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

By Taner Edis

Present discussions within the West at the relation of technological know-how and faith concentration almost always on science's uneasy dating with the conventional Judeo-Christian view of lifestyles. yet a parallel controversy exists within the Muslim global concerning how one can combine technology with Islam. As physicist Taner Edis indicates during this attention-grabbing glimpse into modern Muslim tradition, a great deal of well known writing in Muslim societies makes an attempt to handle such complicated 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 factors? Edis examines the diversity of Muslim pondering technological know-how and Islam, from blatantly pseudoscientific fantasies to relatively refined efforts to "Islamize science". From the world's most powerful creationist pursuits to strange science-in-the-Quran apologetics, well known Muslim techniques advertise a view of common technology as an insignificant fact-collecting task that coexists in near-perfect concord with literal-minded religion. due to the fact that Muslims are keenly conscious that technology and expertise were the keys to Western luck, they're desirous to harness expertise to accomplish a Muslim model of modernity. but whilst, they're reluctant to permit technological know-how to develop into self sufficient of faith and are suspicious of Western secularisation. Edis examines all of those conflicting tendencies, 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.

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Rosen points out that complaints about corruption have increased with modernization, as modernization has led to the fraying of personal ties and the older relationship-based way of life. This comes as no surprise to anyone familiar with the history of modernization in Muslim lands. By today’s standards, the administration of the Ottoman Empire was thoroughly corrupt, even at the peak of its power, and reformers in the disintegrating empire and the later Republic of Turkey tried hard to establish more impersonal, merit-based structures.

All translations from Turkish are my own. I have tried to reproduce the originals as best as I can, including peculiarities in phrasing and grammatical errors in some cases. CHAPTER 1 TO SEEK KNOWLEDGE IN CHINA A RELIGION OF REASON “Seek uted to the prophet Muhammad, is known to millions of Muslims all over the world. I first encountered it during my early schooling in 1970s Turkey; I remember a teacher citing it to encourage us to work hard at absorbing the content of our textbooks. My classmates and I were usually more interested in playing outside than in schoolwork, so we must have needed a reminder that “our religion” honored learning, especially in scientific and technological areas.

Though these concentrate on Arab countries, their conclusions about science ring true for the Islamic world as a whole. com/news/islam (accessed December 2, 2006). 10 Fahmy Huwaidy, cited in Raymond William Baker, Islam without Fear: Egypt and the New Islamists (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2003), p. 153. 11 Mete Kaynar and İsmet Parlak, Her İle Bir Üniversite: Türkiye’de Yüksek Öğretim Sisteminin Çöküşü (Ankara, Turkey: Paragraf Yayınevi, 2005). 12 M. Fethullah Gülen, Essentials of the Islamic Faith (Fairfax, VA: Fountain, 2000), pp.

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