Dr. Saad Ismail and Professor Saiyad Nizamuddin Ahmad engage in a stimulating and wide-ranging conversation on the following questions:
How do we define philosophy/wisdom? How do traditional ideas of philosophy differ from modern ones? How would one define Islamic philosophy? What intellectual currents paved the way to traditional cosmology becoming a ‘discarded image’ in the modern world? What has been the comparative fate of philosophy in the Sunni and the Shi’a world? How has the influence of Ghazali and Ash’ari nominalism contributed to the subsequent impoverishment of the Sunni philosophical landscape?
Are demons real? Can modern science account for demonic possessions? What does a world renowned psychiatric authority say on these questions? Dr. Richard Gallagher and Hasan Azad, PhD, discuss Gallagher's latest book, Demonic Foes (https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/0...) that looks at these very questions.
The world’s leading psychiatric authority on demonic possession delves into the hidden world of exorcisms and his own transformation from cynic to believer over the course of his twenty-five-year career.
'To do nothing at all is the most difficult thing in the world.' - Oscar Wilde
More than ever before, we live in a culture that excoriates inactivity and demonizes idleness. Work, connectivity and a constant flow of information are the cultural norms, and a permanent busyness pervades even our quietest moments. Little wonder so many of us are burning out.
How are digitial technologies re-shaping and re-directing what it means to be human?
Are we truly free in a digitally mediated world, or is it just part of the modern lexicon to assume that we are?
How can spirituality play a role as far as giving us greater agency in this world?
Hasan Azad, PhD, and Saad Ismail, MBBS, discuss.
Arthur Michael Kleinman is an American psychiatrist, psychiatric anthropologist and a professor of medical anthropology and cross-cultural psychiatry at Harvard University. He is well known for his work on mental illness in Chinese culture.
What are the key aspects of an Islamic Psychology?
What are some of the major psychological questions that the global Muslim community is struggling with? How can a heart-based approach to living and being - rooted in the Islamic tradition, and drawing theoretical and practical tools from western psychological paradigms - raise our collective consciousness? Dr. Marwa Assar and Hasan Azad, PhD, Columbia University, discuss.
In a two-part discussion Dr. Saad Ismail is joined by Dr. James Le Fanu, physician and acclaimed author of the award winning history "The Rise and Fall of Modern Medicine", to discuss the state of medicine today, over-diagnosis, over-treatment, and the increasing pharmaceutical encroachment upon our lives. In the second part, the discussion focuses on how science is rediscovering the mystery of ourselves, and how the human being cannot be accounted for in the purely materialistic terms of Neo-Darwinism and Neuroscience.
Why You Are Not Your Brain.
Philosopher & Physician Raymond Tallis in conversation with Saad Ismail on the intellectual diseases of 'Neuromania' and 'Darwinitis', on the insufficiency of naturalism in explaining consciousness, on humanism & anti-humanists, on God & transcendence, on the soul & afterlife, and on straddling multiple intellectual identities.
Medical Nihilism: The view that we should have little confidence in the effectiveness of medical interventions.
Philosopher of Medicine Jacob Stengenga and Saad Ismail (MBBS) discuss the varieties of skepticisms towards modern medicine, the place of alternative and indigenous medical traditions in postcolonial times, bias in medical research, the controversial nature of many psychiatric therapies, how aggressive pharmaceutical interventions might be doing more harm than good, and what a gentler medicine might look like.