Embrace the social teachings of Islam by rethinking modern individualism.

Embrace the social teachings of Islam by rethinking modern individualism.

Modern Reading vs. Heart Reading


From narrations of the Prophetic Traditions, we see that among those the Qur’an benefits are: the one who recites even a single letter; the one who recites well and the one who struggles with reciting; the one who recites singly and the one who recites in a group; the group that studies it as well as the group that simply recites; and the one who uses it as a “charm” or source of healing.

Unfortunately, the reality of some Western and Western-influenced Muslims is that they ignore these latter modes of benefiting from the Qur’an, and value only the command to ponder its meanings.

Based off the article A Call to Devotion: Reading the Qur’an as a Modern Muslim.

Lecture “Modern Reading vs. Heart Reading” by Dr. Fareeha Khan from “A Cure For Those Who Believe” webinar, April 2020.


Dr. Fareeha Khan

Fareeha Khan is an intellectual historian with a strong interest in how the classical Islamic disciplines of law and spirituality continue to provide meaning and ethical direction for Muslims in the modern age. She is an affiliated scholar at Willamette University (where she has also served as assistant professor) and is Advisory Editor for the Oxford Encyclopedia of Islam and Law.   She holds an MA from the University of Chicago in Middle Eastern Studies and a PhD in Islamic Studies from the University of Michigan (where she studied under Dr. Sherman Abdul Hakeem Jackson and Dr. Barbara Metcalf).   She has studied with Muslim scholars in Jordan, the US and Canada, and is a founding member of the Sila Initiative. Born and raised in Chicago, she now lives with her husband Ibrahim Mansoor in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia where she continues to write and conduct research.