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Cultivating Islamic perspectives on human flourishing for the present and coming age


In this priority, we generally fund projects that seek to do one or a combination of the following:

  • revitalize traditional discourses by identifying principles and arguments that situate scientific learning and technological innovation within a Muslim’s general understanding of Islamic law, theology, and spirituality, and, by extension, God, society, and the world.
  • examine how Islamic thought, by being brought to bear on issues of shared global concern, can contribute towards human flourishing.

Below are some of the topical themes we are presently interested in exploring. Those mentioned here are current priorities, but we are open to additional ideas in the spirit of the goals noted above.

Research on what it could mean to ‘do science’ from an Islamic perspective. Projects in this theme will attempt to articulate a uniquely “Muslim philosophy of science,” one taking into account particular Islamic views on what constitutes sufficiently actionable knowledge, and, by extension, a definition of what “scientific progress” could mean. In so doing, points of convergence and divergence between Islam’s wider episteme and mainstream scientific approaches might help sketch out the contours of a Muslim “alternative modernity.” Successful proposals in this theme will likely draw from history, natural and physical science, and philosophy, as well as Islamic law, theology, and spirituality.

Research on Muslim self-conceptions in light of emergent challenges and opportunities presented by modern science and technology. The present time is one in which myriad challenges—such as biotechnology, transhumanism, pandemics, climate change, and more—serve as an opportunity to Muslim thinkers to produce thought conducive to human flourishing amid great confusion and uncertainty. Do note that applicants in this theme need not limit themselves to the challenges listed here.

Scholarship on the role of Islam and Muslims in helping to resolve global issues. Issues addressed under this banner might include climate change, inequality, the benefits and pitfalls of human cooperativity, societal polarization, economics and finance, migration flows and societal integration, and the roles, effectiveness, and renewal of different human institutions, from public education, to government, the family unit, and more.

Featured Grants

Philosophy and Theology
Project Leader(s): Faisal Ghias, Sana Syed
Grantee(s): The Oasis Initiative Foundation
Philosophy and Theology
Project Leader(s): Aref Nayed, Sohail Nakhooda
Grantee(s): Kalam Research & Media
Philosophy and Theology
Project Leader(s): Tim Winter
Grantee(s): Cambridge Muslim College
Philosophy and Theology
Project Leader(s): Ahmad Jadallah
Grantee(s): Phi Science Institute