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Friday, May 24, 2024

Shaykh Charles Hasan Le Gai Eaton : Islam: The Religion of Middle Way - Radical Middle Way- Dec 2005 London

 YouTube Video: https://youtu.be/Iyvqfh2wupA?si=ONlXVsdePQNPcBa5

Charles Le Gai Eaton: Life & Works ( Part 1/2) - MattersofFaith - October 13, 2010

https://youtu.be/oxTcdnt3lEc?si=smv6OUCQzLz2CeSZ

Charles Le Gai Eaton: Life & Works ( Part 2/2) - MattersofFaith - October 14, 2010

https://youtu.be/_ckoFlzm1g8?si=j9G2F0joIh5bhuoz

The aim of this book is to explore what it means to be a Muslim, a member of a community which embraces a quarter of the world's population and to describe the forces which have shaped the hearts and the minds of Islamic people. After considering the historic confrontation between Islam and Christendom and analysing the difference between the three monotheistic faiths (Judaism, Christianity, and Islam), the author describes the two poles of Muslim belief in terms of 'Truth' and 'Mercy'--the unitarian truth which is the basis of the Muslim's faith and the mercy inherent in this truth. In the second part of the book he explains the significance of the Qur'an and tells the dramatic story of Muhammad's life and of the early Caliphate. Lastly, the author considers the Muslim view of man's destiny, the social structure of Islam, the role of art and mysticism and the inner meaning of Islamic teaching concerning the hereafter.Amazon: Islam & the Destiny of Man: Islam and the Destiny of Man by Charles Le Gai Eaton is a wide-ranging study of the Muslim religion from a unique point of view. The author, a former member of the British Diplomatic Service, was brought up as an agnostic and embraced Islam at an early age after writing a book (commissioned by T.S. Eliot) on Eastern religions and their influence upon Western thinkers. As a Muslim he has retained his adherence to the perennial philosophy which, he maintains, underlies the teachings of all the great religions.                                             https://www.amazon.com/-/es/Charles-Gai-Eaton/dp/088706163X

A Tribute to Gai Eaton at Brookwood Cemetry: Explore with Michael - April 16, 2023


In Memory of My Father Charles Hasan Le Gai Eaton - Leo Eaton's Keynote Speech at Radical Middle Way's 5 Year Memoriam for Gai Eaton - Opinion April12, 2015 

Monday, May 20, 2024

Robert D. Crane (Faruq Abd al-Haq): The Natural Law of Compassionate Justice, An Islamic Perspective - Rumi Forum - 6/27/2011

Dr. Robert Dickson Crane, is the former adviser to the late President of the United States Richard Nixon, and is former Deputy Director (for Planning) of the United States National Security Council. He has authored or co-authored more than a dozen books and over 50 professional articles on comparative legal systems, global strategy, and information management. Dr. Crane got his B.A. from Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois, in 1956, graduating summa cum laude, with majors in political science, economic planning and Sino-Soviet studies. He went on to obtain his J.D. from Harvard Law School, Cambridge, MA in 1959 with specialty in comparative legal systems and international investment. His thesis was titled "The Accommodation of Ethics in International Commercial Arbitration" and was published in the Arbitration Journal, Fall 1959. At Harvard, he also founded the Harvard International Law Journal and acted as the first president of the Harvard International Law Society. Dr. Crane was admitted to the District of Columbia Bar in 1960. Dr. Crane will present the high lights of his new book, "The Natural Law of Compassionate Justice, An Islamic Perspective." Dr. Crane is a Muslim scholar who writings has inspirer and enlighten his readers around to world. The book is offering new ideas with in the universal teaching of Islam. His is an American respective with focus on religious freedom, compassionate justice, human rights in Islam, and forging a global strategy for the future. We think his voice is one of balance, meaning and inspiration.

