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The Berkeley Institute for Islamic Studies

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On 12/13/2018 at 9:12 AM, Qa'im said:

The Berkeley Institute for Islamic Studies (BLIIS) is a non-profit organization that was established in 2017 and is based in Berkeley, California. It was founded with the goal of promoting scholarship on Islam and Islamic cultures both historical and contemporary. The institute’s academic research on Islam includes a broad range of academic disciplines from theology to law, and from anthropology to political science.

The institute encourages an interdisciplinary approach to the academic study of Islam. Within the Islamic tradition, the institute promotes research on those areas which have had relatively little attention devoted to them in Western academia to date. These include the intellectual and literary expressions of Islam in general.

As a new kind of online academic institution, the Berkeley Institute for Islamic Studies is aimed at a high-visibility context and its digital platform makes the institute cost-effective for high-value content compared to traditional academic departments.

Our website has been launched. You can access our academic research and essays for free here: http://www.bliis.org/

Salam, Brother. May Allah protect you, downpour His blessings upon you, and make you succeed in all your Islamic endeavors. 

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Here are some of the articles I have authored in the last year.

A Green Christmas: Jesus’ Birthdate in the Islamic Tradition http://www.bliis.org/essay/jesus-birth-Islam/

Glimpses of Christ in ‘Ali b. Abi Talib: http://www.bliis.org/essay/jesus-christ-Ali/

Zizek vs. Peterson: A Muslim Perspective http://www.bliis.org/essay/zizek-peterson-Muslim/

Book Review: Finding W.D. Fard http://www.bliis.org/research/book-review-finding-w-d-fard-unveiling-nation-Islam/

Callers to Monotheism and Prophethood in Jahiliyya http://www.bliis.org/research/prophethood-jahiliyya/

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11 hours ago, Qa'im said:

Muslim Perspectives on St. Paul: http://www.bliis.org/research/saint-paul-Islam/


From outside of the Christian context it appears obvious that Paul deviated from the teachings of Jesus (عليه السلام). So, I find it difficult to see why some Islamic scholars would consider Paul a follower of Jesus (عليه السلام). The only explanation would be that they didn't have much information on Paul and worked with the little that they had. 

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