Since the late 20th century, the term ‘Islamization of knowledge’ has been used in contemporary Islamic philosophy to reconcile Islam and modernity.
Following the landmark international conference on Muslim education that was held in Makkah in 1977, Muslim scholars, Ulama, and intellectuals took up the task of reconstructing the order of knowledge on terms that were fundamentally Islamic, more culturally authentic, and directly relevant to the needs of contemporary Muslims the world over.
This freed them from the epistemology, philosophy, and the sciences of Eurocentric and Orientalist biases. It is still a highly debated contemporary issue, especially in academia. However, the debate has also become interwoven with factors that have marginalized Muslim identity—both for participants and observers.
The existence of educational dualism (secular-religious) in the Muslim world has resulted in economic backwardness, political regression, and intellectual retardation. This has re-emphasized the need for Islamizing the disciplines, producing textbooks along such lines, and having strong academic institutions which support the vision of Islam.
Two academic Institutions spearhead the process: The International Institute of Islamic Thought and Civilization (ISTAC) and the International Institute of Islamic Thought (IIIT). One of the better-known outcomes of the process was the International Islamic University Malaysia [IIUM], established in 1983.
In this course Professor Omar Kasule explains the concept of knowledge from an Islamic perspective, the principles of integration of knowledge and provides a framework for integration of knowledge in academic disciplines.