The Spaces In-Between: Dihliz (pronounced deh-leez in Persian and Urdu and dih-leez in Arabic) is the single word that describes the space between the house proper and the street. This in-between space also describes my own existential position between several antinomies. Welcome to, where I share about Islamic law, Muslim ethics and other related topics.

As scholar, writer and public intellectual my priority is to provoke critical thinking and questioning in matters of religion, politics, philosophy and society. While tradition is important, I think of myself as a critical traditionalist. My work is animated by our quest to find meaning in our planetary existence, our dilemmas in our encounter with science and technology yet I am deeply indebted to the ancient wisdom of religion, philosophy, the humanities and the insights of the social sciences.

Featured Posts

Imām al-Ghazālī Workshop 16 December 2023, Masjidul Quds Institute, Gatesville, Cape Town, South Africa

Moosa contribution to the Muwaṭṭaʾ Roundtable on Islamic Law Blog– Harvard Law School

Appointment as Mirza Family Professor of Islamic Thought & Muslim Societies at the University of Notre Dame

Why Saudi Arabia Must Suspend the Hajj

About Ebrahim

Scholarship, writing and reaching out to communities across the world are some of the things that give me fulfillment in life. Here I will share with you some aspects of my scholarship in Islamic thought as well as give you my opinion about issues that interest me and updates of my most recent travels.

I am an Islamic Studies professor at the University of Notre Dame with expertise in Muslim ethics, studies in Ghazali, modern Islamic philosophy and literature.

Featured Book

What is a Madrasa?

Drawing on his own years as a madrasa student in India, Moosa describes in fascinating detail the daily routine for teachers and students today. He shows how classical theological, legal, and Qur’anic texts are taught, and he illuminates the history of ideas and politics behind the madrasa system. Addressing the contemporary political scene in a clear-eyed manner, Moosa introduces us to madrasa leaders who hold diverse and conflicting perspectives on the place of religion in society.