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The Intellectual Challenge Facing Contemporary Islamic Scholarship
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Written by Louay Safi   
Sep 16, 2003 at 07:00 PM

Language, perhaps the most mysterious element of human existence, enables us to acquire some insight into the human spirit. When used as an instrument for expressing ideas and sharing feelings, it helps externalize individual consciousness and makes it accessible to others. But it is also an instrument for shaping individual consciousness by means of internalizing notions and ideas shaped by others. Human consciousness, both individual and collective, thus presupposes language.  

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