YouTube Video:https://youtu.be/Lpr3MKdCkQc?si=sIRTDYWXchvSBkK9

Amazon:The Natural Law of Compassionate Justice, An Islamic Perspective: Robert D.Crane     book offers new concepts within the universal teachings of Islam. His is an American respective with focus on religious freedom, compassionate justice, human rights in Islam, and forges a new global strategy for the future. We think his voice is one of balance, measure and inspiration for our time.https://www.amazon.com/Natural-Compassionate-Justice-Islamic-Perspective/dp/B01FKUTRVM/ref=sr_1_3?dib=eyJ2IjoiMSJ9.KuZU7V5y7xS0WxJJVHNL162GIn_JsAU8A6MN3d1JIrXp_f-t9cQI8tr2AkztU3GQEyNxGkVNubQU5qRtDF6Xjw.KnKyniMIbxXC7JRcPySNFcOeFCi3eyukZifMBcEIRSA&dib_tag=se&qid=1716234286&refinements=p_27%3ARobert+Dickson+Crane&s=books&sr=1-3

The American Muslim Journal: The Natural Law of Compassionate Justice: A missing Dimension of Religion in the Public Square http://theamericanmuslim.org/tam.php/features/articles/the_natural_law_of_compassionate_justice_a_missing_dimension_of_religion_in/

Wikipedia Biography Robert Dickson Crane:https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Dickson_Crane

Ramadan Foundation International: Memorial for Dr.Robert Dickson Crane-Facebook Video https://www.facebook.com/ramadhanfoundationinternational/videos/memorial-for-dr-robert-dickson-crane/330299985408951/

Peace for Harmony Org : Robert D Crane: Strategy of Harmony & Justice -https://peacefromharmony.org/?cat=en_c&key=516

Tuesday, May 14, 2024

Sainthood & Authority in Early Islam:Al-Hakim al-Tirmidhi's Theory of Waliaya & the Reenvisioning of the Sunni Caliphate - Aiyub Palmer

In Sainthood and Authority in Early Islam Aiyub Palmer looks at the political, religious and social structures that underlay notions of Islamic authority up through the 4th Islamic century.

Review'Dr. Palmer's thoughtful and well documented examination of the rise and development of the concept of "sainthood" in ascetic-mystical Islam is intimately relevant to the ongoing intellectual and theological debates in the Muslim world and in Muslim diaspora communities over normative notions of Islamic doctrine and practice.                                                                                                                                                           

Alexander Knysh, Professor of Islamic Studies, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

Author: Aiyub Palmer is an Assistant Professor of Arabic and Islam in the College of Arts and Sciences at University of Kentucky. Dr. Palmer's research focuses on the social and theoretical foundations of early Islamic authority, looking particularly at early Islamic sainthood.

https://www.amazon.com/Sainthood-Authority-Early-Islam-Reenvisioning/dp/9004408304

Review: Traditional Hikma -Atif Khalil

https://traditionalhikma.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/02/Review_of_Sainthood_and_Authority_in_Ear.pdf

Ph.D Thesis:The Social and Theoretical Dimensions of Sainthood in Early Islam: Al-Tirmidhī’s Gnoseology and the Foundations of Ṣūfī Social Praxis.Doctor of Philosophy (Near Eastern Studies) In the University of Michigan (373 Pages)

https://deepblue.lib.umich.edu/bitstream/handle/2027.42/113454/aiyub_1.pdf?sequence=1&isAllowed=y

Shaykh Abdal Hakim Murad:“Klossowski's reading of Nietzsche from an Islamic viewpoint”.ITC Video Keynote

Prof. Tim Winter - Islamic Theology Conference Video Keynote: “Klossowski's reading of Nietzsche from an Islamic viewpoint” - St.Andrews Encyclopedia of Theology-May 13, 2024

Youtube Video: https://youtu.be/wC8YJfyOkOY?si=FZzo2AVfBVAKNXmL

Islam’s characteristic integration of a full monotheism with social and denominational difference lies at the heart of its attempt at a Dionysian supersession of Apollonian religion. Recent studies of the Muslim ‘culture of ambiguity’ by Wael Hallaq, Thomas Bauer and others, have emphasised the pre-modern Muslim love of provisionality, but offer few clues about its source. In this lecture we will be considering how one of Nietzsche’s most important interpreters may shed light on the nexus between tawhid and the celebration of a biotic order which by its nature remains in creative flux and indeterminacy. For more information, visit the conference website: https://itc.wp.st-andrews.ac.uk/

Amazon: A Culture of Ambiguity: An alternative History of Islam - Thomas Bauer

In the Western imagination, Islamic cultures are dominated by dogmatic religious norms that permit no nuance. Those fighting such stereotypes have countered with a portrait of Islam’s medieval “Golden Age,” marked by rationality, tolerance, and even proto-secularism. How can we understand Islamic history, culture, and thought beyond this dichotomy?

