Episode 50: Islamic Principles #16: Dealing with the Past
A frequent question is, “how do we deal with our intellectual past?” Is the past just that, the past, or is there benefit in for the here and now? Many people who seek to “reform” Islam see its intellectual past as stagnant and backward. I think this premise confuses the issues of the past with the methodology of the past. This episode discusses this.
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.?