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.
The Ancient Roots of Transhumanist Thinking
Lenn E. Goodman, an expert on Jewish and Islamic metaphysics, joins Esme Partridge to discuss the philosophical heritage of AI (artificial intelligence)—which he locates in the medieval and renaissance study of alchemy, which ultimately sought to create man from matter—and the implications of our rapid embrace of AI.
"Is a Great Books Education for Everyone" with Thomas Hibbs
"One thing that is true of [the Great Books] list is that you cannot… think that it is a unified, monolithic view of the truth. Hobbes and Machiavelli disagree vehemently with Plato, right? There's some continuity there, but Aquinas does not agree with David Hume, who is an atheist. So, at a minimum, an honest reading of that tradition is an introduction not to a monolithic unified conception of what the truth is, but to a series of important debates."—Thomas Hibbs
Philosopher Thomas Hibbs and host Ubaydullah Evans explore one of the most repeated objections to the universal benefits of a liberal arts education.
“The Egalitarian Objection to Liberal Education,” Thomas Hibbs, Renovatio
"The Knowledge that Transcends the Empirical World" with Hasan Spiker
"The empirical in the traditional notion of reason is only one component in the uncovering of our knowledge. But knowledge really involves uncovering the intelligible object. So what that means is the intelligible object is not there in the empirical world—that actually means transcending the empirical world to make contact with this intelligible essence."
Zaytuna lecturer Hasan Spiker identifies the true ground of objectivity in a conversation with Esme Partridge.
"The Decline of Morality Amidst the Celebration of the Self" with Chris Hedges
“If your ultimate concern is yourself, if you have spent your life building a monument to yourself, then in biblical terms, that’s idolatry. I think we live in an idolatrous society… I think it is extremely difficult for people to achieve a moral life without a community.”
Chris Hedges speaks to Renovatio editor Safir Ahmed about what fuels our contemporary narcissism and prevents us fulfilling our moral obligations to our selves and to society.
“How the Cult of the Self Undermines the Rule of Law,” Chris Hedges, Renovatio
Sculpting the Self with Muhammad U. Faruque and Esmé Partridge
In this podcast, Muhammad U. Faruque speaks with Esme Partridge on his recently published book, Sculpting the Self: Islam, Selfhood, and Human Flourishing, which examine notions of selfhood and subjectivity before and in the modern period.
Muhammad U. Faruque is Inayat Malik Assistant Professor at the University of Cincinnati.
Esmé L. K. Partridge is a writer on Islamic thought and the dynamics between tradition and modernity in a secular age.
What, Other Than God, Do We Worship?
In a thought-provoking exchange, Rushain Abbasi, a scholar of Islamic thought, and Omar Qureshi, provost of Zaytuna College, present their ideas of why shirk retains theological utility for Muslims today because the concept goes far beyond idols of stone. Ubaydullah Evans facilitates the conversation.
Rushain Abbasi is a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in the Humanities and Lecturer in the Department of Religious Studies at Stanford University.
Omar Qureshi is provost of Zaytuna College and a scholar of educational philosophy, ethics, theology, and Islamic law,
Ubaydullah Evans is the scholar-in-residence of the American Learning Institute for Muslims (ALIM) and an instructor with the Ta’leef Collective.
Thought-provoking, inclusive, and inspiring
These conversations are great examples of people having constructive dialogues coming from different philosophical traditions. The differences are acknowledged and maintained without sacrificing respect for the different traditions. I end up learning about other traditions as much as my own, which draws me closer to my own community and our neighbors. The topics are interesting and I typically need to listen to the discussions more than once given the richness of the conversations. Wish we had more high-quality programming like this.
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.