The essays presented in The History and Philosophy of Islamic Science discuss the principles behind the different sciences cultivated in the Islamic world from the third century of the Islamic era onwards and the place of science in relation to other branches of Islamic learning. In defining what Islamic science means, Professor Osman Bakar shows how these sciences are organically related to the fundamental teachings of Islam. Covering all the natural and mathematical sciences, The History and Philosophy of Islamic Science illustrates what Islamic science shares with modern science. Professor Osman Bakar also highlights where the Islamic approach to science differs from the secular, modern approach.
Professor Dato’ Dr Osman Bakar is Emeritus Professor of Philosophy at the University of Malaya, Malaysia and an authority on Islamic science. He has published several books both in English and in Malay. He is the author of Classification of Knowledge in Islam published by The Islamic Texts Society.
‘[Osman Bakar’s book] marks a most valuable contribution both to the effort of revealing the Islamic intellectual and spiritual approach to science, and to the concomitant endeavour to highlight the deeper causes of the contemporary crisis in western science and technology … it opens up, with clarity and simplicity, the philosophy of Islamic science.’