Circular Causation Model in the Koran

Author: Choudhury, Masudul Alam
Note: As accommodation to widespread usage, the word Qur’an has been transliterated to Koran in the title. The precise transliteration, however, is Qur’an, and that usage is followed in this book.

This is a study of epistemological meaning of the Oneness of God and its implications on the worldview of unity of divine knowledge. On the basis of this cardinal epistemology the ontological deduction and evidential (ontic) description and explanation of unified world-systems are presented. The result is a new and challenging, path breaking work of analytical depth with extensive comparative study on the theme of unity of learning systems that are driven by the episteme of oneness of God as the premise of unity of divine knowledge explaining all world-systems.


“Professor Masudul Alam Choudhury in his volume was not only able to cast his work upon Islam as a religious faith through Qur’anic verses that specifically cover this first pillar of Islam – Tawhid – but also its organic connections and relations to the intellectual foundations of economy and mysteries of science. The role of the Shura (Consultation) in this work is clearly highlighted throughout ... While one may read each verse, its commentary, the epistemological meaning of the verse and the conclusion separately by itself, Professor Choudhury attracts the reader to continue reading the rest of the verses in the same way, followed by the conclusion of the chapter and then again the other chapters of the whole book. This is mainly because of his ability to interrelate and relay the knowledge of the art that he masters. Yet he admits that this work is ‘just a building block in that earnest endeavour for discovering truth and knowledge as restored by the Qur’an. The search for this cannot and must not cease’ ...” – (from the Foreword) Aflah H.S. Al-Rawahy, Vice-President, Majlis al-Dawlah (Upper House of Parliament), Sultanate of Oman

“ ... This book is a thorough epistemological inquiry of socio-scientific phenomenology premised solely on the Oneness of God. It shows how the Qur’an associates this cardinal principle of divine oneness with the episteme of unity of knowledge, and form that the work describes pervasively learning world-systems that are unified in all details ... This is a rendering to all people and scholarships. It presents unique truth in the framework of unity of divine knowledge, and that too in the most rigorous of scientific analysis with a vastly comparative study. This work will be of interest to all serious researchers and scholars in every shade of intellectual persuasion globally speaking and for a long time.” – Professor Uner Turgay, McGill University, Montreal, Canada

Table of Contents

Foreword by Aflah Rawahy
List of Figures
1. The Qur’anic Derivation of the Epistemic-Ontic Circular Causation Model of Unified Reality
2. The Epistemology of Temporal and Supreme Felicity
3. The Historical Legacy and Lesson of the Tawhidi Precept, I
4. The Historical Legacy and Lesson of the Tawhidi Precept, II
5. Substantive Treatment of the Centricity of the Divine Laws in New Visions of the Socio-Scientific Order
6. Technical Problems in the Epistemic-Ontic Circular Causation and Continuity Model of Unified Reality
7. Knowledge-Induced Socio-Economic Development
8. Sustainability in Knowledge-Induced Socio-Economic Development
9. The Attributes of Balance, Stability, Growth and Security in the Socio-Scientific Islamization Process
10. The Principle of Deriving Qur’anic Ahkam on Socio-Scientific Matters
Notes and References