Author: Taha Jabir al-Alwani
Publisher: The International Institute of Islamic Thought (2006)
Pages: 171 Binding: Paperback
Description from the publisher:
For the first time, Muslims are faced with a worldwide positivism which is working to use knowledge, the sciences and their discoveries and acheivements in a manner which serves the relationship between the Creator, the created universe and man, thereby disregarding the wolrd of the unseen and driving a wedge between science and values.
Lacking even the most modest store of vital Islamic doctrine on the intellectual level, university students and researchers in the Islamic world are confronted with doctrines and philosphies which are presented to them together with flimsy, miserable defense of Islam. There is not a single academic institution in the Islamic world in which Islamic thought is taught and in which the Islamic vision is given a deep-rooted foundation with the same force and persuasivness with which Western ideas and the Western vision are taught to students in the West, in a coherent, comprehensive manner accompanied by seriousness and commitment on the part of all.
The book aruges that this approach is diametrically opposed to the Islamic perspective and that we must disengage human scientific acheivement from positivistic philosophical premises and reemploy these sciences within a systematci episteological framework based on divine revelation, conferring honor upon all forms of knowledge, as having been bestowed upon man by their Creator.