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Aug 27, 2017

Eid al-Ad'ha is a blessed and significant time in the Muslim calendar in which the great sacrifice of our father Abraham peace be upon him and his son is commemorated. It also presents an opportunity to clarify the epistemological difference between Muslim and non-Muslim vegans. The choice to give up the consumption of meat and other animal products for a Muslim is not based on the same foundation as a non-Muslim, and Eid al-Ad'ha is a time to practically show how that is.

Topics addressed in this episode include the ruling on sacrificing an animal on Eid, how the Companions of the Beloved ﷺ approached this question and why a number of them stopped sacrificing animals on Eid al-Ad'ha, and the evolution of moral judgment on eating meat.

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Aug 20, 2017

I receive many questions and comments through Andalus Online and Facebook, and in this second round of Listener Interactions, I delve into some of them.

Topics addressed in this episode include the difference in opinion on the identity of who Ibrahim peace be upon him was instructed to sacrifice (Isaac or Ismail), how I get the most out of what I read and remember key points and data, studying Islam, philosophy, and medicine at the same time, what to do about shaken foundations of belief, is it allowed for men to express an opinion about the hijab?, and how can a convert to Islam deal with an Islamophobic family?

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Aug 14, 2017

Modern culture can be characterized as one that elevates feeling over fact and equivocates between equality of opportunity and equality of outcome. Islamic cosmology and the Quran teach that the male and the female are equal, yet different opposing parts of a whole. Their relationship is that of complementarity as opposed to sameness.

Despite the indefatigable efforts to attribute all differences between men and women to social roles imposed by culture and upbringing, studies in the fields of anatomy, neuroscience, psychology, and social psychology have established that nature plays an important role in producing differences that make men and women as collective group significantly different from each other in some key areas. Though a spectrum may exist in some of their traits, men and women are each distinct from one another and these differences give rise to differences in disease, behaviour, and what they consider as priorities in life.

Topics addressed in this episode include the cosmological role and status of women in Revelation and Prophethood, impact of sex hormones on brain development, emergence of sex differences between boys and girls, differences in personality traits between men and women, and how these underlie the gender pay gap.

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Aug 6, 2017

Where is political authority to be grounded - in claims of revelation, or in claims of human reason? The relationship and tension between religion and politics was called by the German-American philosopher Leo Strauss the "theologico-political" problem. Advocates of secularization theory, such as Karl Marx, Max Weber, and others saw the rise of religious diversity and attacks against religious belief, coupled with the fall political authority that drew on claims of divine appointment as conditions that would ultimately lead to the disappearance or at the very least the privatization of religion. However, their prediction has not come to fruition. Moreover, the context in which secularization arose in Western Europe is a specific one that has given rise to falsely generalized assumptions about the relationship between religion and politics, many of which do not apply in the Islamic context.

Topics addressed in this episode include the Islamic conception of what religion is, the role religion plays in politics, whether secularism is compatible with Islam, and brief remarks about the development of political thought in the Islamic tradition.

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