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Modern Science and the Eclipse of Tawhîd

My purpose today is to suggest some of the issues that need to be raised from the side of Islamic thinking in any discussion of “religion and science.” For “religion,” I will keep in view the Islamic intellectual tradition, especially in its later stages, when it achieved a synthetic view……….. Modern Science and the Eclipse […]

Do All Things Possess Awareness?

In An Essay on Man, the eighteenth-century British poet Alexander Pope offers a succinct formulation of an age-old philosophical doctrine about reality. This doctrine, which Arthur Lovejoy refers to as the “great chain of being,” maintains that existence is hierarchical and organically linked…………….. The Great Chain of Consciousness (Renovatio 1.1, 2017)

Islamic Art and Spirituality

Islamic Art and Spirituality By Seyyed Hossein Nasr   Islamic Art has been the subject of study by Western scholars since the nineteenth century and by Western-trained Muslim savants for several decades. It has, moreover, come to receive special attention during the past two or three decades by the larger public as a distinct category […]

An Introduction to Islamic Cosmological Doctrines

An Introduction to Islamic Cosmological Doctrines CONCEPTIONS OF NATURE AND METHODS USED FOR ITS STUDY BY THE IKHW AN AL-~AFA’, AL-BIRUNI, AND IBN SINA   This study opens up a relatively unexplored, hence unfamiliar, aspect of Islam. The ~ajority of mo?ern Muslim ration~lists will no doubt join in chorus with the formalist orthodox theologians to […]

Universalism in Islam

Is there a ‘universal validity of all religions’ after the coming of revelation to the Prophet (SAW)? Is there evidence for such a notion in traditional sources of Islam? “Many Western academics specializing in the field of religious studies, including all the so-called traditionalists, support the notion of universal validity of all religions.  How can […]