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elevating ethics, critical thinking, and dignity through education

An intensive immersion into the unique moral messages in each of the 114 chapters of the Quran, the fruit of this scholar's lifetime relationship with the Quran. We are working towards publishing the first original comprehensive Quranic commentary (tafsir) in over 40 years. Learn more here.

Dr. Khaled Abou El Fadl delivers a virtual Friday weekly address (khutbah) and congregational prayers (jumu'a). Join us live on The Usuli Institute YouTube Channel beginning at 12:45 pm Eastern Standard Time. 

A 100,000+ book collection that is a testament to a scholar's lifelong quest to save the Islamic intellectual tradition. Preserving, teaching and learning from these sources forms the backbone of The Usuli Institute.

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Our Founder Dr. Khaled Abou El Fadl and Executive Director Grace Song engage a variety of guests to delve deeper into the issues facing Muslims in the modern day. A few of our guests include Ramy YoussefTareq Al-Suwaidan@GazanGirl, and Abdullah Alaoudh

Part of our mission is to support, empower and create a space for those who have been blessed and burdened with the gift of choosing Islam, and who choose to live as empowered and enlightened human beings in our current time as Muslims.

reclaiming truth through intellectual activism

"...To win this very real war that has done inestimable damage to so many Muslims and to the truth of the Islamic faith, it is absolutely imperative that moderates declare a counter-jihad against the puritan heresy. This is not a call for the shedding of blood; it is a call for matching the zeal of puritans through unrelenting intellectual activism. This is a counter-jihad to reclaim the truth about the Islamic faith and win the hearts and minds of Muslims and non-Muslims all around the world..."

- Khaled Abou El Fadl

The Great Theft: Wrestling Islam from the Extremists

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"Islamic discourses on the nature, and function of dogs are representative of a range of tensions regarding the roles of history, mythology, rationality, and modernity in Islam. In fact, the debates surrounding the avowed impurity of dogs, and the lawfulness of possessing or living with these animals were one of the main issues symbolizing the challenging dynamic between the revealed religious law, and the state of creation or nature. In addition, certain aspects of these debates pertained to the power dynamics of patriarchy, and more generally, the construction of social attitudes towards marginal elements in society...”

Khaled Abou El Fadl

Dogs in the Islamic Tradition


We are so grateful to receive beautiful messages and pictures from our friends around the world! This heartwarming picture features a reading group in Australia that has been discussing Dr. Abou El Fadl's book, Reasoning with God: Reclaiming Shari'ah in the Modern Age.


A few short Usuli excerpts taken, all of which are posted on our Instagram and multimedia platforms with behind-the-scenes photos and reshareable clips!

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The Movement to Reinvigorate Beautiful and Ethical Islam has begun.  Join us.

Your donation to The Institute for Advanced Usuli Studies will help fund important work to combat extremism and ignorance. We are a 501(c)(3) non-profit public charity dedicated to research and education to promote humanistically beautiful and morally elevating interpretations of Islam. We seek to support our brightest minds to advance knowledge and to build a community of individuals founded on dignity, respect and love for all of God's creation. See The Usuli Institute Credo for our statement of values. Please give generously to support a beautiful, reasonable and vibrantly human Islam for future generations to come. All donations are tax-deductible and zakat eligible.


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