Renovatio: The Podcast

Renovatio Podcast

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..

  • 35 minutes 8 seconds
    The Limits of Aggression

    Asma Afsaruddin argues that jihad (martial engagement) as articulated in the Qur’an and by numerous classical Muslim scholars is primarily defensive in nature. The crux of her argument relies on relevant verses from the Qur’an and prominent Sunni exegetes such as Ibn Abbas, Mujahib ibn Jabbar, and Fakhr al-Din al-Razi. These commentators, writes Asfaruddin, argue that the Qur’an only authorizes Muslims to retaliate against those who aggress upon them. In conversation with Ubaydullah Evans, Asma Afsaruddin draws out the major arguments of her recent article Justice, Nonaggression, and Military Ethics in Islam.

    18 July 2024, 4:14 pm
  • 37 minutes 59 seconds
    The Trouble with Consciousness (Mark Delp and Esme Partridge)
    1 June 2024, 12:00 pm
  • 34 minutes 4 seconds
    We Are Not Our Brain (Muhammad Faruque and Esme Partridge)

    Modern science identifies the self with the brain, but this materialist conception of the self is wholly insufficient. 

    31 May 2024, 9:00 am
  • 35 minutes 56 seconds
    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.

    24 October 2023, 1:49 pm
  • 42 minutes 43 seconds
    "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.

    Recommended Read: 

    The Egalitarian Objection to Liberal Education,” Thomas Hibbs, Renovatio

    15 March 2023, 11:14 pm
  • 42 minutes 55 seconds
    "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. 

    15 March 2023, 11:09 pm
  • 43 minutes 42 seconds
    "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. 

    Recommended Read: 

    How the Cult of the Self Undermines the Rule of Law,” Chris Hedges, Renovatio

    15 March 2023, 11:04 pm
  • 47 minutes 18 seconds
    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.
    8 April 2022, 4:06 pm
  • 44 minutes 41 seconds
    What, Other Than God, Do We Worship?

    Listen and read show notes on Renovatio: https://renovatio.zaytuna.edu/media/what-other-than-god-do-we-worship

    30 March 2022, 6:45 pm
  • 58 minutes 3 seconds
    Protection from Power with Mohammad Fadel and Lawrence Jannuzzi

    Listen and read show notes on Renovatio: https://renovatio.zaytuna.edu/media/protection-from-power

    10 December 2021, 5:22 pm
  • 46 minutes 4 seconds
    What Is the Nature of Being Alone? (Stephen A. Gregg and Asad Tarsin)
    5 November 2021, 2:38 am
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