Ep. 86: Ahmed Younis
Ahmed Younis is committed to the untested feasibility of what is possible through the process of always becoming.
Ahmed was raised between Los Angeles, California and Cairo, Egypt. He is the Host of The Study with Ahmed Younis, a podcast that brings Art, Books, and Ideas to the challenges of our time. Dr. Younis focuses on the duality of personal and societal growth, encouraging a critical assessment of the word and the world. He served as Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State, and Deputy Special Envoy in the Obama Administration responsible for state and non-state sponsored disinformation and propaganda. He holds a JD from Washington & Lee University, VA and a PhD in Critical Pedagogy with an emphasis in leadership studies from Chapman University, CA
“if a corrupt person comes to you with information, verify.” Quran 49:6
“everyone has a law and way” (Quran 5:48)
“no compulsion in religion” (Quran 2:256)
“whoever wants to believe let them believe” (Quran 18:29)
Understanding the Muslim Mind
If we could take all of Islamic intellectual history, what sort of patterns and principles could we deduce? More importantly, if we found someone who actually knew all this information, what would they look like, think like, talk like, etc.?
A citizen of a Western republic or commonwealth nation is familiar with the concept of having their voice count. From a young age it is ingrained into us that without having our voices heard, our rights will be trampled upon and that we have a civic obligation to vote and actively participate in the political process. This type of rhetoric might be even more common if, like me, you are part of a minority community. However, this concept is not 100% accurate. In fact, it’s a common misconception that Westerners, both minorities and majorities alike, have regarding their government. Our individual voices really don’t count for much because there are existing political superstructures that control the political process. Maybe our voices can count within these superstructures if they are numerous enough. However, to get to that point you have to compromise so much that by the time you have a critical mass of voices within an existing superstructure, your individual opinion is lost in the new majority. If you don’t believe me, read this Princeton study that demonstrates that the Unites States is no longer, by definition, a democracy.MORE