[asa] FW: Resource on Islam and science

From: Adams, Paul <padams@umflint.edu>
Date: Mon Aug 13 2007 - 14:23:58 EDT

Posted for Don DeGraaf

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Colleagues,

A new thoughtful article is a very useful resource to help us relate
to Muslim scholars and students.

The article is, "Science and the Islamic world - The quest for
rapprochement," by Pervez Amirali Hoodbhoy, Prof of Physics at
Quaid-i-Azam University in Islamabad.

Hoodbhoy asks and answers: ".what explains [the] meteoric rise [of
religious fundamentalism] in Islam over the past half century?" (p.
54)

Theme: "Internal causes led to the decline of Islam's scientific
greatness long before the era of mercantile imperialism. To
contribute once again, Muslims must be introspective and ask what went
wrong."

Hoodbhoy addresses the question, "With well over a billion Muslims and
extensive material resources, why is the Islamic world disengaged from
science and the process of creating new knowledge?" He writes,
"[This] arrested scientific development is one important element -
although by no means the only one -that contributes to the present
marginalization of Muslims and a growing sense of injustice and
victimhood." (p. 49) His article describes many facets of the
challenges facing Muslims, and especially intellectuals, in their
desire to learn and serve well.

This article appears in Physics Today, August 2007, pp. 49-54.

Anyone can access this article. Go to www.physicstoday.org
<http://www.physicstoday.org/> . On the home page, under HIGHLIGHTS
in the center of the page, click on the title listed below. The
entire article is there.

In this issue of Physics Today there is also a related news story on
pp. 33-34, "Saudi Arabia sets up Research University." King Abdullah
has given $10 B and begun steps to create the King Abdullah University
of Science and Technology in a new university town on the Red Sea.
Classes will be taught in English. There is a promise of cultural,
religious, and academic freedom.

To read this story, you will need to go to your university library or
find a physicist who subscribes to PT.

Don DeGraaf

UM-Flint, Flint, MI

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