Islam has a centuries long tradition of inspiring its adherents to contribute to humanity based on conviction in its tenets. Previous generations of Muslims were on the forefront of contributing to medicine, philosophy, architecture, and governance among other areas. We are an institute aiming to rekindle this tradition.
With the rise of Islamophobia on one side, and extremism on the other, Islam has been cast as irrational, incompatible with modern civilization, and inherently violent. This has put Muslims in a defensive position in which they constantly have to justify their convictions, while fighting off the natural doubts and insecurities that arise from such a climate. In fact, Atheism and Agnosticism is on the rise in the Muslim community at an alarming rate. As described by Luke Savage in his article New Atheism, Old Empire:
“It is simply impossible to imagine the commercial and intellectual success of the New Atheist project in a pre-9/11 world without both rising anti-Muslim sentiments across Western societies or neoconservative geopolitics.”
We aim to address relevant topics head-on with the help of the foremost experts in this space. In addition to translating and analyzing classical works on the subject matter, we also aim to actively participate in the current day discourse touching on all topics that are related to establishing conviction in the hearts and minds of Muslims, and battling the false notions that underlie Islamophobia and extremism. The institute aims to be the trusted source regarding these topics by creating engaging content in various formats, including journals, papers, articles, surveys, videos, conferences, and curriculum.
The Institute is a non-profit research initiative that will make all of its content free and accessible. This will allow everyone looking for answers, and those tasked with giving answers, to always have a comprehensive resource readily available to them.
We believe that telling our own story is the only way to counter the narrative that has been forced upon our community.
Our Areas of Focus
We aim to address relevant topics head-on with the help of the foremost experts in this space. Our work concentrates in the following areas:
Since its early days, Islamic scholarship has highlighted reason-based approaches to faith. In line with this tradition, we aim to explore both traditional and contemporary topics on the subject matter. Research will include topics such as the miraculous nature of the Quran, proofs of the prophethood, God’s mercy, atheism, evolution, and other topics.
With the rise of Islamophobia on one hand and extremism on the other, Islam has been cast as irrational, incompatible with modern civilization and inherently violent. This has put Muslims in a defensive position in which they constantly have to justify their convictions, while fighting off the natural doubts and insecurities that arise from such a climate. Research in this area will include topics such as Jihad, Shariah, gender issues, Muslim/Non-Muslim relations, slavery and explaining controversial texts in Islam.
Islam has a centuries long tradition of inspiring its adherents to contribute to humanity based on conviction in its tenets. Previous Muslims were on the forefront of contributing to medicine, philosophy, architecture, art and governance among other areas. In our efforts to rekindle this tradition, we will highlight present day efforts of Muslims who have been inspired by their faith to contribute positively to humanity.
Yaqeen is not your typical research institute. Our audience is ‘you’ – not policy makers. As a result, we believe that a unique approach is necessary in order to stay true to our mission.
We aim to raise the discourse in the Muslim community by making academic grade research material accessible to everyone.
We pledge to make every last piece of content we ever create free for everyone.
We urge our researchers to speak and write their minds. Even if unpopular. Even if contradictory to the opinions of other researchers.
Yaqeen will not take sides on any research topic. We believe our neutrality is the optimum way to foster dialog on the important topics of the day.
By providing a ‘behind the scenes’ view throughout the research process, a more nuanced understanding of the subject matter can be attained.
Disclaimer: The views, opinions, findings, and conclusions expressed in these papers and articles are strictly those of the authors. Furthermore, Yaqeen does not endorse any of the personal views of the authors on any platform. Our team is diverse on all fronts allowing for constant enriching dialogue that helps us produce only the finest research.