Tuesday, July 1, 2008

375)Summer reading for those who are interested; My choice of the top 50 posts in my 375-post Blog

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Fall And Winter Reading For Those Who Are Interested: My Choice Of The Top 50 Posts On My 427-Post Blog

My blog postings are about to become sporadic as the summer vacation dawns upon us so I came up with a list of my top 50 posts as I see them. They represent a tiny fraction of my experiential encounter with the religion of my birth, Islam. The idea that learning about our universe, what it is made up of and how it operates, can be and is an integral part of the faith of Islam is a very powerful idea indeed. Here they are in descending order:

1)Comprehensive quotes of Aga Khan IV and others relating to knowledge, intellect, creation, science and religion-FROM 2007CE DOWN TO 322BC:

2)2 intellectual giants speak to each other accross a millenium on "time": can it be slowed, sped up, reversed, transcended?Ask Einstein and Khusraw

3)Allegories in Nature: "....a Cosmos full of signs and symbols that evoke the perfection of Allah's creation and mercy"; Quotes ofAgaKhans.

4)No. 7: Ayats(Signs) in the Universe series. How are proteins made inside living cells and what does this have to do with religion?

5)The Death of Science in Islam/What have we forgotten in Islam?-COMBO DELIGHT

6)The architect of universal good -Gulf News Interview with Mawlana Hazar Imam, His Highness Aga Khan IV, April 2008, United Arab Emirates.

7)Intellect and Faith in Shia Ismaili Islam as described on the Preamble to the AKDN website:Intellect and Faith

8)The uninterrupted thread of the search for knowledge of all types.

9)Abu Yakub al-Sijistani: Cosmologist, Theologian, Philosopher par excellence.

10)One mega-post, encompassing five regular posts, on the pioneering 9th century Muslim scientist Ibn al-Haytham or Alhazen(965CE to 1039CE).

11)So how old is the Universe anyway, 6000 years or 14 billion(14,000,000,000) years old?; Quotes of Aga Khan IV.

12)Basics on the vast distances and sizes in Astronomy.

13)Islam and Astronomy: Vestiges of a fine legacy; Quotes of Aga Khan IV and Ibn Sina

14)Al-Nitak, Al-Nilam, Mintaka, Betelgeuse, Al-Deberan: Arabic-named stars in nearby constellations in space.

15)A collection of speeches by Aga Khans IV and III, source of some of my doctrinal material on science, religion, creation, knowledge and intellect

16)Albert Einstein and Faith; Quote of Aga Khan III.

17)Excitement mounts as Peter Higgs announces that the discovery of the "God Particle" is at hand; Quotes of Prophet Muhammad, Aga Khans and others.

18)Existential Wonderment: Huge star exploded 7.5 billion yrs ago, Earth was created 5 billion yrs ago: light from the star arrived here Mar 19 '08!!http://gonashgo.blogspot.com/2008/04/340existential-wonderment-huge-star.html

19)"Knowledge Society", by Mawlana Hazar Imam, His Highness Aga Khan IV

20)Pluralism and Ikhwan al-Safa: If society is to start from a premise that knowledge should be foundational, what form should that knowledge take?http://gonashgo.blogspot.com/2007/12/267pluralism-and-ikhwan-al-safa-if.html

21)Latest 2008 USA quotes and speech excerpts of Mawlana Hazar Imam, His Highness Aga Khan IV, on the subjects of knowledge, learning and education.

22)Humans were nearly wiped out 70,000 years ago says Spencer Wells of the National Geographic Society's Genographic Project

23)Two back-to-back pictures on NASA Astronomy website reflect the tiniest living organisms(viruses) versus the largest galaxies of stars in space

24)No. 3, 'Ayats'(Signs) in the Universe series: The dynamic, roiling, rumbling surface of the earth.

25)No. 4, 'Ayats'(Signs) in the Universe series. Photosynthesis: Allah is the light of the heavens and the earth....

26)No. 2, 'Ayats'(Signs) in the Universe series: The miniscule universe inside a living cell.

27)No. 1, 'Ayats'(Signs) in the Universe series: A magnificent vista of nature as seen from a cottage deck

28)No. 5, 'Ayats'(Signs) in the Universe series: Speeding angels; the relativity of time; everywhere and nowhere all at the same time.

29)Excerpt: Aga Khan IV's interview with Spiegel newspaper, October 9th 2006.

30)Symmetry in nature; Symmetry as a product of the human mind.

31)Tiniest matter: The strange world of the Quantum; harbinger of the world of spirit?http://gonashgo.blogspot.com/2008/01/297tiniest-matter-strange-world-of.html

32)The bending and scattering of light in the recent total lunar eclipse; Quote of Aga Khan IV.

33)Harmonious mathematical reasoning and the Universe in which we live, move and have our being; Quotes of Aga Khan IV.

34)20 things you need to know about Albert Einstein, the smartest scientist of the 20th century; Quotes of Aga Khan III.

35)Nima Arkani-Hamed, theoretical physicist, Iranian, American, Canadian: a junior Albert Einstein?

36)Sir Isaac Newton: Man of Science and Religion.

37)Abdus Salam: 1979 Nobel laureate in Physics.

38)"The learning of mathematics was therefore linked to the Muslim religion and developing an understanding of the world...."; Quotes of Aga Khan IV

39)Muslim Philosophy and the Sciences(IIS Review Article); Quotes of Aga Khan IV.

40)Matter and Energy: two sides of the same coin; how interpreting the light(energy) from the sun gives precise information about the matter in it.

41)A survey of off-topic posts in the 2-year history of my blog.

42)Our Sun is a WILD place-doing all kinds of ablutions, looking like a Picasso painting, having a bad hair day, or just scintillating radiantly....

43)Mountains according to the Quran, as we know them today and as part of the dynamic, roiling, rumbling surface of the Earth; Quotes of Aga Khans.

44)A must-see documentary movie on His Highness Aga Khan IV, who is the beloved muse of my blog.

45)The Top Ten Hubble Space Telescope photographs of the past 16 years.

46)The Quran itself repeatedly recommends Muslims to become better educated in order better to understand God's creation(Aga Khan IV)

47)Four giants of 10th to 13th century Science in early Islam:Ibn Sina, Ibn al-Haytham, Ibn Butlan, Nasir al-Din Tusi; more quotes of Aga Khan IV.

48)Science, Philosophy and Religion in medieval times: Moses Maimonides and the Institute of Ismaili Studies.

49)Whats new in the world of Astronomy?

50)Einstein=Genius squared: the man who taught us key insights about the Universal "Soul that sustains, embraces and is the Universe".

Easy Nash

The Qur'an itself repeatedly recommends Muslims to become better educated in order better to understand God's creation: Aga Khan IV(2007)
The Quran tells us that signs of Allah's Sovereignty are found in the contemplation of His Creation: Aga Khan IV(2007)
This notion of the capacity of the human intellect to understand and to admire the creation of Allah will bring you happiness in your everyday lives: Aga Khan IV(2007)
Islam, eminently logical, placing the greatest emphasis on knowledge, purports to understand God's creation: Aga Khan IV(2006)
The first and only thing created by God was the Intellect(Aql)(Prophet Muhammad, circa 632CE)