International Education Journal

Educational Research Conference 2005 Special Issue


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Contributions of Islamic scholars to the scientific enterprise 

Yasmeen Mahnaz Faruqi 
Flinders University, School of Education


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This paper presents a discussion regarding the role that Muslim scholars played in the development of scientific thinking in the Middle Ages. It argues that the Muslims were not just the preservers of the ancient and Greek knowledge, but that they contributed original works to the different fields of science. They were inspired by the Islamic view of nature that is, mankind had a duty to 'study nature in order to discover God and to use nature for the benefit of mankind'. This knowledge was transferred to Western Europe and subsequently played an important role in revitalising a climate of learning and exploration in Europe, leading to the Renaissance in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. 

Muslim scholars, scientific thinking, Islamic view of nature, knowledge transfer, Western science


Faruqi, Y.M. (2006) Contributions of Islamic scholars to the scientific enterprise. International Education Journal, 7 (4), 391-399.

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