Islam and Evolution: Al-Ghazali and the Modern Evolutionary Paradigm
Shoaib Ahmed Malik
Hardback, 362 pages
This book attempts to equip the reader with a holistic and accessible account of Islam and evolution. It guides the reader through the different variables that have played a part in the ongoing dialogue between Muslim creationists and evolutionists.
This work views the discussion through the lens of al-Ghazālī (1058-1111), a widely-known and well-respected Islamic intellectual from the medieval period. By understanding al-Ghazālī as an Ash’arite theologian, a particular strand of Sunni theology, his metaphysical and hermeneutic ideas are taken to explore if and how much Neo-Darwinian evolution can be accepted. It is shown that his ideas can be used to reach an alignment between Islam and Neo-Darwinian evolution.
This book offers a detailed examination that seeks to offer clarity if not agreement in the midst of an intense intellectual conflict and polarity amongst Muslims.
Part 1 – Setting the Context
1 What Evolution Is and Isn’t
2 Christian Responses to Evolution
Part 2 – Islamic Perspectives on Evolution
3 Islamic Scripture and Evolution
4 Muslim Opinions on Evolution
5 Old Texts, New Masks: Misreading Evolution onto Historical Islamic Texts
Part 3 – Metaphysical Considerations
6 Naturalism, Chance, and Inefficiency
7 Intelligent Design
8 Morality and Evolution
Part 4 – Hermeneutic Considerations
9 Al-Ghazālī’s Hermeneutics
10 Creationism or Evolution in Islamic Scripture?