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Does Faith Constrain Progress and Use of Science

Salman Ahmed Shaikh Does faith require abandoning reason, reflecting on the matter, searching for physical answers and finding physical solutions? As per religion, using material means, experimentally proven knowledge and medication is not problematic. For instance, in psychological disorders and … Continue reading

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Non-Contradiction between Faith & Science 

Salman Ahmed Shaikh Qur’an is not a book of science. But, to present its basic message, it focuses our attention on different realities, both within our consciousness and in the outside natural phenomena. Modern science has not found any error … Continue reading

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Is Contribution to Science Only a Western Enterprise

Salman Ahmed Shaikh Ehsan Masood in his book ‘Science and Islam: A History’ writes that Muslim contribution to science is largely forgotten or at least neglected, except by a few diligent specialists[i]. Science is universal and is not just a … Continue reading

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The Scientific Method & Faith-Based Worldview

Salman Ahmed Shaikh In simple words, science is knowledge established by observation and experimentation through an objective process. Science tries to disentangle useful knowledge about the matter so that this knowledge can be put to effective use. For the physical … Continue reading

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Need for Meaning to Existence

Salman Ahmed Shaikh The twentieth century can well and truly be regarded as the century of modern science. Science has made us understand the physical world better and to make the ever-more effective use of matter around us. The comforts … Continue reading

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Complex Life on a Knife’s Edge

Salman Ahmed Shaikh In his book, ‘A Brief History of Time’, Stephen Hawking writes: “If the rate of expansion one second after the Big Bang had been smaller by even one part in a hundred thousand million million, it would … Continue reading

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Science and Meaning of Life

Salman Ahmed Shaikh Stephen Hawking has recently died after living a difficult life physically, but one which was highly productive in terms of intellectual journey and contributions. While acknowledging the tremendous value of the contribution of Stephen Hawking in Cosmological … Continue reading

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Economics and Pro-Social Behaviour

Salman Ahmed Shaikh A great number of empirical studies now challenge the position of conceptualising human behaviour only in the framework of a rational, utility-maximizing homo-economicus. Yet, this framework is used for the purpose of simplicity and tractability in situations … Continue reading

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Towards an Integrative Framework for Understanding Muslim Consumption Behaviour

In a new paper recently published in Humanomics (Vol 33, Issue 2), an attempt is made to integrate Islamic and mainstream economics framework towards a more realistic understanding of Muslim consumption behaviour. First, the paper gives an account of the … Continue reading

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Exploring Meaning of Life

This book aims to understand the position of science and faith on questions of meaning in existence. Mutual understanding of original views of both camps is necessary for the mutual progress and co-existence of both empirical knowledge and values in … Continue reading

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