Journal of Islamic Sciences Vol. 16 (Summer 2016) No. 1


Evolution has become a Muslim Issue. This was inevitable: the self-fueling kinetic energy of “Darwin’s dangerous idea” is such that no religious tradition can remain immune to its sound and fury. Muslims were late-comers and ill-prepared for the discourse when it first reached their colonized lands in the nineteenth century. The post-colonial era (after World War II) did not immediately yield any radical change in the intellectual framework of the Muslim world; and much of the second half of the twentieth century was marked by various pseudo-starts—“revolutions”—that produced more heat than light. However, the ground is shifting.

This 31st issue of the Journal of Islamic Sciences (entitled Engaging Evolution) is a special issue. It explores creedal, scientific, and epistemic implications of Evolution on the basis of First Principles. These explorations, from within the conceptual framework of the Islamic spiritual and intellectual traditions, will also ameliorate the intellectual deficit arising from the lack of Islamic resources at various levels of the discourse on the origin and propagation of life on earth. This thirty-first issue of the Journal of Islamic Sciences is a small step toward the goal of a mature and robust Muslim engagement with Evolution and its proponents.


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