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January 3, 2022

Book Review: Ibn Taymiyya’s Theological Ethics

In Ibn Taymiyya’s Theological Ethics (Oxford University Press), Sophia Vasalou takes us on a fascinating journey through Ibn Taymiyya’s oeuvre. She marshals an impressive array of wide-ranging primary and secondary sources. She collects and collates the various strands in Ibn Taymiyya’s thought to give us a detailed picture of his ethics. This book review summarises her main arguments, highlights some of the book's shortcomings, and presents four ways how those who educate others about Islam can benefit.
December 31, 2021

Polemics as Caricature: The False Portrayal of Prophet Muhammad ﷺ by John of Damascus and Thomas Aquinas

This essay examines a historic Christian polemical tradition espoused by two high-ranking and influential Christian polemicists and apologists: John of Damascus and Thomas Aquinas. Falsely portraying Islam and Prophet Muhammad ﷺ was a key characteristic of the approach adopted by many Christian apologists. The Prophetic response to those who caricature Islam is to remain God-centric and morally upright.
December 15, 2021

The Burhān: Arguments for a Necessary Being Inspired by Islamic Thought

In The Burhān Mohammed Hijab analyses Ibn Sīnā’s argument for the existence of God and responds to popular and academic objections. Inspired by Islamic scholarship, Hijab provides novel arguments for God's existence and re-articulates Ibn Sīnā’s argument, making it accessible for theists to make the case for God.
November 2, 2021

Book Review: Arguments for God’s Existence in Classical Islamic Thought – A Reappraisal of the Discourse

The academic consensus is that Islamic philosophy puts great emphasis on rational proofs for God’s existence. In her book, Arguments for God’s Existence in Classical Islamic Thought, Hannah Erlwein seeks to overturn this consensus by a radical proposal. Her book is unlike anything else in the field.
October 23, 2021

Wrestling with Free Will: Reflections on Divine and Human Freedom

In theology, Divine determinism and human free will are one of the most contentious issues. Where is the space for human free will, with an omnipotent God who knows and wills the future? Is this not some kind of cosmic ventriloquism? If theological compatibilism is true, what is the mechanism through which Divine determinism and human free will can coexist?
October 13, 2021

Book Review: Darwin Devolves – The New Science About DNA That Challenges Evolution

A book review of Michael Behe's book, "Darwin Devolves: The New Science About DNA That Challenges Evolution". This review summarises Behe's key arguments, criticises some of his logical errors and explains how parents, students and those who seek to share Islam can use this book.
October 6, 2021

Book Review: Jihad, Radicalism, and The New Atheism

A book review of Mohammad Hassan Khalil's book, "Jihad, Radicalism, and New Atheism" published by Cambridge University Press. This review provides various insights for those interested in sharing Islam, specifically in the context of addressing misconceptions regarding Jihad.
September 7, 2021

Does the Qur’an say the earth is flat? Islamic scholarship & the multiplicity of readings approach

This article addresses the question of whether the Qur'an says the world is flat. This question is answered in a comprehensive way by referring to classical Islamic scholarship, the Qur'an and applying the multiplicity of readings approach.
July 12, 2021

Introduction to the “No Doubt” course

Fahad Tasleem and Hamza Tzortzis introduce ten effective strategies on how to deal with your and other people’s destructive doubts. This is a summary of the comprehensive and transformative course that was professionally filmed for Sapience Institute’s learning platform.
April 23, 2021

Ramadan Update: May 2020 – April 2021

Alhamdulillah. We are delighted to give you the opportunity to find out what we have achieved since our inception in May last year, including what we plan to achieve after Ramadan. We would like to thank you all for supporting us and believing in our vision. We all want to see a world that receives the message of Islam and for it to be a place where Muslims can academically and intellectually share their faith.
February 20, 2021

Nihilism as a Poison – Part 1: The Death of Meaning

In part one of a two part series, Yusuf Ponders introduces the reader to the problem of nihilism, its causes and its effects on society. The essay explores nihilism's relationship with meaninglessness, indifference to truth and amorality. Part one concludes with an introduction to part two: how Islam can be an effective antidote to the poison of nihilism.
January 28, 2021

The Doctrine of the Trinity: Man-Made or Divinely Revealed?

This seminar will present evidence from the writings of the early church fathers that the fourth century Niceno-Constantinopolitan conception of the Doctrine of the Trinity cannot be read out of the Christian Scripture. The Old and the New Testament do not teach a triune God that consists of three co-equal and co-eternal persons. It will be shown that, contrary to finding a co-equal Trinity in the Bible, the natural reading of the text presents a transcendent unipersonal one God. The writings of the early church fathers, who were either unitarians or subordinationists in varying degrees, will demonstrate that none of them were trinitarians as most Christians are today.
January 28, 2021

The Death of Meaning: Islam and Nihilism

Many books have been written professing to have an answer to the meaning of life, and these answers are always varied and often in conflict with one another. Despite this however, and before even engaging with the material, one might still ask: why is it so important for us to know whether or not our lives have meaning? Is it really essential in order for us to go on living? Meaning is essential to life. Nihilism rejects meaning. This free 4-week online course is designed to empower you on how to address the growing and destructive phenomenon of nihilism. This course will detail what nihilism is, what its causes are, its effects and why Islam is its antidote.
January 9, 2021

Awakening The Truth Within: An Advanced Dawah Training Course

This 6 week free advanced online dawah training course is designed to empower you to intellectually and academically share Islam. Based on the Islamic sources texts and the scholarly tradition, this course will provide a robust methodology to help you awaken the truth that lies within people's innate diposition. This course is a holistic course that aims to provide rational, existential, phenomenological, experiential and spiritual aspects of the dawah; all rooted in the Quran and Prophetic traditions.
January 9, 2021

Divine Perfection: The Concept of God, Salvation and Sin in Islam & Christianity

This free 6 week online course will discuss and assess the Islamic and Christian concept of God, from the perspective of maximal perfection, soteriology and harmatiology. This course will also respond to three of Dr. William Lane Craig’s main arguments against Islamic theism. For over a decade, Dr. Craig has formulated several arguments against Muslim belief. Craigs main arguments question Allah’s maximal perfection.
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