The Analysis of Ziauddin Sardar on Ismaʻīl Rājī al-Fārūqī’s theory of Islamization of Knowledge, an analytical study

ضیاء الدین سردار کا اسماعیل الراجی الفاروقی کے نظریہ اسلامیت علوم کے تجزیہ کا تجزیاتی مطالعہ

  • Syed Shah Hassan PhD Scholar, Faculty of Arabic & Islamic Studies, AIOU, Islamabad
  • Ahmad Abdur Rahman Quraishi Lecturer, Faculty of Arabic & Islamic Studies, AIOU, Islamabad
Keywords: Al-Faruqi, Ziauddin Sardar, Islamization, Epistemology, World-View, work plan


The dream of Islamic Renaissance has been sought by prominent Muslim scholars. Islamization of modern sciences is one of those endeavours in this regard. The following article consists Ziauddin Sardar’s criticism of AL-faruqi’s concept of Islamization of knowledge (IOK).

Al-Fārūqī considers the flawed education system responsible for the appalling condition of the Ummah, He presented his work plan of first principles to Islamize modern sciences. His methodology is based on eight components and twelve steps.

Ziauddin Sardar is of the view that Ummah should embrace modern sciences by making their own homework take into consideration Islamic epistemology and Islamic world view, revisiting and reinterpreting their sacred texts. He is agreed to the basic theme of the Work Plan, but not with the implementation..

Al-Faruqi’ stresses upon the Islamization of Western social sciences and ignores the fact that the modern sciences have built up the new world which according to Sardar leads to the failure of the proposition of IOK. He wants to put Islamic spirit in the edifice of the Western sciences: Sardar opines that how it will be possible to mould knowledge, created by others, according to one’s own needs.

As a principle both are agree on the point of uplifting of the Ummah, but both looks at the same thing from two different angles.