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M. Iqbal. Islam and Science. Aldershot, Ashgate, 2002, 349 p.

Sonja Brentjes

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1M. Iqbal offers a historical account of the relationship between science and religion. He claims that there was no need for scholars of the pre-colonial period to develop a discourse about science and religion, since science was firmly rooted in religion. Such a discourse emerged only as a consequence of colonial destruction of the indigenous system of teaching and producing knowledge. As a result, the Muslim contributors to the debate misperceived the relationship between science and Islam and thought that the remedy would lie in a reform of Islam according to western patterns and in transferring western science and technology to the Muslim world. For Iqbal, this project of reform and modernization failed largely because of its misapprehension of the historical relationship between science and religion in the Islamic world.

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Sonja Brentjes, « M. Iqbal. Islam and Science. Aldershot, Ashgate, 2002, 349 p. »Abstracta Iranica [En ligne], Volume 25 | 2004, document 272, mis en ligne le 15 mars 2006, consulté le 28 février 2024. URL : ; DOI :

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Sonja Brentjes

Aga Khan University - Londres

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