A multimedia, multi-faith publication about the ideas that shape the modern world from the first Muslim liberal arts college in the United States, Zaytuna College.
Are Believers a Political Tribe? (Asma T. Uddin and Caner K. Dagli)
In this episode, philosopher Caner K. Dagli speaks with attorney Asma T. Uddin on the path she sees for Muslims to effect real change for themselves without succumbing to tribalism and explores her views on the increasingly antiquated and often constricting allegiances of left and right.
Equality in the Ancient World with Juan Cole and Ubaydullah Evans
In this episode, Ubaydullah Evans interviews the historian Juan Cole on his forthcoming article for Renovatio that addresses the issue of equality by examining the text and context of the Qur’an.
What Makes a Book "Great"? Fr. Francisco Nahoe and Sarah Barnette
Sarah Barnette, a scholar of Victorian literature, speaks with Fr. Francisco Nahoe on great books and the pleasure of reading.
From Fanaticism to Faith: Joram van Klaveren and Ubaydullah Evans
Joram van Klaveren’s story is one about the dangers of fanaticism but also the courage to follow truth even when it is unpopular and life-altering.
The Decline of Language and the Rise of Nothing: Hamza Yusuf and Thomas Hibbs
Hamza Yusuf interviews President Thomas Hibbs, former president of the University of Dallas, on the importance of rekindling a love of language so we might better articulate ourselves and possess the words to describe our experience of the world.
Show notes: https://renovatio.zaytuna.edu/media/the-decline-of-language-and-the-rise-of-nothing
Philosophy without God (David Bentley Hart and Caner Dagli)
In this episode, Caner Dagli interviews David Bentley Hart about the state of philosophy and whether the believer can be hopeful about its future.
Show notes: https://renovatio.zaytuna.edu/media/philosophy-without-god
Renovatio is critical
Renovatio hosts meaningful discussions that aren’t happening in many other places. By bringing together diverse view points committed to truth and the exploration of big ideas, Renovatio is a critical space.
Renovatio is a much-needed journal and Zaytuna College under Shaykh Hamza has done an excellent job of highlighting the importance of metaphysics for our modern conidition.
Lots of Name Dropping and Trivia but No Argument as Usual
His gripe is that noone believes in mythology anymore, whereas mythology used to help keep behavior in order via the threats of sinning against God and wanting to please God. We are quite a bit beyond believing Muhammad, for example, rode on a mythical lightening fast animal into deep space while wearing what are essentially a robe and slippers. Hamza complains that the world is in ruin because we’ve lost the ‘check’ of mythology. Well, the world wasnt particularly peaceful under any mythology ever - especially Islam. The world now has vastly more knowledge and requires better paradigms than talking cows, virgins in heaven, or demons entering your bathroom. After all these years Hamza has failed to realize that he simply enjoys the culture and wishes it were true. Thus, he has not been able to develop any viable solutions outside conversion and the old co-opting of Judeo-Christianity scheme. If Muhammad were alive today, Muhammad wouldnt believe Muhammad. Very disappointed that Hamza is still stuck, nothing’s changed.