The Canonization of Islamic Law (Review Article)

Introduction I find Ahmed El Shamsy's 2013 monograph The Canonization of Islamic Law - A Social and Intellectual History more ambitious in scope than its more well-known counterpart Jonathan Brown's 2007 offering The Canonization of Al-Bukhārī and Muslim: The Formation and Function of the Sunnī Ḥadīth Canon. Shamsy is to be commended for the clarity of his writing … Continue reading The Canonization of Islamic Law (Review Article)

Conquering the Fear of Death

The Way of the Samurai is found in death. Meditation on inevitable death should be performed daily [Hagakure] Most existential thinkers and psychologists agree that at the root of our angst lies the fear of death, that great destroyer which has the potential to crush our sense of self (the ego). If unchecked this fear can metastasize … Continue reading Conquering the Fear of Death