This episode I am joined by Princeton Academic Nebil Husayn. He sheds light on numerous questions related to faith vs. spirituality. What is faith? What is the difference between “having faith” and “being spiritual”? Can someone be “spiritual” without having to be “religious”? Husayn answers these questions and more. You can find more about Husayn’s area of expertise by visiting his Princeton website here.
Topics Covered in this Episode
- Faith vs Spirituality
- What is faith?
- What is blind faith?
- What is meant when someone is “spiritual but not religious”?
- How can we tell if something believed is a result of “blind faith” or not?
- How do/can Muslims know anything with certainty?
About Professor Husayn
Nebil Ahmed Husayn received his BA in Middle Eastern studies from the University of Virginia, with a concentration in Arabic, Persian and early Islamic history. A Fulbright fellowship from 2004-2006 provided an opportunity to complete research in Syria, where he became the Public Relations Director for the Hāshimid Genealogy Trust. In addition to research on the history and segmentation of Alid populations, he completed seminary coursework in Arabic, comparative law, history and theology in Syria and Tarim, Yemen. He received an MA in Arabic and Islamic studies from the Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations Department at Harvard University in 2010. He is currently a Ph.D candidate in the Near Eastern Studies department at Princeton University. Husayn is also an instructor for “The Study of Muslim Conflicts,” a course open to the public that has been offered at both Princeton and Harvard University.