In this magisterial cultural and intellectual history, Thomas Bauer reconsiders classical and modern Islam by tracing differing attitudes toward ambiguity. Over a span of many centuries, he explores the tension between one strand that aspires to annihilate all uncertainties and establish absolute, uncontestable truths and another, competing tendency that looks for ways to live with ambiguity and accept complexity. Bauer ranges across cultural and linguistic ambiguities, considering premodern Islamic textual and cultural forms from law to Quranic exegesis to literary genres alongside attitudes toward religious minorities and foreigners. He emphasizes the relative absence of conflict between religious and secular discourses in classical Islamic culture, which stands in striking contrast to both present-day fundamentalism and much of European history. Bauer shows how Islam’s encounter with the modern West and its demand for certainty helped bring about both Islamicist and secular liberal ideologies that in their own ways rejected ambiguity―and therefore also their own cultural traditions.

Awarded the prestigious Leibniz Prize, 
A Culture of Ambiguity not only reframes a vast range of Islamic history but also offers an interdisciplinary model for investigating the tolerance of ambiguity across cultures and eras.

https://www.amazon.com/Culture-Ambiguity-Alternative-History-Islam/dp/0231170645

Monday, May 13, 2024

"Talking with Teachers" Dr. Abdullah bin Hamid Ali interviews Shaykh Hasan Spiker - Lamppost Education Initiative - May13, 2024

 YouTube Video:

https://youtu.be/WDFjGdVOPKs?si=rTaHsXCj7FsEwSaa

Join us for an enlightening episode of the Talking With Teachers Podcast as we delve into the fascinating realm of metaphysics with esteemed guest Shaykh Hasan Spiker. Gain profound insights into Shaykh Hasan's background and his exploration of the Western philosophical tradition's interpretation of metaphysics, featuring prominent thinkers such as Aristotle and Kant. Discover the rich legacy of Islamic intellectual tradition through the lens of the great Ottoman scholar and teacher, Mulla Funari, as Shaykh Hasan sheds light on his invaluable contributions. Dive deep into the essence of metaphysics and expand your intellectual horizons with this captivating discussion. Please support the Lamppost Education Inititiave. Your donations help Lamppost provide high quality content for English speaking Muslims all over the world. Visit us at: https://lamppostedu.org/donate to contribute and aid Islamic education from qualified Muslim scholars. Please subscribe to the channel and leave a comment below! For our online courses, go to: https://www.lamppostedu.org/courses Be sure to subscribe to our YouTube Channel and share our Islamic content with your family and friends.

Shaykh Hasan Spiker's Biography:Hasan Spiker is a philosopher and comparative scholar of Islamic, Greek, and modern thought. Spiker spent twelve years studying the Islamic sciences in the Middle East, primarily under the tutelage of the Iraqi sage and theologian al-Sayyid Quṣayy Abū al-Siʿd. Upon his return to the United Kingdom, Spiker entered the University of Cambridge where he completed his MPhil, and is currently carrying out his doctoral research, in philosophy. From 2014-2022 Spiker was a researcher on Tabah Foundation’s ‘Classification of the Sciences’ project, widely lauded as one of the most significant contemporary attempts to renew the epistemological and metaphysical foundations of traditional Islamic philosophical thought. His main areas of study in Islamic thought are i) the intersection of ʿilm al-kalām (Muslim theology), Avicennan philosophy, and ʿilm al-taḥqīq (experiential metaphysics), as well as ii) the metaphysical foundations of ethics; in Greek thought, the Neoplatonic critique of Aristotelian immanentism; and in modern thought, the philosophy of Kant, the metaphysics of freedom, and the possibility of metaphysics. He joined Zaytuna College as a lecturer in philosophy and logic in 2022, and as of 2023, serves as a faculty member at Usul Academy. https://www.usul.academy/faculty Hasan Spiker's Posts about his teacher " The Allama & Mutakallim, al-Sayyid Qusayy Abu al-Si'd al-Rifa'i al-Husayni: You will call me biased, but I have never met a Sufi or an Alim who comes within a country mile of this man. A poem by Shaykh Dhakir al-Hanafi in praise of my beloved Murshid,the great Allama:

facebook.com/permalink.php? ابنُ الكرامِ، أخُو المكارمِ والتقى *ابنُ الرّفاعيْ وابنُ حيدرةَ الوَصِيْ

