Putting a Rope on Tradition

“Traditional Islam is not the replication of the positions of the ancients; it is to seek what they sought”.[1] Introduction During my doctoral research, an ethnography of a Dār al-‘Ulūm (madrasa) in Britain, the notion…

Qur’an, Meaning, and the Meaningful

“If a lion could speak, we couldn’t understand him.” Ludwig Wittgenstein, Philosophical Investigations What is the best way to encounter God’s Word? For centuries Muslims have debated how best to approach the Qur’an’s sacred language….