of the Arabic edition follows the earlier publication of the English translation of the book. The book was published by "Books - Publishers," an imprint of "Al-Dar Al-Kutub Al-'Ilmiyya." This is the book page on the Publisher's website.

The Role of Emotions in a Supposedly Rational World: A Dangerous Oversight

We live in a world that glorifies few things more than reason. And rightly so. Everything around us reminds us of the power of reason and how it has transformed our lives. It gives us those analytical skills that are indispensable for making informed decisions. Reason allows us to distinguish between fact and myth. It gives us the ability to know the difference between assumptions that can be used temporarily as placeholders for facts, when the latter are not possible to obtain, to help us progress towards a particular goal, and other uninformed guesses that can only hinder our progress. Without reason we would not have excelled over all other forms of life that share with us this generous planet… Read the rest

Launch of “Islamic Rethink” and the “Islamic Rethink Journal”

islamic-rethink-logo-225x225 Islamic Rethink is an educational initiative that promotes an evolving understanding of Islam. It evokes the early Muslim spirit of seeking continuous learning and embracing growing knowledge, which is critical in a fast and ever-changing world that never stops posing new challenges and questions. This approach is also crucial to create harmony between Islam and other religions and philosophies in today’s world.

Jesus, The Untold Story: His Life and Message (4-hour Course)

jesus-untold-story I will be teaching a course on the life of Jesus at Keele University on Wednesday 10th/December/2014 from 17.00-21.00. The course will be based on the Qur'anic account of Jesus' life which I will contrast with the story in the New Testament and other Christian and historical sources. I will also make comparative references to relevant concepts and statements from the Old Testament and other Jewish writings. I will explain where the various accounts agree and differ.

The Islamic Caliphate Between Past Myths and Present Delusions

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The Islamic caliphate is promoted by its advocates on the basis that it was an ideal system of Islamic government in the past that can be equally suitable and successful for the present and future. The fact is that this form of rule is completely unsuitable for use anymore, let alone it is impossible to implement.… Read the rest