Pervez Hoodbhoy, Islam and Science: Religious Orthodoxy and Battle for Rationality

By: Dr. Ahmad Shafaat

(November, 2002)

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

In this book, Dr. Hoodbhoy, a nuclear physicist, eloquently and usefully draws attention to the plight of science and technology in the Muslim world and to the need to do something about it. The book also makes some other helpful insights here and there about why, after centuries of brilliant achievements, science suffered such a fate in the Muslim world. But the book also suffers from some very serious flaws in its view of Islam and analysis of Islamic history. 

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THE PUNISHMENT OF APOSTASY IN ISLAM Part I

Part I: The Qur`anic Perspective

By Dr. Ahmad Shafaat

(February, 2006)

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Extraordinary Value of Human Life in The Qur`an

By: Dr. Ahmad Shafaat

(APRIL 2007)

In Surah 5, verse 32 we read:

 

On that account We ordained for the Children of Isra`il that if any one slew a person - unless it be for murder or for spreading mischief in the land - it would be as if he slew the whole humanity: and if any one saved a life, it would be as if he saved the whole humanity. Then although there came to them Our messengers with clear (guidance), yet, even after that, many of them continued to commit excesses in the land. (5:32)

 

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THE PUNISHMENT OF APOSTASY IN ISLAM Part II

Part II: An Examination of the Ahadith on the Subject

By: Dr. Ahmad Shafaat

(APRIL 2007)

After having examined in Part I the issue of the punishment of apostasy in Islam in the light of the Qur`an (see http://www.islamicperspectives.com/Apostasy1.htm) we now turn to the examination of the issue in the light of ahadith. We will insha allah show that the authentic words of the Holy Prophet do not prescribe any punishment for apostasy. Ahadith in which the Prophet is reported to have prescribed the death penalty for this sin are either unreliable or are to be interpreted differently.

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MARY IN THE MUSLIM SCRIPTURES

By: Dr. Ahmad Shafaat

(DECEMBER 2007)

 

There are many verses in Islam’s holy book – the Qur`an -- about Mary, the mother of Jesus. These verses serve mainly two purposes. One of them is to correct what the Qur`an considers erroneous views about her in the Christian and Jewish traditions.

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