Retrieving the ethos of reflection in education

The prestige of reasoning waned when the rationalists were defeated by the traditionalists, in the ninth century. Reasoning deteriorated further with the emergence of taqlid and the “closure of the doors to ijtihad.” The dualism between traditional and contemporary education should be addressed by acknowledging that empirical subjects are not un-Islamic, and that reasoning is an essential part of Muslim education. This process requires the rehabilitation of reasoning and restoring to it the esteem it formerly enjoyed not just in jurisprudence but in Muslim education more generally.

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Retrieving the tradition of reflection in education

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