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Anthropology, Islamic

According to the “Islamization of knowledge” model of modern learning, believed to be based on and validated by the Quran: “Travel throughout the world and see how God did originate creation” ( 29:20 ); the Prophet said, “Seek knowledge, even unto China.” Ismail al-Faruqi (d. 1986 ) warned anthropologists to avoid the Western paradigm—to “stop looking at people of the world as if they were specimens in a zoo”—and called for a universalizing model of knowledge based on the belief that truth, like God and humankind, are one. Today Muslim anthropologists examine and address major social problems such as AIDS, alcoholism, drug abuse, and famine.

See also International Institute of Islamic Thought

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