When Science Teaching Becomes a Subversive Activity

Pervez Hoodbhoy

in Scientific Values and Civic Virtues

Published in print July 2005 | ISBN: 9780195172256
Published online July 2005 | e-ISBN: 9780199835546 | DOI:
  When Science Teaching Becomes a Subversive Activity

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This chapter describes the unfortunate effects of attempts in Pakistan to produce Islamic science, promoted in part by Western authors such as Maurice Bucaille. Islamic fundamentalism is extremely intransigent, in part because the Qur’an is held to be the literal, spoken words of God. Passages that speak of natural phenomena must take precedence over science textbooks, and scientific explanations invoking cause and effect must give way to talk of Allah’s will.

Keywords: Maurice Bucaille; cause and effect; Allah’s will; Islamic science; Qur’an; Pakistan; science teaching; fundamentalism

Chapter.  2464 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Science

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