ISLAM AND SCIENCE -Explorations in the Fundamental Questions of the Islam and Science Discourse
Explorations in the Fundamental Questions of the Islam and Science Discourse Dr. Muzaffar Iqbal Islam and Science takes a long sustained look at the relationship between Islam and science and tells the story of Islam and science from its beginning, through its entire vicissitudes, leading up to the present arena of debates and debacles where contending trends and agendas collide and a new nexus, a liberated discourse awaits to emerge. He has told it intelligently and in a thorough going’ manner with the benefit of hindsight which makes it possible to rise above the level of immediate practical responses and to consider the issues at stake with clarity of vision and objectivity. It provides an authentic discourse on the Islamic understanding of the physical cosmos, God’s relationship to the created world and the historical and cultural forces that have shaped and defined Muslim attitudes towards. science. What was Islamic in the Islamic scientific tradition? How was it rooted in the Quednic worldview and whatever happened to it? These are some of the facets of this rich and fascinating account of a tradition that spans eight centuries and covers vast geographical region. Muzaffar explores the process of appropriation and transformation of the Islamic scientific tradition in Europe during the three centuries leading up to the Scientific Revolution, providing the necessary background for understanding the contemporary relationship between Islam and modern science.