Yaqeen Institute for Islamic Research

S2E11 – Smartphones are Hijacking our Spirituality | DoubleTake

Modern technology has made it easier than ever to instantly connect with a world far bigger than our local neighborhoods. It’s given us the opportunity to learn, work, and keep up with our loved ones no matter where we are, and in the midst of a global pandemic, this has been a blessing for a lot of people.

However, the smartphone era has also introduced new challenges to our spirituality that we aren’t always aware of. Are smartphones tools that we can use to our benefit, or are they designed to be harmful? What are the spiritual consequences of our over-reliance on social media and modern technology? What can we do to mitigate the harms of technology as we strive to connect with God? I

n this episode, host Mohamad Zaoud talks to Dr. Zara Khan, author of the Yaqeen Institute paper, “Taking Account of Tech: Fulfilling Our Personhood in the Smartphone Era.”

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Dr. Zara Khan

Dr. Zara Khan

RESEARCH DIRECTOR | Dr. Zara Khan is an educator and researcher who studied Political Science and social justice at the City University of New York. Having specialized in comparative political philosophy and critical theory, her main hope is to contribute to the Islamicization of profane knowledge, particularly in education, politics, culture and economics.