17 Apr '18, 2pm
This looks interesting too: 'Ilm - Science and Imagination in the Islamic World:
The Arabic word ‘Ilm is often translated as “knowledge”. It is one of the most frequently occurring words in the Quran and the Hadith (recorded traditions of Prophet Muhammad), signalling the importance accorded to knowledge, both spiritual and worldly. Knowledge is considered so primary that its pursuit is not only encouraged but deemed obligatory for Muslims. The full meaning of ‘ilm is complex and multi-dimensional. It encompasses both rational and emotional aspects of knowing, including perception, observation, insight, deduction, experience, intuition, and inspiration. Hence, science and imagination represent twin thrusts in the Islamic enterprise of knowledge. Historically, there is no unique term for “science” in Arabic. Instead, the object of study is appended to ‘ilm to name the different sciences. For example, the “knowledge of human beings” (‘ilm al-insān ) refe...