Human Origins Part 4: Some Evidence for a Unique Human Origin

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم، وصلوات الله وسلامه على أشرف المرسلين In the name of God, Most Gracious, Most Merciful. So far (in parts one, two and three), I have analyzed the evidence brought forward to support human-chimp common ancestry. Taking a bird’s eye view of the situation, it’s apparent that the idea of common descent […]

Human Origins Part 3: The Fossil Record, and Other Lines of Evidence

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم، وصلوات الله وسلامه على أشرف المرسلين In the name of God, Most Gracious, Most Merciful. Check out part 1 here if you haven’t already, which was an intro to this series of posts, and part 2 which is about human-chimp similarities. In this post, I’ll discuss the fossil record, population genetics, evolutionary psychology, […]

Human Origins Part 1: Introduction

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم، وصلوات الله وسلامه على أشرف المرسلين In the name of God, Most Gracious, Most Merciful. A subject that has received significant attention and discussion is that of human evolution, and the consequences it has for our religious, philosophical, or metaphysical beliefs. I want to address this topic from a Muslim point […]

Artificial Intelligence and What It Means To Be Human

Originally posted on Traversing Tradition:
You’ve probably seen the videos. A robot walking or crawling around, sensing its environment and figuring out how to do human-like tasks, such as opening doors. They’ve even learned how to do back flips now. The videos go viral on social media every few months, along with terrified reactions about…

A Brief Historical Introduction of the Demise of Islamism in Algeria: Part One

Originally posted on Bint Balad al-Unnâb:
Algerian society has increasingly reorganized itself since the beginning of the 20th century to better fit the Western model, despite its consistent “anti colonial”, isolationist rhetoric. This phenomenon can be traced back to the emergence of the Young Algerians, a term used as early as 1911 which describes…

Review of Ertugrul Season 1

To fight against injustice is not just about personal benefit, it’s a duty and an honor. These are excellent themes and it’s great seeing a TV show promoting them… We should definitely popularize Muslim-friendly shows that encourage good and provide positive role models for Muslim youth.

Dr. Jonathan Brown on Historical Criticism of Islamic Primary Texts

A post based on my lecture notes from a talk given by Dr. Jonathan Brown, where he discussed the historical critical method and how it’s been applied to Islamic texts and especially hadith.