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Present discussions within the West at the relation of technological know-how and faith concentration typically on science's uneasy courting with the normal Judeo-Christian view of lifestyles. yet a parallel controversy exists within the Muslim global relating to how you can combine technology with Islam. As physicist Taner Edis exhibits during this interesting glimpse into modern Muslim tradition, a great deal of well known writing in Muslim societies makes an attempt to handle such difficult questions as: Is Islam a "scientific religion"? have been the discoveries of contemporary technology foreshadowed within the Quran? Are clever layout conjectures extra attractive to the Muslim viewpoint than Darwinian causes? Edis examines the diversity of Muslim puzzling over technology and Islam, from blatantly pseudoscientific fantasies to relatively subtle efforts to "Islamize science". From the world's most powerful creationist activities to extraordinary science-in-the-Quran apologetics, well known Muslim techniques advertise a view of typical technology as a trifling fact-collecting job that coexists in near-perfect concord with literal-minded religion. due to the fact that Muslims are keenly acutely aware that technological know-how and expertise were the keys to Western luck, they're desirous to harness know-how to accomplish a Muslim model of modernity. but whilst, they're reluctant to permit technology to turn into self sustaining of faith and are suspicious of Western secularisation. Edis examines all of those conflicting developments, revealing the problems dealing with Muslim societies attempting to adapt to the fashionable technological global. His discussions of either the parallels and the variations among Western and Muslim makes an attempt to harmonise technological know-how and faith make for a different and interesting contribution to this carrying on with debate.

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For example, prominent Egyptian Islamists urge their compatriots to do more of the critical work needed for development, observing that compared to Arabs, on a per capita basis, Israel has ten times the number of scientists, thirty times the money to spend on research and development, and seventy times the number of scientific publications. 10 Almost all Muslim countries suffer from a brain drain, where students leave for Western countries to complete science and engineering doctorates, often not returning because the conditions for research and intellectual life are so much more favorable in the West.

A ğ lengthens the preceding vowel. And ş sounds like the sh in shower. 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.

Inquiries should be addressed to Prometheus Books 59 John Glenn Drive Amherst, New York 14228-2197 VOICE: 716-691-0133, ext. COM 11 10 09 08 07 5 4 3 2 1 Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data Edis, Taner, 1967- An illusion of harmony : science and religion in Islam / by Taner Edis. p. cm. ISBN 978-1-59102-449-1 (alk. paper) eISBN : 97-8-161-59225-0 1. Islam and science. 2. Islam and reason. I. Title. 2’65—dc22 2006032642 Printed in the United States of America on acid-free paper PREFACE While working as a physicist, I have also long been interested in questions about religion, philosophy, and the nature of science.

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