The Advancement of Knowledge
Title: The Advancement of Knowledge
Author: Mohsen Abbasnejad
Subject: Non-Fiction (Science and Religion)
Publisher: Quranic Research Foundation Pubs.
Year of publishing: 2014
No. of Pages: 226/Paperback
Size: 16.5× 22.5
◙Sample English text is available.
About the Book:
This book starts with a discussion over the main human expectation from the development of knowledge which is: Increasing one’s knowledge regarding the universe and the human being – Individual well-being with the advancing technology-Providing the required grounds for social peace and stability.
The most significant periods in the history of science are then singled out, the scientific records of which would separately been examined through the critical analysis of the reasons behind its progression and/or decline. Ancient Greece is the first significant period in the history of science. Scientific communications, manifestations of democracy, high social status of scientists, the establishment of the academic institution, and relative well-being are considered as the most important reasons of the progress of science in the Greece. According to the records, the role of disbelief in divine religions in Greek knowledge would then be carefully investigated.
Another chapter of the book is devoted to studying the Islamic civilization. Honoring Wisdom in the religious teaching, problem raising, opposing superstitions, offering scientific and civilization-building teaching, religious requirement, vast communications and… are regarded as the main reasons for the development of knowledge in this period. The role of religion in the development of knowledge in the Islamic civilization and the reasons behind in decline, especially the influence of the ruling establishment and the rise of anti-reasoning currents are some other issues studied here. Medieval age is another historical period whose records in science and the factors involved in the downturn of knowledge in the west, the role of religion and Christian teachings are critically investigated. The modern west is also studied based on historical documents, elaborating on the key factors contributed to the fast scientific development of the modern age. Among the factors for the prosperity of the knowledge in this arena including: Christian teaching, the weakening of the Church, efficient academic system, economic growth, familiarity with Islamic legacy, and…… .
However, the author examines the dominant role of religious aversion on the destructive aspects of the western technology and its social crises, and the effect of the separation of knowledge from religious beliefs on the knowledge-increasing potential of the modern sciences.
Table of Contents:
Chapter I: The Period of Ancient Greece
-The Factors of Development of Knowledge in the Ancient Greek
-The Role of Religion in the Record of the Greek Knowledge
Chapter II: Islamic Civilization
-Factors of Scientific Flowering in the Islamic Civilization
-The Role of Religion in Knowledge in the Islamic Civilization
-The Factors of Decadence of the Natural Sciences in the Islamic Civilization
-Decadence of the Institution of Rule in the Islamic Civilization
Chapter III: The Middle Ages
-The Causes of the Scientific Decadence in the Middle Ages
-The Role of Religion in the Knowledge of the Middle Ages
Chapter IV: The Modern West
-The Factors of the Scientific Development in the Modern West
-An Examination of the Role of Religion in the Modern Science
About the Author:
Mohsen Abbasnejad was took his BS in Mechanical Engineering but continued his studies in Philosophy. Having studied Islamic Jurisprudence and Usool in seminary under the great contemporary jurist and philosophy under a distinguished philosopher of the eastern world, he passed the highest levels of the seminary with flying colors.
Having authored number of works in such field as philosophy, philosophy of science and Hadith, and Jurisprudence, Abbasnejad is now serving on Quran and epistemology, and the director of the Quranic Research Foundation.
In addition to penning a six-volume collection on the basics of inter-relating science and the religion, some of his other books are as follow:
-Principles and basics of the Quran and Modern Science,
-Imam Ali (A.S.) Managerial Approach,
-Imam Ali (A.S.) Personal Lifestyle,
-Basic Rights within religious Approach,
-Some Elaborations on the Principles of Islamic Jurisprudence (3 Vols.)