Nasr. Science and Civilization. Study Guide

  • 1. You'll not need to consider most of the names and terms in this piece. A few are important; and if you don't know them, look them up in a dictionary: gnostic, mystic, to name a few.
  • 2. The main question here: how is the "Islamic" perception of science different from yours, or from that current today in America? What is its relationship to religion?
  • 3. According to Nasr, where did the "Islamic" perception of science come from?
  • 4. Compare Nasr's views on the scholarly establishment in Abbasid Baghdad with those of Saunders.