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making sense of islam with tarek Elgawhary

Listen Today on Islamic Principles Series These episodes are a selection of first principles found across Islam’s various disciplines and fields of study. Hopefully they give you a taste of how Usuli Islam works.

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Ep. 71: Islamic Principles #25: Making Islam Look Good

Listen Today on Episode 71: Islamic Principles #26: Making Islam Look Good We all know the common complaint that Islam looks bad and is misrepresented. It doesn’t help that it seems often times the worst elements of our community are those speaking...

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Ep. 70: Islamic Principles #24: Passing on Islam

Listen Today on Episode 70: Islamic Principles #25: Passing on Islam We frequently hear the statement that Islam is valid for all time, place, and circumstance. Yet, the key underlying question associated with that statement is do we actually understand Islam at...

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Ep. 69: Islamic Principles #23: Men & Women

Listen Today on Episode 69: Islamic Principles #24: Men & Women This was a hard episode for me to put together. There is so much back-and-forth today about issues of gender relations, how Islam treats women, inherit inequality of the Sharia towards...

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Ep. 68: Islamic Principles #22: Charity

Listen Today on Episode 68: Islamic Principles #23: Charity Muslims talk about charity a lot, but mostly in the context of the community in need of charitable help. As a first principle, however, charity is more than financial assistance, it is a...

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Ep. 67: Islamic Principles # 21: Coexistence

Listen Today on Episode 67: Islamic Principles # 22: Coexistence While I covered models of coexistence previously on this podcast, here I take several steps back to consider the concept of coexistence from a principle point of view. If we can understand...

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Ep. 56: Islamic Principles #20: The Environment

Listen Today on Episode 56: Islamic Principles #20: The Environment We cannot be who we are or do the things we do except through and by the natural world around us. The Quran and Hadith literature are replete with references to the...

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Ep. 55: Islamic Principles #19: Benefiting from Others

Listen Today on Episode 55: Islamic Principles #19: Benefiting from Others The boundaries of civilizations and religions are fundamentally porous. It is common for them to speak to one another, to benefit from one another, and to work in tandem for common...

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Ep. 54: Islamic Principles #18: Towards an Islamic Paradigm

Listen Today on Episode 54: Islamic Principles #18: Towards an Islamic Paradigm In our current context it is common to hear discussions about the compatibility or non compatibility of Islam with certain trends. While there is no doubt that these conversations have...

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Ep. 51: Islamic Principles #17: Sufism

Listen Today on Episode 51: Islamic Principles #17: Sufism Sufism is a very important part of my life, and in previous episodes (17,19,20,21,22) I covered the spiritual discipline from the perspective of a practitioner. In this episode I approach Sufism from the...

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Ep. 50: Islamic Principles #16: Dealing with the Past

Listen Today on 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...

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Ep. 48: Islamic Principles #15: The Subtle Moment

Listen Today on Episode 48: Islamic Principles #15: The Subtle Moment There is no denying that Islamic law has a lot of literature about slavery and the freeing of slaves (known as manumission). While all Muslim jurists and Muslim majority countries have...

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Ep. 47: Islamic Principles #14: Splittings Sharia Rulings

Listen Today on Episode 47: Islamic Principles #14: Splittings Sharia Rulings Not everything we encounter is black and white. Islamic law takes that into consideration and contains within it a flexibility that allows a nuanced approach to complex, real-life issues.JTNDaDIlM0VSZWNlaXZlJTIwbm90aWZpY2F0aW9ucyUzQ3NwYW4lM0V3aGVuJTIwTmV3JTIwQ291cnNlcyUyMGFyZSUyMGF2YWlsYWJsZS4lM0MlMkZzcGFuJTNFJTNDJTJGaDIlM0UlMEE= ...

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Ep. 45: Islamic Principles #13: Theoretical Person

Listen Today on Episode 45: Islamic Principles #13: Theoretical Person This is a concise discussion on the importance of theoretical people/theoretical structures in Islamic law. While organizations and companies often time seem to function like people, a common theme in the Western...

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Ep. 44: Islamic Principles #12: Rulings as Symbols

Listen Today on Episode 44: Islamic Principles #12: Rulings as Symbols The rulings of the Sharia carry a larger meaning than their specific legal context. The spirit or symbol behind these laws remind us of the greater purpose of religion and identity....

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Ep. 43: Islamic Principles #11: Understanding the World Around Us

Listen Today on Episode 43: Islamic Principles #11: Understanding the World Around Us It’s not enough to simply know matters of religion to make sense of Islam, it’s equally important to know about the world around us and what it entails in...

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Ep. 39: Islamic Principles #10: Plurality in Islamic Law

Listen Today on Episode 39: Islamic Principles #10: Plurality in Islamic Law An advantage and a challenge within Islamic law is the great diversity of opinions. This itself stems from the over 80 schools of jurisprudence that have existed throughout Islamic legal...

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Ep. 36: Islamic Principles #9: The Meta-Goals of Islamic Law

Listen Today on Episode 36: Islamic Principles #9: The Meta-Goals of Islamic Law After the formation and codification of Islamic law, jurists turned to articulating what the meta-goals of the law were. These five meta-goals serve as a reminder to the jurist...

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Ep. 35: Islamic Principles #8: Renewing Usul al-Fiqh

Listen Today on Episode 35: Islamic Principles #8: Renewing Usul al-Fiqh One of the greatest achievements of Islamic intellectual history is Uṣūl al-Fiqh (Principles of Jurisprudence). This is not only a science and discipline that helps us interpret the Quran and Sunna,...

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Ep. 34: Islamic Principles #7: Abrogation

Listen Today on Episode 34: Islamic Principles #7: Abrogation Abrogation, while a technical subject in the science of jurisprudence, has a significant impact in how we understand the Quran today. In this episode I am openly promoting a certain interpretation that there...

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Ep. 31: Islamic Principles #6: Juristic Methodology

Listen Today on Episode 31: Islamic Principles #6: Juristic Methodology How can we make sense of Islam today? This is not only the name of this podcast, but a question that I’ve been obsessed with for decades. This series shares several first-principles...

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Ep. 30: Islamic Principles #5: The Arabic Language

Listen Today on Episode 30: Islamic Principles #5: The Arabic Language How can we make sense of Islam today? This is not only the name of this podcast, but a question that I’ve been obsessed with for decades. This series shares several...

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Ep. 29: Islamic Principles #4: The Patterns of Creation

Listen Today on Episode 29: Islamic Principles #4: The Patterns of Creation How can we make sense of Islam today? This is not only the name of this podcast, but a question that I’ve been obsessed with for decades. This series shares...

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Ep. 28: Islamic Principles #3: Understanding the Quran

Listen Today on Episode 28: Islamic Principles #3: Understanding the Quran How can we make sense of Islam today? This is not only the name of this podcast, but a question that I’ve been obsessed with for decades. This series shares several...

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Ep. 27: Islamic Principles #2: Mercy

Listen Today on Episode 27: Islamic Principles #2: Mercy How can we make sense of Islam today? This is not only the name of this podcast, but a question that I’ve been obsessed with for decades. This series shares several first-principles that...

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Ep. 26: Islamic Principles #1, Why were we created?

Listen Today on Episode 26: Islamic Principles #1, Why were we created? How can we make sense of Islam today? This is not only the name of this podcast, but a question that I’ve been obsessed with for decades. This series shares...