A history of Islam and science - with Timothy Winter

Published 2024-03-19
Explore the rich history intertwining Islam and Science, with the esteemed scholar and University of Cambridge lecturer Tim Winter (Shaykh Abdal Hakim Murad).

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This lecture was recorded at the Ri on 27 November 2023.


In this enlightening lecture, we delve into the profound contributions made by Muslim scholars to the realms of science, astronomy, mathematics, medicine, and philosophy throughout the centuries.

Travel back in time to a Golden Age of Islamic civilisation, when knowledge flourished, and scholars pushed the boundaries of human understanding. Discover the ground-breaking discoveries of luminaries such as Ibn al-Haytham, Al-Khwarizmi, and Ibn Sina, whose works helped to lay the foundation for modern scientific thought.

With meticulous detail and deep reverence, Winter illuminates the intricate connections between Islamic principles and the pursuit of scientific knowledge. Gain a deeper appreciation for the Islamic worldview that fostered an environment of intellectual curiosity, critical thinking, and empirical investigation.

The lecture also presents a Muslim reflection on the current global threats posed by the irresponsible use of science and technology in areas including climate change, artificial intelligence, and genetic manipulation. What does Islamic theology have to contribute to these urgent contemporary debates?

Join us for this captivating lecture as we walk through the corridors of history, highlighting the often-overlooked but profound contributions of Islamic scholars to the scientific landscape. Prepare to be challenged by the unusual but dynamic relationship between Islam and science and its enduring relevance to today's world.

Timothy Winter (Shaykh Abdal Hakim Murad) is an English academic, theologian and Islamic scholar who is a proponent of Islamic neo-traditionalism. His work includes publications on Islamic theology, modernity, and Anglo-Muslim relations, and he has translated several Islamic texts.

He is the Founder and Dean of the Cambridge Muslim College, Aziz Foundation Professor of Islamic Studies at both Cambridge Muslim College and Ebrahim College, Director of Studies (Theology and Religious Studies) at Wolfson College and the Shaykh Zayed Lecturer of Islamic Studies in the Faculty of Divinity at University of Cambridge.


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All Comments (21)
  • @GB-nn2cx
    Islam is the religion you should not ignore. No matter how hard media tries to demonise Islam, the beauty of this religion is hard to fight. Embrace this beautiful religion and enter into the gardens of eternal bliss.
  • @TruRedCRIME
    Don't worry about the comments lads. Our job isn't to convince, we just convey the message. Don't be upset at those who don't even know why they believe in what they believe in. Tim winter is a treasure.
  • @Peace_r181
    list of good manners that we can learn from the Glorious Quran: Don’t lie (22:30) Don’t spy (49:12) Don’t exult (28:76) Don’t insult (49:11) Don’t waste (17:26) Feed the poor (22:36) Don’t backbite (49:12) Keep your oaths (5:89) Don’t take bribes (27:36) Honour your treaties (9:4) Restrain your anger (3:134) Don’t spread gossip (24:15) Think good of others (24:12) Be good to guests (51:24-27) Don’t harm believers (33:58) Don’t be rude to parents (17:23) Turn away from ill speech (23:3) Don’t make fun of others (49:11) Walk in a humble manner (25:63) Respond to evil with good (41:34) Don’t say what you don’t do (62:2) Keep your trusts & promises (23:8) Don’t insult others’ false gods (6:108) Don’t deceive people in trade (6:152) Don’t take items without right (3:162) Don’t ask unnecessary questions (5:101) Don’t be miserly nor extravagant (25:67) Don’t call others with bad names (49:11) Don’t claim yourselves to be pure (53:32) Speak nicely, even to the ignorant (25:63) Don’t ask for repayment for favours (76:9) Make room for others at gatherings (58:11) If enemy wants peace, then accept it (8:61) Return a greeting in a better manner (4:86) Don’t remind others of your favours (2:264) Make peace between fighting groups (49:9) Lower your voice and talk moderately (31:19) Don’t let hatred cause you to be unjust (6:108) Don’t ask too many favours from people (2:273) Greet people when entering their home (24:27) Be just, even against yourself & relatives (4:135) Speak gently, even to leaders of disbelief (20:44) Don’t criticize small contributions of others (9:79)
  • @roshanroy319
    Thanks Timothy for shedding light on Islamic golden age.👍👍
  • @swarming1092
    As a practicing Roman Catholic Christian, I always make sure to make time to listen to Shaykh Abdal Hakim Murad's Khutbahs. I hope he becomes a huge inspiration to Muslimas around the world. He spreads true wisdom. We all learn when the great religions of our world become more peaceful, more wise, more concerned with knowledge and spirituality, and when we all understand each other better. I pray also that one day Islam can return to being like this – contributing to science, philosophy, theology.
  • @Cricketbass499
    Its a shame that when we study science these islamic scientists r not mentioned..they r really important in evolution of science 🔭
  • @irfansyed5008
    Hate blinds creativity. Great lecture for those with open mind not for ones blinded by hatred of islam and muslims
  • @mph3500
    We're all from the same planet. Very well presented and enlightening.
  • @andyhughes8433
    Islam seems to be the religion with most science in it. Interesting
  • @printpress6211
    quick note . it is not just because of monotheism that muslims questioned greek writings . it is because the quran itself orders muslims to question the reality and not to take things at face value . this lecture is so great
  • @speedrvcer
    A very sensitive subject as there will be critics. But Tim / Shaykh Abdal nailed it. 👏🏻 An important part of our history was forgotten due to the expand of western culture. A perfect time to release this video in this holy month. May his be soul bless ❤️
  • @sammykhalil18
    Been listening to Abdul Hakim Murad for almost 15 years this is another great lecture let me be honest I’m 32 growing up in America I can recall on several occasions my aipac teachers blatantly lying about the history of science quite shameful and I still can’t accept it as being for any good reason so curse to them why can’t we all get along get to know one another for all our beauties which we all are
  • @Kkkkran
    As someone who spent a lifetime looking for god... reading extensively about religions..Bhagavat Gita, Holy Bible....from being a chritian to an atheist to stoic....Islam made the most sense....like a fitting piece of the puzzle that makes a greater picture....took my shahada last month Alhamdulillah....may Allah guide us all
  • @odeebob7826
    Fantastic lectures for individuals with open minds, free from hate and prejudice towards Muslims and Islam. May Allah bless you brother
  • @arshkhan6780
    This is so important because generally in the West the narrative regarding the development of science moves from ancient Greece to Galileo and then Newton. The Islamic golden age is overlooked when it's a known fact that Newton was influenced by Muslim scientists like Ibn Haytham and others. There has been a huge contribution by Muslims that has been overlooked or underacknowledged. I appreciate The Royal Institution for providing a voice to the collective voice of Muslims through this talk by an esteemed scholar from Europe, Shaykh Abdal Hakim Murad.
  • @akacad
    Magnificent talk by Abdul Hakim Murad, as always. He never fails to impress with his erudition and the content, breadth and articulation of his presentations.
  • @jannazam5483
    Be patient with the ‘hate’ comments. It’s a huge mental task to acknowledge the euro centric view of the history of science is not accurate let alone the huge intellectual debt owed to the Middle East
  • @azymight
    thank you professsor .. i will explore islam now