For centuries, scholars in the Muslim scholars have engaged with the fields of theology, philosophy, logic and science. Analytic and systematic thought are present throughout Islamic intellectual history. These fields however are little understood today and are in danger of being neglected or lost forever.
The analytical techniques and disciplines that have evolved over centuries of wise scholarship are at great risk, and the pockets of scholarship that exist around the world focusing on this area are in urgent need of being supported to make the insights and heritage available to humanity.
In this light, Kalam Research & Media is undertaking a 9-year initiative, in collaboration with various institutional partners and the John Templeton Foundation, to help foster renewed interest in analytic thought in Islam. This effort needs to be more than just historic, and therefore, our goal is not just to recover scholarship but to place it in direct conversation with contemporary thought.
The initiative is divided into three phases which are designed to help build sustainable interest in a growing scholarly field.:
Phase 1: Providing the resources with which people can engage;
Phase 2: Providing a set of fora and opportunities through which scholarly opportunities in this area can be advanced; and
Phase 3: Building public understanding and interest in a burgeoning academic field.
The first phase of the project is running from 2013-2016. Through commissioning new foundational works we aim to support the contemporary scholarly understanding of Islamic theology, philosophy and logic. And through a set of collaborative activities we aim to reinforce and expand a vibrant network that crosses institutional, intellectual and geographical divides. Some of our activities include: