Islamization of Knowledge

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Islamization of knowledge is a term for the project of synthesizing the world-view and system and beliefs of Islam with the secular system of knowledge. The idea was first used and proposed by the Malaysian scholar Syed Muhammad Naquib al-Attas in Islam and Secularism, first published in 1978, closely followed by the Palestinian philosopher Ismail Al-Faruqi in 1982, who borrowed many of the ideas of al-Attas.


Secular Curriculum

The purpose of Islamization is to counter the secular curriculum which is based on five core principles:[1]

  1. The sovereignty of man, as though supreme (humanism)
  2. Basing all knowledge on human reasoning and experience (empiricism)
  3. Unrestricted freedom of thought and expression (libertarianism)
  4. Unwillingness to accept 'spiritual' truths (naturalism)
  5. Individualism, relativism and materialism

Islamized Curriculum

By contrast, the purpose of an Islamic curriculum is:

  1. To include an Islamic perspective in the curriculum, which reflects the contribution of Islam and Muslims to civilization
  2. To ensure that all students gain knowledge and understanding of the Islamic legacy
  3. To unify the educational system by removing "the dualism of sacred and secular from education"
  4. To prevent Muslims being influenced by "Godless ideologies".
  5. To emphasize that Islamic teaching is relevant to every aspect of life and every ‘subject’ of the curriculum

Examples of this would include: giving an Islamic context and an Islamic perspective to the subject or discipline under study; Islamic critique of basic paradigms of various disciplines or subjects; mentioning relevant attribute of Allah at every opportunity; publication and testing of new school textbooks; relating all aspects of the teaching and learning to the example of the Prophet Muhammad; publication of Islam-friendly or Shari'ah compliant teaching materials; establishment of specialized research institutions; clarifying and collaborating scientific facts with Qur'anic verses and Ahadith; stressing the sacred nature of all knowledge; reading Qur’an and Sunnah[1].


  1. 1.0 1.1 The Islamisation of Knowledge, MAK Cheema and Musharraf Hussain [1]