In his featured and cover article for the Harvard Divinity Bulletin, Dr. Zain Abdullah starts from his own narrative to explore what it means to be Muslim in today’s world. He argues that this mode of being religious is a slippery slope, because the word “Muslim” itself has been deployed across multiple political categories, socio-cultural contexts, and sacred domains. For Islam, abuses have struck the faith from the hands of Muslims themselves and outsiders. Still, he claims, an engagement with the Qur’an as a living text captures the enduring quality of the Islamic spirit.