Astrophysicist, Scientist, Dr. Arif Babul in Conversation with Simerg – Parts II, III and IV

Because of its length, the interview was published in four parts. Part I of the Interview was featured earlier at Ismailimail, and below are links to the remaining three parts.babul-portrait

Part II: Voices: Babul on the Bootes Void, Galaxies, Benefits of Studying Science, Creation, God and Intellect. Published, Wednesday, June 10th, 2009.

Part III: Voices: Babul on Science Funding, Muslim Scientists, Intelligent Design and Neurosciences. Published, Tuesday, June 16th, 2009

Part IV: Voices: Babul Talks about Identity, Aspirations for the Family and the Jamat, “An Ismaili Academy”, Family Pursuits, Frontierless Brotherhood, and Allah’s Blessing. Published, Sunday, June 21st, 2009

At Simerg.com

Dr. Arif Babul featured earlier at Ismailimail

Author: ismailimail

Independent, civil society media featuring Ismaili Muslim community, its achievements and humanitarian works.

6 thoughts

  1. My congratulations to Blogger Simerg on conducting and publishing this wide-ranging 4-part interview of Shia Ismaili Muslim Astrophysicist Professor Arif Babul. My impression is that Professor Babul espouses a healthy balance between revelation and reason in his approach to the acquisition of knowledge. These were exactly the approaches taken by the Ikhwan Al-Safa during the Imamats of the 4th to 6th Shia Imams and the Fatimids during the Imamats of the 14th to 18th Shia Ismaili Imams.

    This excerpt describes well the balance referred to above:

    “In Islamic belief, knowledge is two-fold. There is that revealed through the Holy Prophet (s.a.s.) and that which man discovers by virtue of his own intellect. Nor do these two involve any contradiction, provided man remembers that his own mind is itself the creation of God. Without this humility, no balance is possible. With it, there are no barriers. Indeed, one strength of Islam has always lain in its belief that creation is not static but continuous, that through scientific and other endeavours, God has opened and continues to open new windows for us to see the marvels of His creation”(Aga Khan IV, Aga Khan University, 16 March 1983, Karachi, Pakistan)

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