Some Views on This Review (Added June 24, 2005)

 

I) Dr. Hoodbhoy has posted the above review on the web (www.mukto-mona.com/Articles/hoodbhoy/book_review_islam_science.htm). I appreciate this but I cannot help observing that Dr. Hoodbhoy seems to be incurably attached to the idea of dividing Muslims into orthodox and some other category. He describes me and my review as follows:

 

"THIS IS ONE OF THE MOST DETAILED CRITIQUES OF MY BOOK. PERHAPS THE MOST ARTICULATE ONE YET BY AN ORTHODOX BELIEVER."

Dr. Pervez Hoodbhoy

19/04/2005

Hoodbhoy also calls my review "a view from the other side of the divide".

I personally do not mind the description "orthodox", but most Muslims probably would not agree with it, since I believe that about half of the ahadith in Bukhari and Muslim are unreliable and the Qur`an is a creation of God. This only further supports the point I made in my review, namely, that dividing Muslims into orthodox and non-orthodox is a gross oversimplification.

II) Another writer "fatemolla" makes some detailed comments on my review (Comments on: - A review of: Pervez Hoodbhoy's 'Islam and Science: Religious Orthodoxy and the Battle for Rationality' - By: Dr. Ahmad Shafaat, Advocate, High Court of Pakistan. Published on May 11, 2005, www.mukto-mona.com/Articles/fatemolla/hoodbhoy_shafaat.htm).

He begins his comments with the admission:

"Although I am yet to read Dr. Hoodbhoy’s book and cannot relate it to Dr. Ahmad Shafaat’s review of it, I am taking the opportunity to comment on some general aspects of the review."

Taking up pen to write about a book’s review without even reading the book is very likely to lead to some serious mistakes. Such is indeed the case with "fatemolla’s" article, which is full of comments that have little connection with issues I am discussing or my views about those issues. The carelessness with which "fatemolla" has written his article can be illustrated by the fact that he describes me as "advocate, high court of Pakistan", despite the fact that I have never been a lawyer or an advocate of any kind in Pakistan or anywhere else. I have all my life been only a student of Islam, Christianity, Science, Mathematics, and Decision Sciences!!!

 

 

 

 

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