My Philosophy of Knowledge from the Article ‘Islam and the Sciences of Nature: Some Fundamental Questions

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Mehdi Golshani is selected to be discussed. Mehdi Golshani was born in Isfahan, Iran in 1939. He graduated from Tehran and then California Berkeley University with a B.S. and Ph.D. in Physics with specialization in particle physics. He is professor of physics at Sharif University of Technology, Tehran, Iran in which he founded the Faculty of the Philosophy of Science in 1995, and has been its chairman since then. In his thought there is no separation between the Science and Religion; the religion and science are interrelated that without the philosophy of religion, the scientific investigation is of no use.

Knowledge, ilm, can be divided into two categories of Islamic sciences and the various other sciences not considered theologically. According to Islamic practice, God is the most praise worthy and the source of knowledge whose worship can be performed by knowledge acquisition if it is done for his sake. This kind of thought which can be also noted in Illuminationism doctrine is based on the Qur’anic verse that
اللَّهُ نُورُ السَّمَاوَاتِ وَالْأَرْضِ مَثَلُ نُورِهِ كَمِشْكَاةٍ فِيهَا مِصْبَاحٌ الْمِصْبَاحُ فِي زُجَاجَةٍ الزُّجَاجَةُ كَأَنَّهَا كَوْكَبٌ دُرِّيٌّ يُوقَدُ مِن شَجَرَةٍ مُّبَارَكَةٍ زَيْتُونِةٍ لَّا شَرْقِيَّةٍ وَلَا غَرْبِيَّةٍ يَكَادُ زَيْتُهَا يُضِيءُ وَلَوْ لَمْ تَمْسَسْهُ نَارٌ نُّورٌ عَلَى نُورٍ يَهْدِي اللَّهُ لِنُورِهِ مَن يَشَاءُ…
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