ذاك المفدَّى والمُقدَّمُ في العلى * السيدُ الجَحْجَاحُ والمَولَى قُصَيْ
حبرٌ جَليلٌ شَامِخٌ يُنْمَى إلى* آلِ (أبو السِّعْدِ) الوليِّ المُخْلَصِ
وَرِثَ المَفاخِرَ كابرًا عن كابرٍ * فشُؤونُ مجدِ علاهُمُ لا تَنحصِي
لِمْ لا وَجَدُّهمُ العظيمُ مُحَمَّدٌ * ذاكَ الذي وَطِئَ السّماءَ بأَخْمَصِ
فالزمْ حِماهُ يا صُويحِبُ إنّها*من نائباتِ الدهرِ خيرُ مُخلِّصِ
واظفَرْ بِمَنهجِه السَّوِيِّ ولا تَحِدْ *واسْتَعصِمَنَّ بِحبلِهِ ولْتَحرِصِ
مولايَ زِدْهُ منَ العطاءِ تكرّمًا*عَمِّمْ له الخيراتِ رَبّيَ واخْصُصِ
واحفظْه معْ نَجلَيهِ مِن باغٍ ومِن * ذي خِدعةٍ وغوايةٍ مُتَرَبِّصِ

Mulla Shams ad-Din Muhammad ibn Hamzah al-Fanari (Arabic: محمد بن حمزة الفناري, Turkish: Molla Şemseddin Mehmed Fenari), 1350–1431, known in short as Molla Fenari was an Ottoman logician, Islamic theologian, Islamic legal scholar, and mystical philosopher of the school of Ibn ʿArabī. Source: Wikipedia
Mulla Fanari & the Misbah al-Uns: The Commentator & the Perfect Man PDF - Alan Godlas
Ayn Al-A'yn: The First Prominent Quranic Commentary in Ottoman History : Halim Calis

Hasan Spiker's Books: * Things as They are: Nafs al-Amr and the Metaphysical Foundations of the Objective Truth - Amazom: https://www.amazon.com/Things-They-are-Metaphysical-Classification/dp/9948860748

Thursday, May 2, 2024

Shaykh Abdal Hakim Murad: Paradigms of Leadership - Abdurrahman Wahid (Gus Dur) - Cambridge Muslim College - May 2, 2024

YouTube Video

Muslim history brims with detailed accounts of incredible leaders. Some are better known than others but they all demonstrated a range of beautiful leadership qualities that we can learn from today.In this ongoing Lecture Series, Shaykh Abdal Hakim Murad chooses exemplary figures in Islamic history of every generation, geography and gender, drawing out particular lessons for us: both in the way they carried themselves through society and in the principles they employed in handling the urgent challenges of their day. This lecture is about life & times of Abdurrahman Wahid (RA) known as Gus Dur, Prominent Muslim Scholar & former President of Indonesia (1999-2001).

Amazon: Gus Dur: An Authorized Biography of Abdurrahman Wahid -Greg Barton

In October 1999, Abdurrahman Wahid, almost blind and recovering from a nearfatal stroke, was elected as Indonesia's fourth president. Referred to as 'Indonesia's surprising new president' by the Economist, the man who had commanded the highest respect of his fellow countrymen for his lifetime devotion to public service, liberal democracy and tolerant Islam, was impeached in humiliating and controversial circumstances less than two years later. Wise to some, insolent to others, Abdurrahman's mercurial style of leadership constantly confounded critics and ultimately caused him to be widely misunderstood by both domestic and international observers. For the first time, biographer Greg Barton delves beneath the surface and gives us a unique insight into the man and his world drawn from his long relationship with Gus Dur - including being at his side during the final extraordinary months of the presidency. Those interested in the drama of modern Indonesian politics will find this book provides a fascinating and invaluable account of the enigmatic Gus Dur.


Articles:
*The implications of Democratizatin towards Deformalization of Islamic Law in Indonesia: Study on Abdurrahman Wahid's thoughts - Abdul Ghofur, Walisongo Islamic State University, Semarang, Indonesia

* President Abdurrahman Wahid's Efforts to Consolidate the Democratic Transition from the Soeharto Authorotarian Regime, Saefur Rochmat, Universitas Negeri Yogyakarta - https://www.researchgate.net/publication/321363681_President_Abdurrahman_Wahid's_Efforts_to_Consolidate_the_Democratic_Transition_from_the_Soeharto_Authoritarian_Regime

