Science And Religion In Islam
For at least two centuries, Muslims have identified Science and Technology as keys to Western success, and have been determined to Import science and appropriate it for Muslim ends. Today, however, the Muslim World is not only near-negligible in Scientific productivity, but it generates popular pseudoscientific ideas that can compete with the best conservative Christians and New Agers have to offer. From the worldÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s strongest creationist movements to bizarre science-in-the-Quran apologetics, popular Muslim approaches promote a view of Natural science as a pragmatic, non-theoretical, fact-collecting activity that exists in glorious harmony with literal-minded faith. Islam supports the science; but a full and continuous science, which does not include conjectures, a science which does not stop to take responsibility for explaining some facts after a point, a science able to explain itself too. Islam being the Ultra-Science gives us tools to understand everything including science; and bestows upon science the place it deserves; while in the present mentality, science is something that makes us understand physical, chemical, Biological events; but does not provide us with any tool to understand itself.
S R Ali
S.R. Ali MA (Arabic) and PhD in Islamic Studies and his area of specialization is Rationalism in Islam and Islamic Science. He has authored one book in the are of his interest and has presented papers in various seminars and conferences and presently he is the Assistant Scientist completion his project at the university level.
Preface v 1. Historical Islamic Views of Science 1 2. Different Views of Science from Modern Islam 35 3. Science and Medicine 73 4 Scientific Progress and Technological Advances in Muslim Countries 131 5. Speed of Technological Progress and Comparison to Western Scientific Progress 171 6. Islamic View of Social Science and Their Applications 221 7. Conservative and Liberal Islamic Views of Science 243 8. Islam’s Reaction to the West and Modernization 265 Bibliography 283 Index 287