Join us as we examine the theme of modernism in light of Islamic belief. We will study both the challenges and opportunities of modernity, and how to navigate it intelligently in light of our theological and ethical principles.


Modernism in the Light of Islamic Belief

The theme of this year’s retreat is modernism, which is related to but distinct from modernity. Modernism, and its cognate post-modernism, are ideologies, while modernity designates the contemporary moment in which we live that poses both challenges and opportunities that we manage intelligently. Some of the fundamental philosophical transformations of modernity that we will study include: the devaluing of the past, the fallacy of progress, and idealism about the future; the disenchantment of the world and the destruction of nature; and the reduction of the intellect to its empirical capacity and the rejection of first principles. In connection with modernism, we will examine a number of the ideologies that sustain it, including liberalism, secularism, and feminism. We will also focus on how modernism has affected art and how transformationalist evolution has shaped our understanding of creation.

Program Overview

In the course of four days, we will embark upon a wide range of discourse and practical training that will cover the following:

Dr. Umar Faruq abd-allah

Sessions 1–5: Modernism in the Light of Islamic Belief

Dr. Karim Lahham

Session 1: An Attempt to Define Modernism
Session 2: What’s Wrong with Modern Art
Session 3: The Fallacy of Progress and the Secularization of Time

Dr. Mariam Sheibani

The Age of -Isms? Liberalism, Secularism, Feminism and the Re-fashioning of Islam
Session 1: The Invisible Ideologies of Liberalism and Secularism
Session 2: Feminism 101: Past, Present, and Future
Session 3: The Project of “Islamic Feminism”: Opportunities, Pitfalls, and Alternatives

A Nurturing Environment
Program Dates: February 28 — March 4, 2019

Over the course of 4 days, we will attempt to acquire practical, life changing lessons from Dr. Umar Faruq Abd-Allah and other scholars, and benefit from the company of Shaykh Sherif Muhammad Haydara al-Jilani. A typical day consists of roughly 6 hours of instruction, with ample time for relaxation and activities aboard the Le Fayan cruise boat. 


What's Included 

  • Intercity Flights: Cairo to Luxor and Aswan to Cairo

  • Land transportation to/from Cairo airport and excursions

  • 4 nights on the Le Feyan cruise boat

  • Meals

  • Tuition for sessions

  • 3-4 guided excursions

  • Day trip to Humaythara, the burial place of Sayyidina Abu al-Hasan al-Shadhili