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The Eternal Challenge Workshop – USA


The Eternal Challenge: The Limits Of Science And The Miracles Of The Qur’an

CONTENTS

Imagine you’re at work, university or watching a documentary – you can’t help but feel that the Quran is being dismissed as irrational and incoherent. You cannot answer these questions and you’re not happy with what you find on the internet. So what do you do?

  • “The Quran is an old book full of myths”,
  • “The Quran is inaccurate”,
  • “The Quran contains mistakes”,
  • “The Quran was written by a man”,
  • “The Quran copied the Bible”, and
  • “The Quran has no evidence for its claims”
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    The Eternal Challenge: The Limits of Science and the Linguistic Miracle of the Qur’an is a one-day Islamic thought workshop designed to empower you with the right tools and concepts to successfully articulate the linguistic miracle of the Quran and to be able to reconcile and understand revelation in our age of science.

    • Is science the only way to truth?
    • How do we understand science and revelation?
    • What is a miracle?
    • What is the intellectual challenge of the Quran?
    • How do we respond to academic, orientalist and popular objections?
    • What makes the Quran a linguistic miracle?
    • What are the philosophical implications?
    • How do we articulate the miracle to non-Arabs?
    • What was the impact of the Quran?
    • How does the Quran reveal lost knowledge?
    • What is the Quran’s unique structure?
    • How do we reflect on the Quran?
    • How do we reconcile science and the Quran?

    In summary, The Eternal Challenge is an interactive workshop giving you the skills to articulate a positive case for the Quran in an age of science & reason.

     

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    What You Will Learn

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    1. The scientific method and the philosophy of science
    • Attendees will appreciate how Islam encourages science and its indispensable role for human progress and advancement.
    • Attendees will understand that science is not the only method to verify truth claims. The problems of induction, holism, hypothetico-deductive model, and empiricism will be brought to light to understand the scope and limitations of science.
    • Attendees will understand that science is not the only method to verify truth claims. The problems of induction, holism, hypothetico-deductive model, and empiricism will be brought to light to understand the scope and limitations of science.
    • By understanding the philosophy of science attendees will appreciate the “limited” nature of the scientific method. This will provide the tools to understand the “scientific miracles” of the Qur’an in the their correct context, and it will also bring to light the problematic approach of the popular “science and Qur’an” narrative.
    • Attendees will acquire the tools to be able to appreciate that potential contradictions between scientific findings and revelation does not necessitate rejecting revelation.
    • Attendees will understand that there are other epistemic routes (or ways to knowledge) that can verify truth claims, such as authentic and valid testimony.
    2. The Qur’an Defined
    • Attendees will understand what is the Qur’an, its method of emotional and intellectual engagement.
    • The importance of reflecting on the Qur’an will be highlighted with examples to bring to light its ocean of wisdom.
    3. The Challenge
    • Attendees will understand the challenge of the Qur’an, its exegesis (tafsir) and commentaries from the classical scholars.
    4. The Unique Structure, Style and Content of the Qur’an
    • Attendees will understand that the Qur’an is not prose or poetry, but a unique literary form. Scholarly definitions will be given of each key category of Arabic literary forms, with an explanation of how the Qur’an achieves its uniqueness.
    • Attendees will understand why the Qur’an is inimitable.
    • Attendees will understand Qur’anic rhetoric and eloquence and how its use of language transcends any other form of the Arabic language.
    • A detailed linguistic analysis of the shortest chapter in the Qur’an will be provided as an example of the Qur’an’s eloquence and rhetoric.
    • Attendees will appreciate the unique structure of surah al-Baqarah. Even though it was revealed over a period of time for specific times and places it displays remarkable ring composition.
    • Attendees will appreciate how the Qur’an reveals accurate historical information, although the knowledge it refers to was unknown and lost at the time of revelation.
    • The attendees will appreciate the content of the Qur’an and how it engages with the hearts and minds of the reader. Examples will include spiritual, rational, existential and social themes.
    5. Explaining the Qur’an’s Linguistic Miracle to a non-Arab
    • Attendees will be able to articulate how the Qur’an is a miracle to non-Arabs or non-experts of the Arabic language.
    • Attendees will be able to see how past and contemporary challenges to the Qur’an have failed.
    • Attendees will understand the epistemology of testimony, and how using this valid and indispensable source of knowledge. Inference to the best explanation will be highlighted as valid and necessary form of reasoning.
    • Attendees will be able to use testimony and inference to the best explanation to articulate the linguistic miracle of the Qur’an without even knowing the Arabic language (not even one letter!).
    6. Impact on Society
    • Attendees will learn how the Qur’an changed and shook the world. They will understand how the Qur’an’s impact is unprecedented with regards to peace, progress, learning, justice and tolerance.
    • Attendees will learn how the Qur’an influenced Western and Eastern civilisation.
    7. Qur’anic Reflections & The Orthodox Approach in Explaining Natural Phenomena
    • Attendees will appreciate the importance of reflecting on the Qur’an, and will be exposed to a myriad of powerful examples and gems in the Qur’an.
    • Attendees will learn a powerful new approach in explaining natural phenomena in the Qur’an by using a “multi-layered” and “multi-leveled” approach. This new approach addresses and by-passess all scientific contentions against the Qur’an.
    8. Contentions
    • Attendees will be able to address key academic and popular contentions. For instance they will be able to address the so-called grammatical errors in the Qur’an, linguistic borrowing, subjective criteria, Shakespeare’s uniqueness, and much more.
    9. The Argument Simplified
    • Attendees will be able to articulate the argument for the layman and general public. Examples will be used using “stickiness” principles.

    Meet Your Instructor

    Fahad Tasleem

    all-in-one_fahad-tasleemFahad Tasleem is the Head of US Outreach for iERA. He plays a multifaceted role as an instructor, a lecturer, a researcher and a student.

    His areas of interest include Islamic Theology, Dawah, History, Economics and Quranic Studies. He is also the founder of DC Seminary.

    Fahad studied Arabic at Georgetown University and is currently studying in the graduate program in Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Texas.

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