Occasionalism and Causality – Re-thinking Al-Ghazali’s alleged opposition to Science

In the Muslim tradition, the questions around occasionalism and causality arose in the early days of the Muslim Golden Age of Science when scholars like…

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This is the Muslim tradition of sci-fi and speculative fiction

Think invisible men, time travel, flying machines and journeys to other planets are the product of the European or ‘Western’ imagination? Open One Thousand and One…

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Causality and Divine Action: Islamic Perspective

By Mohammad Hashim Kamali; Definition, Scope, And Perspectives On Causality; Scholastic Theology; Ibn Sina, al-Ghazali and Ibn Rushd on Causality; Determinism and Free Will.

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Science in Islamic philosophy

Islam attempts to synthesize reason and revelation, knowledge and values, in its approach to the study of nature. Knowledge acquired through rational human efforts and…

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How to take Islam back to reason

Science and Islam are intimately linked. This sounds odd. First, because we normally think of religion as harmfully hostile to science. Wasn’t there a long…

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The triumph of traditionalism

There are many reasons for the decline of Islamic science, but much of the blame can be laid at al-Ghazali’s door

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The Erasure of Islam

One cannot have a revolt on behalf of reason in Islam because reason is central to its worldview: reason is the other side of revelation…

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5 Islamic Philosophers Every Muslim Must Read

Islamic intellectual culture suffers from a philosophy deficit. While there are a few philosophical thinkers in the Muslim World today none of them enjoys the…

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Ziauddin Sardar

Ziauddin Sardar (1951–) may be surprised at this characterisation, but in my view he can be considered as a modern-day version of Ibn Rushd, albeit…

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Muslim Astronomer Weighs In On The Religion-Science Debate

Over at Big Questions Online, astronomer Nidhal Guessoum asks Why Should Scientists Care About Religion? “As a Muslim scientist,” he writes, “I spend much time…

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The Role of Bewilderment

The philosophical definition of scientific truth is a debated issue. Apart from theories which are not self-consistent and should be either rapidly eliminated, or re-elaborated,…

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The Structure of Reality

What is the spiritual lesson we can draw from the scientific pursuit of modern cosmology ? It seems that, in spite of its program to…

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