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Znanost i muslimanski ummet i islamska koncepcija znanja
Science and Muslim umma and the Islamic concept of knowledge

Author(s): Mehdi Golshani
Subject(s): Islam studies, Middle-East Philosophy, Philosophy of Science
Published by: Fondacija “Baština duhovnosti”
Keywords: Qur’an; Sunna; natural sciences; Islam; knowledge; epistemology; physics; nature; knowing nature;

Summary/Abstract: For more than several centuries, Muslim scholars have been lagging behind world trends, although it is widely known and recognized that, in the past, they were the ones who paved the way and led and managed the world's flows in the field of science. In the following text, the author, himself a naturalist, attempts to give his view and answers to questions such as: What happened? Where did Muslims make mistake? What is Qur’an's view of knowledge? Should we only study religious sciences? Can we, may we and should we, from the perspective of Qur’an and Sunna, study any knowledge that brings us closer to knowing God and His Creation? Why and for which purpose should we study natural sciences and are there any boundaries? The author strives to cope with these problems as profoundly as he can and give us information and references from Qur’an and Sunna about the abovementioned questions, and much more. Furthermore, he not only wants to offer us answers to these questions, but gives us practical guidelines as how we, as umma, should behave and what should be our goal when we study natural sciences.

  • Issue Year: III/2017
  • Issue No: 8
  • Page Range: 28-43
  • Page Count: 16
  • Language: Bosnian