Advancing theological and scientific literacy for today’s ʿulamāʾ
1.4.6 Shariah in Today’s World
Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque: Colonade III, United Arab Emirates. Andrew Moore, 2015.
Renewal of religious discourse in Islam (tajdeed) has taken center stage due to the turmoil in Muslim lands nowadays. While the concept of tajdeed is legitimate, the implication (occasionally stated explicitly) that religious discourse is the root cause of the many problems from which Muslim-majority countries suffer is unfair (Yaqeen Institute, 2019).
In this essay, Dr. Hatem al-Haj argues that renewal and adaptation are necessary to correct misunderstandings and restore values and principles, over and above technicalities, to practices that are now out of alignment given a changing world.
The Madrasa Discourses project proposes that a conciliation of traditional Islamic thought with contemporary scientific and philosophical worldviews can result in orthodox affirmations of human dignity essential for peaceful coexistence in a pluralistic world.