December 1, 2006
What Islamic Science and Philosophy?
We know that we are being lied to. Sometimes we just don't realize how much we are being lied to.The more sordid the Islamic present seems, the more we are told of the glories of the Islamic past. And the most glorious of the glories of Islam, the most enlightened of its enlightenments, are the "Islamic science" and "Islamic philosophy" of the Golden Age.So what does Islamic law say about this science and this philosophy? According to Reliance of the Traveller: The Classic Manual of Islamic Sacred Law by Ahmad ibn Naqib al-Misri (d. 1368), they are unlawful, serious affronts to Islam, a form of apostasy. Apologists for Islam in the West brag about the "Islamic science" and "Islamic philosophy" that their accomplices in the Islamic world condemn.Reliance of the Traveller lists the following sorts of "unlawful" knowledge:(1) sorcery(2) philosophy(3) magic(4) ...(Read Full Article)