Blogpost Four Hundred, Knowledge, Intellect, Creation, Science and Religion: Comprehensive Quotes of Aga Khan IV and Others; a never-ending post

From Easy Nash: Science and Religion in Islam: The Link

This is my 400th post and is also the central post of my blog, now entitled Blogpost Four Hundred. It is continually being updated and the last update was blogpost 327 from February 15th 2008. The quotes and excerpts of Mawlana Hazar Imam, Aga Khan IV, his predecessor Imam Aga Khan III, other Imams, cosmologist-philosopher-theologian-poets in Ismaili history and others, on the subjects of knowledge, intellect, creation, science and religion form the doctrinal underpinning of my blog on the link between science and religion in Islam. In the Shia Ismaili Muslim tradition we always have a living Imam to guide us and so this list of quotes and excerpts will always be updated when relevant information becomes available. It is, as the title aptly says, a never-ending post:

“….And shouldn’t IB science students not learn about Ibn al-Haytham, the Muslim scholar who developed modern optics, as well as his predecessors Euclid and Ptolemy, whose ideas he challenged…..The legacy which I am describing actually goes back more than a thousand years, to the time when our forefathers, the Fatimid Imam-Caliphs of Egypt, founded Al-Azhar University and the Academy of Knowledge in Cairo. For many centuries, a commitment to learning was a central element in far-flung Islamic cultures. That commitment has continued in my own Imamat through the founding of the Aga Khan University and the University of Central Asia and through the recent establishment of a new Aga Khan Academies Program.”

(Aga Khan IV, “The Peterson Lecture” on the International Baccalaureate, Atlanta, Georgia, USA, 18 April 2008)

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  1. Blogpost Four Hundred has been updated with 2 new quotes and excerpts:

    “The first is the centrality of quality education as an element in the Islamic tradition. It is appropriate that I highlight this matter today, for Bangladesh is the first Muslim country in which we have laid a new Academy foundation stone.”
    “World and faith are inseparable in Islam. Faith and learning are also profoundly interconnected. The Holy Qur’an sees the discovery of knowledge as a spiritual responsibility, enabling us to better understand and more ably serve God’s creation.Our traditional teachings remind us of our individual obligation to seek knowledge unto the ends of the earth – and of our social obligation to honor and nurture the full potential of every human life.”
    “The beauty of Creation is a function of its variety. A fully homogenized world would be far less attractive and interesting.”(Aga Khan IV, May 2oth 2008, Dhaka, Bangladesh)

    “The God of the Quran is the One whose Ayats(Signs) are the Universe in which we live, move and have our being”(Aga Khan III, April 4th 1952)

    Above quotes added to:


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