Abdurrahman Wahid's Concept of Non-violent Approach to Building Peace, Mujab Muhammad, Universitas Islam   https://www.researchgate.net/publication/319495655_ABDURRAHMAN_WAHID'S_CONCEPT_OF_NON-VIOLENT_APPROACH_TO_BUILDING_PEACE

Multicultural Type of Da'wah:Abdurrahman Wahid on Islamic Transformation to Indonesian Multiculturalism, Ahidul Asror  https://www.journalppw.com/index.php/jppw/article/view/690

* Pribumization: The Epistemology Of Abdurrahman Wahid's Thought (Gus Dur) Muhammad Misbakhul Munir IAIN Syekh Nurjati Cirebon, Indonesia  file:///Users/User/Downloads/10-Article%20Text-92-2-10-20230807.pdf

* Abdurrahman Wahid Obituary, Former Indinesian President who championed humam rights  https://www.theguardian.com/theguardian/2010/jan/03/abdurrahman-wahid-obituary 



Decolonizing the Muslim Mind with Professor Joseph Lumbard: Blogging Theology - April 28, 2024

 YouTube Video https://youtu.be/u2g5dyxQtRQ?si=oX7wBHt8QiUBEWo1


Articles

* Decolonizing Qurʾanic Studies : Joseph E.B.Lumbard, College of Islamic Studies, Hamad Bin Khalifa University, Doha,Qatar - MDPI -2/17/2022 

Abstract

The legacy of colonialism continues to influence the analysis of the Qurʾan in the Euro-American academy. While Muslim lands are no longer directly colonized, intellectual colonialism continues to prevail in the privileging of Eurocentric systems of knowledge production to the detriment and even exclusion of modes of analysis that developed in the Islamic world for over a thousand years. This form of intellectual hegemony often results in a multifaceted epistemological reductionism that denies efficacy to the analytical tools developed by the classical Islamic tradition. The presumed intellectual superiority of Euro-American analytical modes has become a constitutive and persistent feature of Qurʾanic Studies, influencing all aspects of the field. Its persistence prevents some scholars from encountering, let alone employing, the analytical tools of the classical Islamic tradition and presents obstacles to a broader discourse in the international community of Qurʾanic Studies scholars. Acknowledging the obstacles to which the coloniality of knowledge has given rise in Qurʾanic Studies can help us to develop more inclusive approaches in which multiple modes of analysis are incorporated and scholars from variegated intellectual backgrounds can engage in a more effective dialogue.
Full Article : 
https://www.mdpi.com/2077-1444/13/2/176

* Islam and the Challenge of Epistemic Sovereignty:Joseph E.B.Lumbard, College of Islamic Studies, Hamad Bin Khalifa University, Doha,Qatar - MDPI - 3/13/2024

Abstract

The search for knowledge has been central to the Islamic tradition from its inception in the Quran and the sayings of the Prophet Muhammad (aḥādīth). The injunctions to obtain knowledge and contemplate the signs of God in all things undergird a culture of ultimate questions in which there was an underlying epistemic unity among all fields of knowledge, from the religious sciences to the intellectual sciences to the natural sciences. Having lost sight of the underlying metaphysic that provides this epistemic unity, many thinkers in the modern period read the classical Islamic texts independently of the cognitive cartography and hierarchy of which they are a part. This approach leads to further misunderstandings and thus to a sense of hermeneutical gloom and epistemic subordination characteristic of coloniality. Postcolonial theory provides effective tools for diagnosing the process by which this epistemic erosion produces ideologically and epistemically conscripted subjects. But as it, too, arises from within a secular frame, it is only by understanding the cognitive cartography of the sciences within Islam that epistemic confidence and sovereignty can be reinstated.

Dr. Joseph Lumbard is Associate Professor of Quranic Studies at CIS. He has previously taught at the American University of Sharjah, Brandeis University, and the American University in Cairo. He also served as Advisor for Interfaith Affairs to the Jordanian Royal Court. He received his PhD in Islamic Studies from Yale University and has studied with scholars in Morocco, Egypt, Yemen, Jordan, and Iran. His scholarship contributes to the fields of Islamic philosophical theology, Sufism, and Quranic studies. He served as author, translator, and general editor for The Study Quran (HarperOne 2015), which has been heralded as one of the most important contributions to Islamic studies in the English language. His current research incorporates aspects of Quranic studies, philosophy and theology to focus upon the development of epistemologies in Islam.Link:https://www.hbku.edu.qa/en/staff/dr-joseph-lumbard