This years ALIM Winter Program is entitled “Is Islamic Thought Dying?”, and will held in Santa Clara, California, at the MCA Islamic Center (Bay Area), January 18th-21st, 2008.
The conference will discuss, among other things, William Chittick’s recent book entitled, “Science of the Cosmos, Science of the Soul”. The book will serve as a springboard for discussion on the broader issues and intersections of Islamic and Western approaches to learning and knowledge. Chittick argues that Islamic thought is dying, falling prey to the more short term oriented perspectives of Western educational systems.
Topics like impediments to Islamic learning, the role of “progress” and “ideology” in Western and Islamic thought, the centrality of tawhiyd to knowledge, and changes in the Muslim view of knowledge through history, among others, will be addressed through a critical lens.
The event is being held MLK weekend and includes Dr. Sherman Abdul-Hakim Jackson along with Imam Zaid Shakir and Dr. Umar, and Dr. Fareed. For more information and to register, go to: www.alimprogram.com