Download e-book for iPad: An illusion of harmony: science and religion in Islam by Taner Edis

By Taner Edis

ISBN-10: 1591024498

ISBN-13: 9781591024491

Present discussions within the West at the relation of technology and faith concentration mostly on science's uneasy dating with the conventional Judeo-Christian view of lifestyles. yet a parallel controversy exists within the Muslim global relating to how you can combine technological know-how with Islam. As physicist Taner Edis exhibits during this interesting glimpse into modern Muslim tradition, a great deal of well known writing in Muslim societies makes an attempt to handle such difficult questions as: Is Islam a "scientific religion"? have been the discoveries of contemporary technology foreshadowed within the Quran? Are clever layout conjectures extra beautiful to the Muslim standpoint than Darwinian motives? Edis examines the variety of Muslim pondering technology and Islam, from blatantly pseudoscientific fantasies to relatively subtle efforts to "Islamize science". From the world's most powerful creationist hobbies to weird and wonderful science-in-the-Quran apologetics, well known Muslim techniques advertise a view of normal technology as an insignificant fact-collecting task that coexists in near-perfect concord with literal-minded religion. seeing that Muslims are keenly acutely aware that technology and expertise were the keys to Western luck, they're wanting to harness expertise to accomplish a Muslim model of modernity. but even as, they're reluctant to permit technology to turn into autonomous of faith and are suspicious of Western secularisation. Edis examines all of those conflicting traits, revealing the problems dealing with Muslim societies attempting to adapt to the fashionable technological global. His discussions of either the parallels and the diversities among Western and Muslim makes an attempt to harmonise technology and faith make for a special and exciting contribution to this carrying on with debate.

Show description

Read Online or Download An illusion of harmony: science and religion in Islam PDF

Similar islam books

Read e-book online Popular Sufism of Eastern Europe: Sufi Brotherhoods and the PDF

This can be a detailed description of many of the Sufi orders and routine which entered into the Balkans, the Crimean peninsula and different elements of jap Europe following the Ottoman conquests. a number of the Sufis got here from Christian societies, largely from an jap Orthodox historical past, yet others, similar to the Bosnians, from churches that have been accused or suspected of heterodoxy of trust and of antinomianism.

Sijpesteijn, P. (ed.), Petra M. Sijpesteijn, Lennart's From al-Andalus to Khurasan (Islamic History and PDF

This quantity collects papers given on the convention ""Documents and the historical past of the Early Islamic Mediterranean World"", together with variations of unpublished records and ancient experiences, which utilize documentary facts from al-Andalus, Sicily, Egypt, the Arabian Peninsula, Syria and Khurasan.

Download e-book for iPad: Two Worlds of Islam: Interaction between Southeast Asia and by Fred R. Von Der Mehden

Within the first wide attempt to evaluate the altering nature of kinfolk among those very important Islamic areas, the writer investigates the measure to which universal faith has encouraged financial ties, the level of Southeast Asian political involvement within the center East and of heart East curiosity in Southeast Asia, and the nature and quantity of international non secular concept attaining Muslims in Southeast Asia.

Read e-book online The Armenians in the Medieval Islamic World: Medieval PDF

Within the 3rd quantity of the trilogy, Seta B. Dadoyan makes a speciality of social and cultural features, instead of the middle political concentration exhibited in her first volumes. Her goal is to signify political readings of those issues and comparable texts by means of revealing hitherto unstudied and novel interactions within the towns of Asia Minor through the Mongol interval.

Additional info for An illusion of harmony: science and religion in Islam

Example text

15 Clearly, poverty has a lot to do with the Muslim lag in science, although oil-rich Arab countries have not been able to translate their wealth into intellectual contributions. Social and cultural factors are also important. For example, one reason most Turkish universities suffer from a lack of quality is that many of them are shells recently created for political purposes rather than established intellectual institutions. A new university in the provinces means government investment, students, and a revival of local trade, so voters love having a new university.

For example, what is the role of external influences such as colonialism and simple poverty in keeping science hobbled in Muslim lands? What about social factors, such as widespread corruption, which do not have an obvious connection to religion? No doubt lack of resources is a large part of the story. Modern science is long past the stage where important discoveries can be made without expensive equipment and institutional support. Erdal İnönü, a Turkish physicist, examined the Turkish world rankings in scientific publications, and noted that while Turkey came in forty-fifth in per capita publications in 1999, it was forty-seventh in per capita income.

With the exception of some extreme traditionalists and mystics, almost all think that technological development is imperative in order to improve their lot. And so, whether liberal modernists or fundamentalists, Muslims assert that Islam and science not only coexist in complete harmony but that Islam and science mutually support each other. It is unfortunate that in the area of science, the West has leapt ahead of the community of Muslims, the umma. In fact, many say that Europeans only built upon the heritage of Muslim science at the peak of Islamic civilization, while Muslims fell away from the purity of their religion and allowed themselves to stagnate.

Download PDF sample

An illusion of harmony: science and religion in Islam by Taner Edis

by Edward

Rated 4.91 of 5 – based on 23 votes