The Usuli Institute is a non-profit public benefit organization focused on education, research and publication. Their area of specialization encompasses all fields related to Islamic law. Under the guidance of Islamic scholar and jurist, Dr. Khaled Abou El Fadl, they are a team of dedicated academics, professionals and volunteers that are passionate about the beauty of the Islamic tradition. As an Islamic Think Tank they aim to counter ignorance and extremism by winning the War of Ideas and through reclaiming beauty, reasonableness, love and humanity in Islam.
Dr. Khaled Abou El Fadl writes:
“In contemporary Islam, the problem is not the text, but the reader. In most cases, the Islamic heritage is lost between analytically competent readers who are woefully incapable of penetrating the classical texts and readers who can decipher the classical texts, but who live in a time warp and are largely oblivious to the hermeneutic and analytic strategies of modern scholars. Put simply, the first group is equipped to handle modernity, but not the classical tradition, while the second group is in precisely the opposite position. This dilemma ought to be recognized as the real tragedy of modern Islamic scholarship.”