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.? Is there such thing as a Muslim mind? Is it compatible with modernity, or is Islam irrelevant, backward, and antiquated?

These are the type of questions I used to have all the time. When I was younger, I longed for answers and examples that could demonstrate an enlightened Islam that is both fully compatible with the principles of Islam and with our modern lives. Understanding the Muslim Mind is a course designed to answer these questions and more. Throughout this course I do my best to present complex and multi-layered information into distilled and easily understood and replicable answers.


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Course Guide and Lecture Outline

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What To Expect

By taking this course you will be able to:

  • Articulate for your self what Islam’s paradigm is.
  • Understand how Islam fits alongside the larger paradigms of modernity and post-modernity.
  • Reconcile your multiple identities as a person of faith and a person living in the real world.
  • 24/7 access to all audio files.
  • A complete course guide that provides summaries and outlines for each lecture – this way you don’t have to rush when you listen to jot down pertinent information, you can simply glance at the lecture notes!
  • Access to a private Facebook page where you can interact with other students and discuss course-related topics.
  • A free live session with me to go over any lingering questions/concerns you have from the course.

Why you should take this course:

What you’ll get when you sign up:

  • If you’re here on this page, it means that you’re a seeker; you care about your personal faith as well as being a productive, active, and successful person. I want to show you how to do all that by being grounded it in our ethical paradigm as a way to inspire, not impede you.
  • You can take all the classes and lessons you want on Islam, but if you don’t have a way to make sense of it all, a way to put it all together and implement it in your day-to-day life, what you learn has a great chance of confusing you rather than helping you.
  • The material synthesized in this course is the result of decades of study across dozens of disciplines and is distilled in a way for the contemporary-English speaking Muslim to understand. To put it simply, and I’m being 100% transparent, you’re not going to find this somewhere else.


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Lesson 1: The Problem of Modernity

Lesson 2: Islamic Responses

Lesson 3: The Intellect

Lesson 4: Thinking & Knowledge

Lesson 5: Limits of the Intellect

Lesson 6: Levels & Types of Thinking

Lesson 7: Others Types of Thinking

Lesson 8: The Discerning Mind

Lesson 9: The Human being in the Universe

Lesson 10: Belief

Lesson 11: Sources of Knowledge

Lesson 12: How Do We Come to Know Things?

Lesson 13: A fact-based intellect vs. a non-fact based intellect

Lesson 14: Paradigms

Lesson 15: Islam, Language, and the Acquisition of Knowledge

Lesson 16: The Absolute & the Relative AND The General & the Specific

Lesson 17: Understanding the World Around Us

Lesson 18: Reality vs. Abstraction

Lesson 19: The Sacred

Lesson 20: The Sacred & Language

Lesson 21: Legal Principles

Lesson 22: The Meta Goals of the Sharia

Lesson 23: Common Good & End Results

Lesson 24: Consensus

Lesson 25: Individual Responsibility


“He tackles the most pressing issues in our age, providing answers from the classical Islamic tradition.”

Abdullahi Musa

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