A History of Islam and Science

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Explore the rich history intertwining Islam and Science, with the esteemed scholar and University of Cambridge lecturer Tim Winter (Shaykh Abdal Hakim Murad). This lecture was recorded at the Ri (The Royal Institution) on 27 November 2023.

In this enlightening lecture, we delve into the profound contributions made by Muslim scholars to the realms of science, astronomy, mathematics, medicine, and philosophy throughout the centuries.

Travel back in time to a Golden Age of Islamic civilisation, when knowledge flourished, and scholars pushed the boundaries of human understanding. Discover the ground-breaking discoveries of luminaries such as Ibn al-Haytham, Al-Khwarizmi, and Ibn Sina, whose works helped to lay the foundation for modern scientific thought.

With meticulous detail and deep reverence, Winter illuminates the intricate connections between Islamic principles and the pursuit of scientific knowledge. Gain a deeper appreciation for the Islamic worldview that fostered an environment of intellectual curiosity, critical thinking, and empirical investigation.

The lecture also presents a Muslim reflection on the current global threats posed by the irresponsible use of science and technology in areas including climate change, artificial intelligence, and genetic manipulation. What does Islamic theology have to contribute to these urgent contemporary debates?

Join us for this captivating lecture as we walk through the corridors of history, highlighting the often-overlooked but profound contributions of Islamic scholars to the scientific landscape. Prepare to be challenged by the unusual but dynamic relationship between Islam and science and its enduring relevance to today’s world.

Timothy Winter (Shaykh Abdal Hakim Murad) is an English academic, theologian and Islamic scholar who is a proponent of Islamic neo-traditionalism. His work includes publications on Islamic theology, modernity, and Anglo-Muslim relations, and he has translated several Islamic texts.

He is the Founder and Dean of the Cambridge Muslim College, Aziz Foundation Professor of Islamic Studies at both Cambridge Muslim College and Ebrahim College, Director of Studies (Theology and Religious Studies) at Wolfson College and the Shaykh Zayed Lecturer of Islamic Studies in the Faculty of Divinity at University of Cambridge.

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