Re: [asa] FW: Resource on Islam and science

From: Janice Matchett <>
Date: Thu Aug 16 2007 - 10:57:41 EDT

>From: <>
>On Behalf Of Adams, Paul Sent: Monday, August 13, 2007 2:24
>PM Posted for Don DeGraaf
>"..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. .." ~ Don DeGraaf UM-Flint, Flint, MI

@ The "why" question is dealt with here if you're interested:

Wednesday, August 15, 2007 - Ordained and Tenured Apes of God and Science

"...excerpts of an interview with an Egyptian

~ Janice

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