posted on Jul, 6 2007 @ 02:32 PM
I'm sure you realise that much of today's current scientific achievement is a direct result of the depth of study by muslim scholars during the
The problem today is that, as you said, there is very little enterprise or initiative. Many muslims seem to be very comfortable in their ignorance.
I've heard many muslims say such things as "Any knowledge that we'd ever need to know is in this book" (while talking about the Quran). They seem
unwilling to learn from what they consider "the tainted hands of the unbelievers" (heh...in comparison, the earlier Muslims had no such qualms
reading up on what the Greeks had done).
Many muslims take the commandment to seek knowledge to be restricted to the theological field (although I don't understand how, after all, China
wouldn't exactly have been known as the hub of Islamic learning back then).
About areas that you should or should not work- like I said, all natural sciences, and history are mentioned in the Quran. I haven't personally read
about mathematics, so I don't know if it's there, but considering the numerological significance of the Quran, I'd be surprised if it's not. The
arts and music are a fuzzier area, and different theological scholars would tell you different things, but as far as I can see, there are no problems
with those either.