Monthly Archives: October 2019

Reforming Modernity: the Project of Abdurrahman Taha

Reforming Modernity is a sweeping intellectual history and philosophical reflection built around the work of the Morocco-based philosopher Abdurrahman Taha, one of the most significant philosophers in the Islamic world since the colonial era. Wael B. Hallaq contends that Taha is at the forefront of forging a new, non-Western-centric philosophical tradition. He explores how Taha’s philosophical project sheds light on recent intellectual currents in the Islamic world and puts forth a formidable critique of Western and Islamic modernities. Hallaq argues that Taha’s project departs from-but leaves behind-the epistemological grounds in which most modern Muslim intellectuals have anchored their programs. Taha systematically rejects the modes of thought that have dominated the Muslim intellectual scene since the beginning of the twentieth century-nationalism, Marxism, secularism, political Islamism, and liberalism. Instead, he provides alternative ways of thinking, forcefully and virtuosically developing an ethical system with a view toward reforming existing modernities. Hallaq analyzes the ethical thread that runs throughout Taha’s oeuvre, illuminating how Taha weaves it into a discursive engagement with the central questions that plague modernity in both the West and the Muslim world. The first introduction to Taha’s ethical philosophy for Western audiences, Reforming Modernity presents his complex thought in an accessible way while engaging with it critically. Hallaq’s conversation with Taha’s work both proffers a cogent critique of modernity and points toward answers for its endemic and seemingly insoluble problems.”

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1001 Inventions and the Library of Secrets – starring Sir Ben Kingsley

Three school children visit a dusty library to research the story of ‘The Dark Ages’. What they find changes their world view dramatically as ingenious inventors and pioneers of science and culture are vividly brought to life.

From producer Ahmed Salim and starring Oscar-winning legend Sir Ben Kingsley in the role of The Librarian, this astounding movie provides an eye-opening introduction to the 1001 Inventions initiative.

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Song of Songs 5:16 prophesied Prophet Muhammad (upon whom be peace) by name

His mouth is full of sweetness; he is Muhammad in every way. Such, O women of Jerusalem, he is my beloved, my friend…

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When dealing with the fact that a Bible passage in the Song of Songs or Shir haShirim 5:16 שיר השירים  ה:טז in Hebrew where the word “Machamadim” מַחֲמַדִּים is clearly shown, Christian apologists like James White in his debate with Br. Zakir Hussain titled “Is Muhammed Prophesied in the Bible?” typically respond that it cannot refer to Prophet Muhammad (p) based on the following arguments:

  1. The context of the whole Song of Solomon is about human love or  human sexual desire.
  2. The word is in adjective form and can be found in other places in the Bible.
  3. The word is in plural form.

White even boldly claims that this is the weakest argument the Muslims have on finding prophet Muhammad in the Bible.


Let us have a closer look and see if this argument is valid.

Human sexual desire or God’s beloved man?

To address his first argument, nowhere does Jewish and…

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The Golden Age of Islam – Project Equidistance | Official Documentary

Presenting our ground breaking documentary – Flat Earth and the Golden Age of Islam.

What if we told you that the world that you see around- a world of cutting edge technology, development, information and modernity- owes its origin, its existence to one book, one man and one of the greatest civilizations the world has ever see. Join us on a journey to unveil the “Quranic” roots of one of the greatest scientific revolution in history. One that went on to create modern science and then our modern world.

This is the first ever documentary that unravels the strategic role of the Quran in building modern science. Continue reading

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Islam in the First Civilisations: 2. The Ancient Egyptian Religion

When one thinks of the Ancient Egyptians, one immediately thinks of many gods. Surely there is no sign of monotheism in this civilisation, you’d instinctively assume. Just as a snapshot, observe this list depicting the main (most powerful) Gods from the Ancient Egyptian pantheon, which differed region to region over time – but note it was the sky or sun god that is almost consistently singled out as the most powerful:

  • Horus Early-dynastic 31c BCE: Sky god

  • Ra Old Kingdom 25-24c BCE: Sun god

  • Atum Old Kingdom: god of creation

  • Amun Old Kingdom 21c BCE: Sun god (replaced Mentho) (Amun-Ra became Zeus Ammon in Greece)

  • Mentho Middle Kingdom 19c BCE: war god – originally sun god (Old Kingdom)

Could there be a parallel with what happened with the Mesopotamian gods in Ancient Egypt – where the existence of a hierarchy and a central powerful god at its apex signals its monotheistic roots? In another post, I’ll unpick the oldest history of the Ancient Egyptians. However, I wanted to present two interesting ‘Islamic’ parallels from the New Kingdoms (about 1,550-1,100 B.C.E.).

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