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Qur’anic worldview and the natural sciences: An ulū al-albāb integration framework for Islamic secondary schools

Hassan, Nur Jannah (2018) Qur’anic worldview and the natural sciences: An ulū al-albāb integration framework for Islamic secondary schools. Journal Of Education In Muslim Societies And Communities (TALIM), 2 (1). pp. 23-52. ISSN 2587-1927

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Abstract

For the Muslim ummah, the issue of integration in education has been a major concern since the post-colonial period, as the events that transpired during this period left Muslims with the legacy of a dichotomous education. In turn, this type of education results in disharmonies in the person, family, society and the environment. Yet post-modern trends are opening up opportunities for non-conventional alternatives as solutions. This article presents the major rationales for integrating the Qur’anic worldview and the natural sciences. It touches upon the fundamental elements of the Qur’anic worldview in relation to the studies of nature, specifically the notion of “reading” the two Books of Allah (i.e. al-Qur’ān and the Open Book of the Cosmos) as well as humanity’s relation with Allah, with itself and with the cosmos. This article briefly discusses the worldviews that have brought about the natural sciences to their current pedestal, the ensuing environmental and humanitarian crises of the contemporary world, and experts’ responses in the face of these crises. It puts forward an integrated model for the study of the natural sciences based on a synthesis of al-Ghazālῑ’s methodology of integration and discourse on the qalb, and the Ūlū al-Albāb notion of the Qur’an. The integrated model is for use in Islamic secondary education, where certain aspects of the natural sciences undergo a discreet but holistic reposition, reinterpretation and reorientation from the framework of, and organically infused with the Qur’anic worldview. It is believed that such integration is able to address the conflicts and disharmonies, and in the long run restore the equilibrium, not just within the Muslim person and the ummah but also to bring about sustained goodness for humanity in general and the environments in which they reside.

Item Type: Article (Journal)
Additional Information: 8294/67287
Uncontrolled Keywords: Tawḥīd, Qur’anic worldview, Integration, Natural science, Western modern science, Ūlū’l-albāb, Qalb
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BJ Ethics > BJ1188 Religious ethics
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BL Religion
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BP Islam. Bahaism. Theosophy, etc > BP134.S3 Quran and Science
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BP Islam. Bahaism. Theosophy, etc > BP1 Islam > BP170.8 Universality of Islam
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BP Islam. Bahaism. Theosophy, etc > BP1 Islam > BP170.82 Unity of Islam
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BP Islam. Bahaism. Theosophy, etc > BP1 Islam > BP173.77 Islam and work
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BP Islam. Bahaism. Theosophy, etc > BP1 Islam > BP174 The Practice of Islam
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BP Islam. Bahaism. Theosophy, etc > BP1 Islam > BP174 The Practice of Islam

B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BP Islam. Bahaism. Theosophy, etc > BP1 Islam > BP174 The Practice of Islam > BP188 Islamic religious life
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BP Islam. Bahaism. Theosophy, etc > BP1 Islam > BP174 The Practice of Islam > BP188 Islamic religious life

B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BP Islam. Bahaism. Theosophy, etc > BP190.5 Islamization of Knowledge
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB1603 Secondary Education. High schools
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB1705 Education and training of teachers
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2361 Curriculum
L Education > LC Special aspects of education > LC905 Islamic Education
Kulliyyahs/Centres/Divisions/Institutes: Kulliyyah of Islamic Revealed Knowledge and Human Sciences
Kulliyyah of Islamic Revealed Knowledge and Human Sciences > Department of Fundamental and Inter-Disciplinary Studies (Effective: 5th Feb 2014)
Depositing User: Dr. Nur Jannah / N.J. Hassan
Date Deposited: 08 Nov 2018 09:49
Last Modified: 18 Dec 2018 16:48
URI: http://irep.iium.edu.my/id/eprint/67287

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