Methodological Issues and Themes 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.

The nature of this kind of study is such that it has to go on for a longtime until a clear vision of Islamic epistemology becomes identifiable through a host of writings emerging out of an extensive and intensive academic labor. This work will greatly contribute to a further crystallization of an authentic Islamic point of view premised on Tawhid on the age-old problem of human knowledge.


“In the recent decades, a number of serious academic initiatives have been made by perceptive Muslim minds to undertake a critical examination of the epistemological foundations of Western modernist thought. These initiatives have been mostly focused on the critical evaluation of many premises and conclusions of Western social sciences that are uncritically borrowed from the inductive method of the natural sciences ... Dr. Masudul Choudhury, a well-known scholar, has undertaken an extensive survey of the epistemological foundations of the whole body of modern Western knowledge that has been produced during the recent centuries especially that which has been presented under the rubric of social sciences. At the same time, he scanned the rich sources of Islamic tradition with a view to delineate the parameters of an alternative Islamic criterion for the validity of knowledge. This is his formalism centering on the epistemology of Tawhid, Allah’s monotheism in knowledge and creation ... ” – (from the Foreword) Professor Dr. Mahmood Ahmad Ghazi, President, International Islamic University, Islamabad, Pakistan

“ ... 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 Mahmood Ghazi
List of Figures; List of Tables
1. Introduction
2. The Epistemological Question
3. The Tawhidi Worldview: A Summary and Overview
4. The Tawhidi Character of the Islamic Social and Economic Order
5. The Virtues of Forms of Spending the Islamic Political Economy
6. Epistemological Meaning of Islamic Familial Solidarity
7. Epistemological Meaning of Islamic Social Solidary
8. Islamic Epistemological Foundations of Spending and Production Theory
9. Epistemological Explanation of Abolition of Interest in the Islamic Economic and Social Order
10. The Epistemological Basis of the Contrast Between Islamic and non-Islamic Scientific Thought
11. The Epistemological Meaning of the Hereafter in Islamic Socio-Scientific Thought
12. The Epistemology of Property Rights in Islam
13. A Theory of Moral Entitlement in Islam
Notes and References