Hope you all are doing well. I'll be announcing next month's book and also some changes I will be making to the book club on London Muslim Meetup. Since I started this book club meetup, the theme has been to read books relavant to Islam and Muslims. For that purpose I have created a dedicated group called Thinking Muslim Book Club. You are welcome to join the group at the following link:
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As for the book club on this group, I am opening it up to all topics, fiction or non-fiction. I'll select books from popular best-seller lists in either category and run it on a slightly different schedule, probably six-weeks as opposed to the current four.
Next month's book club meetup though will still be a joint meeting of the two book clubs as I am trying to organize a conversation with the author of the book, Ehsan Masood as part of it. Its a topic we have touched in the past but I suppose we needed a better more readable book. The book is a tie in with a BBC radio series by the same name and you can listen to it here.
Science and Islam by Ehsan Masood
Between the 8th and 15th centuries, scholars and researchers working from Samarkand in modern-day Uzbekistan to Cordoba in Spain advanced our knowledge of astronomy, chemistry, engineering, mathematics, medicine and philosophy to new heights. It was Musa al-Khwarizmi, for instance, who developed algebra in 9th century Baghdad, drawing on work by mathematicians in India; al-Jazari, a Turkish engineer of the 13th century whose achievements include the crank, the camshaft, and the reciprocating piston; ibn Sina, whose textbook Canon of Medicine was a standard work in Europe's universities until the 1600s. These scientists were part of a sophisticated culture and civilization that was based on belief in God - a picture which helps to scotch the myth of the 'Dark Ages' in which scientific advance faltered. Science writer Ehsan Masood weaves the story of these and other scientists into a compelling narrative, taking the reader on a journey through the Islamic empires of the middle ages, the cultural and religious circumstances that made this revolution possible, and its contribution to science in Western Europe. He unpacks the debates between scientists, philosophers and theologians on the nature of physical reality and limits to human reason, and explores the many reasons for the eventual decline of advanced science and learning in the Arabic-speaking world. This eye-opening, enjoyable book, which complements and builds on the BBC television series, should be essential reading for anyone keen to explore science's hidden history and its contribution to the making of the modern world.
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Book Club Rules
* Reading the book is required, even if you read a single chapter.
* Discussion is centered around the book and its theme.
* No show is not appreciated. Please sign up if you are interested in reading and discussing books. In case you cannot make it anymore to the meeting, do let us know in time. Thanks
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