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What is really the Islamic sciences

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Submitted by dhimmi no more (United States), Jul 8, 2015 at 06:26

MW you wrote

'Islamic science'

The term العلوم الاسلامية or The Islamic scienes really means the study as well as and the exegesis of the Qur'an, It has nothing to do what so ever with secular science as we understand it and علوم or Uluum (sciences in English) is from the Semitic root ع ل م or in the knowledge and this is why the likes of al-Tabari is a عالم oh he who knows and if you use literal translation then he is a (Quranic) scientist which makes him a Mufasir مفسر or he who wrote exegesis (of the Qur'an)

Notice that non Arab Muslim from India and Pakistan use the word scholar instead of a "Alim the word used by the Arabs

Now al-Mufasereen (the plural of Mufasir) as well as the Qur'an never claimed that the the term Islamic science has anything to do with secular and Greek sciences in the 7th century because in the mind of Muhammad it was about the science of reading the sacred text of Islam

Now is the Qur'an a book of secular sciences? A book that repeats the cosmic views of Ptolemy is not a book of science as we understand the word science

I hope I helped

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