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Urgency of the integration of religion and knowledge for the development of Muslim character

Thoha, Anis Malik (2011) Urgency of the integration of religion and knowledge for the development of Muslim character. In: International Seminar on Islamization of Higher Education: Models and Experience of the Muslim World, 18 - 19 May 2011, Universitas Ibnu Khaldun (UIKA), Bogor, Indonesia. (Unpublished)

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Almost, if not all, modern educational institutions of the west, and followed consciously or unconsciously by many of that of the east (including some Muslim countries such as Indonesia), strongly “believe” that religion and knowledge or science are two different entities that are mutually exclusive and can never meet each other, let alone be integrated or reconciled together. Religion, according to this “belief”, belongs to the domain of belief (which is irrational), whereas knowledge or science belongs to the domain of reason. As a result of this dichotomy, educational curricular, including that of teaching-learning religions and study of religions, at all educational levels have been designed to be religiously neutral. Indeed, the issue of relationship between religion and science or knowledge has drawn a lot of attentions from scholars and thinkers throughout the history. Theories have been introduced to meet this issue, which include, among the others, Conflict, Independence, Dialogue, and Integration. The question at this juncture is whether this dichotomous reasoning is plausible or epistemologically tenable. As such, this paper tries to discuss and analyze this issue with special reference to Islamic context.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Full Paper)
Additional Information: 3902/3299
Uncontrolled Keywords: Islamization, Islamic education, secular education, dichotomization of truth
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > B Philosophy (General)
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BL Religion
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BP Islam. Bahaism. Theosophy, etc
L Education > L Education (General)
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education
Kulliyyahs/Centres/Divisions/Institutes (Can select more than one option. Press CONTROL button): Kulliyyah of Islamic Revealed Knowledge and Human Sciences > Department of Usul al-Din and Comparative Religion
Depositing User: DR. Anis Malik Thoha
Date Deposited: 17 Oct 2011 10:51
Last Modified: 17 Oct 2011 10:51
URI: http://irep.iium.edu.my/id/eprint/3299

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