Author: S. Waqar Ahmed Husaini
Publisher: Goodword Books (1996)
Pages: 252 Binding: Paperback
Description from the publisher:
Islamic Thought in the Rise and Supremacy of Islamic Technological Culture: Water Resources and Energy, brings out the role of Islamic ideological culture in the birth, rise, and world supremacy of Islamic technological culture during the First to Eighth AH (Seventh to fourteenth AD) centuries.
Examples are given from the history of water resources and energy. Islamic ideology refers to implications for the two cultures of the Quranic concept of God and prophet hood; the Kitab al-Kharaj books on the Traditions of Prophet Muhammad; Islamic law, esp land tenure and environmental laws; economics; politics and administration; etc.
The primary beneficiaries of these Islamic cultures during the early centuries, when Muslims were a minority in the Islamic world-states, were the non-Muslim majorities; the later, therefore, embraced Islam first gradually and later on rapidly. The book presents the way to revive the Islamic ideological and technological cultures through a critique of the two main causes for the decline and continued backwardness of Muslim cultures: Sufism; and takhsis, i e, reduction, limitation, restriction of Islamic law to only family laws, Islam to rituals and superficial aspects of the five pillars, exclusion of Islamic science, technology, economics, etc from Islamic epistemology and education; and other manifestations of takhsis.
Table of Contents:
CHAPTER 1: Introduction to Pre-Quranic and Islamic Science and Civilizations
CHAPTER 2: Islamic Thought in Development of Medieval Islamic Sciences and Technology: Quran and Some Disciplines
LIFE SUPPORT SYSTEMS
CHAPTER 3: Water: In the Quran, Sunnah, and History of Islamic Thought
CHAPTER 4: Water: An Interpretative History of Islamic Engineering and Development
CHAPTER 5: Energy: An Interpretative History of Islamic Thought, Engineering and Technology
CHAPTER 6: Causes of Decline of Medieval Islamic Science, Technology, and Life Support Systems, and Reviving their Contemporary Development