Synopses & Reviews
The essays presented in The History and Philosophy of Islamic Science
discuss the principles behind the different sciences cultivated in the Islamic world from the third century of the Islamic era onwards and the place of science in relation to other branches of Islamic learning. In defining what Islamic science means, Professor Osman Bakar shows how these sciences are organically related to the fundamental teachings of Islam. Covering all the natural and mathematical sciences, The History and Philosophy of Islamic Science
illustrates what Islamic science shares with modern science. Professor Osman Bakar also highlights where the Islamic approach to science differs from the secular, modern approach.
"A most valuable contribution...It opens up, with clarity and simplicity, the philosophy of Islamic science." —Islamic Quarterly
The essays in this volume cover a wide range of topics in the history and philosophy of Islamic science. The main aim is to reveal the different dimensions of the link that exists between spiritual and scientific knowledge.
Discusses the sciences cultivated in the Islamic world from the ninth century to today, examining the place of science in relation to other branches of Islamic learning.
About the Author
Professor Dato' Dr Osman Bakar
is Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic Affairs) of the University of Malaya, Malaysia and an authority on Islamic science. He is the author of Classification of Knowledge in Islam
published by The Islamic Texts Society.
Table of Contents
Part One: The Epistemological Foundation of Islamic Science
Religious Consciousness and the Scientific Spirit in Islamic Tradition
The Question of Methodology in Islamic Science
The Place of Doubt in Islamic Epistemology: al-Ghazzali's Philosophical Experience
Part Two: Man, Nature, and God in Islamic Science
The Unity of Science and Spiritual Knowledge: The Islamic Experience
The Atomistic Conception of Nature in Ash'arite Theology
An Introduction to the Philosophy of Islamic Medicine
Part Three: Islamic Science and the West
The Influence of Islamic Science on Medieval Christian Conceptions of Nature
Umar Khayyam's Criticism of Euclid's Theory of Parallels
Part Four: Islam and Modern Science
Islam and Bioethics
Muslim Intellectual Responses to Modern Science
Islam, Science and Technology: Past Glory, Present Predicaments, and the Shaping of the Future
Appendix: Designing a Sound Syllabus for Courses on Philosophy of Applied and Engineering Sciences in a 21st Century Islamic University