We live in an era when the Islamic World is making a range of attempts to redefine itself and to grapple with the challenges of modernity, technological progress and globalization. Many schools of thought – some traditional and revivalist, others a more direct response to the developments in the information age – have emerged that seek to position modern Islam within the context of this rapidly changing contemporary world. Exploring and redefining the relationship between religion and knowledge was the center-piece of the ideas of Isma’il Raji al Faruqi. A distinguished twentieth-century Arab-American scholar of Islam, al Faruqi formulated ideas that have made substantial contributions ot the Islam and modernity discourse.
This book’s exploration of the interaction between Islam and knowledge takes in not only a philosophical examination of this relationship, but also the ways in which an Islamic perspective can relate to our understanding of science, the arts, architecture, technology and a whole range of other knowledge-based fields of enquiry. Many distinguished scholars have contributed to this illuminating volume, including Syeed Hossein Nasr, John Esposito, Charles Fletcher and others, producing a body of insight and perspective which will prove an essential reference point both for scholars of Islam as well as students of philosophy and comparative religion.