ALIM Summer Program 2018


Saturday, July 8 – Sunday, July 30, 2017.

The ALIM Summer Program is an intensive retreat seeking to educate and empower Muslims with the requisite knowledge to understand their religion in the light of a changing world.

May 1, 2017


The New Kalam

Working in office situation

Ilm al-Kalām, the term applied to theology in classical Islam, occupies an interesting place in our history. Much more than law (fiqh), its intellectual counterpart, theology became the focus of the nascent Islamic civilization’s conversation with the world around it. .

Ubaydullah Evans on April 14, 2017


Politically Speaking, Who Am I, And What Do I Want As An American Muslim?*


When the Prophet Muhammad moved from Mecca to Medina, he declared that the Muslims and the rest of the inhabitants of his new home constituted an ummah. This is explicitly, not implicitly, laid out in the so-called Constitution or Ṣaḥīfah of Medina.

Dr. Sherman Jackson on January 3, 2017


Discussing Controversy: Hamza Yusuf at RIS

I still remember my first encounter with Shaykh Hamza Yusuf. I was an 18yr old newly-minted convert attending a Nawawi Foundation event in Chicago. Initially unsure of what to expect, I sat spellbound….

Ubaydullah Evans on December 27, 2016


ALIM Winter Program

Winter Program 2018


November 30, 2016


The Election of Donald Trump: A Referendum on Liberalism?

I am not a political conservative, at least not in the American tradition of that brand. First, conservatives tend to be “no-men” who merely act as brakes on liberal progress…

Dr. Sherman Jackson on November 13, 2016


And Now Medina: Beyond the Elephant’s Shadow


I do not know the specific grievance that drove the suicide bomber to his despicable deed in our beloved Medina, Islam’s second holiest city. I suspect, however, that it had something to do with some perceived decline in…

Dr. Sherman Jackson on July 9, 2016


After Ali: The American Muslim Community Between Principle & Interest

Jackson Funeral Muhammad Ali

The funeral and memorial service of our beloved champion Muhammad Ali has inspired the American Muslim community and spawned a new sense of possibility. The explicit and heartfelt national recognition of Ali’s legacy more

Dr. Sherman Jackson on June 15, 2016

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