An Analytical Appraisal of Islamization of Knowledge
Dr. Muhammad Amin
Professor & Chair Department of Islamic Thought & Civilization
University of Management & Technology, Lahore
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Epistemology or Islamic concept of knowledge is not merely theoretical but has a close bearing on human thought and behavior in individuals and the society at large. Quran, Hadith and Muslim scholars have attached great importance to Islamic concept of epistemology. In the early days of Islam epistemology flourished in the light of Islamic principles. Later on under the influence of colonial powers and wave of modernity Muslim epistemology lost it identity. Different Muslim scholars presented different views to develop and evolve an education system in the light of Islamic Principles. Hossein Nasr, Al -Attas, Fazlur Rehman ,Ismail Raji Al-Faruqi and Ziauddin Sardar are few of them. According to the writer’s point of view with reference to Muslim epistemology entire knowledge including social sciences and religious studies should be reproduced or reconstructed in the light of Muslim worldview. New disciplines of knowledge should be introduced such as Occidental studies, Muslim Civilizations, Science of personality development and Ummah studies etc. For this purpose practical training of personnel having a truly Islamic mindset is required. Academic planning, theoretical frame work, impressive monograph and organized workshops on reconstruction of existing knowledge in Islamic perspective should be arranged A role model University along with affiliated colleges and schools can serve the purpose. The insightful, well planned step by step process is required to develop an educational system based on Muslim Worldview. For this, entire Ummah should pool its resources, both intellectual and material, and embark upon the project, giving it top priority.