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India: Jihad or Ijtihad; religious orthodoxy and moderne science in contemporary Islam

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Tuesday 6 November 2012, by siawi3

’Islam needs to engage more with spirit of science’

28 October 2012

By Madhusree Chatterjee, IANS

Full report at: Source: Indo-Asian News Service

New Delhi: The space for rational science in Islam is shrinking in contemporary times as the faith becomes more inflexible, renowned historian S. Irfan Habib says, advocating a more pro-active approach to science in Islam.

“In developing economies like India, where most Muslims are part of the economy of the marginalised, thinking against science is encouraged, resulting in superstition,” Habib said.

“Islam, which has become inflexible and rigid in contemporary times, needs to engage more with the spirit of science. Earlier, it could accommodate all knowledge systems,” Habib told IANS in an interview at the launch of his new book, “Jihad, Itjihad: Religious Orthodoxy and Modern Science in Contemporary Islam”.