Diwan Al Dawla's mentoring program is an educational and cultural program that informs and integrates individuals through an inspiring universal narrative and an active sociopolitical approach.

Mentoring is a highly effective process for developing social responsibility and for mobilising individuals towards achieving cultural and spiritual objectives. The guild's charitable mentoring program has been developed to build an autonomous universal outlook that is grounded in socioeconomic justice.

 

Curriculum

The teachings and narratives covered in the mentoring program are provided based upon a structured curriculum that covers the Arabic scientific heritage in connection to the birth of the Scientific Revolution in Europe in the fifteenth and the sixteenth centuries. This era covers the particularly important period of conceptual transmission across cultural boundaries from Arab and Ottoman lands into early modern Europe during that time and in the few centuries leading to that.

The program studies the history and philosophy of Arabic science and its leading role in human civilisation. It advocates for this universal heritage, and it promotes its underlying symbiosis between natural science and true religion at the hands of a specific tradition of later kalām scholars in the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries, who were engaged in the development and application of the epistemic scientific alternative (experiential, empirical, constructivist) to Aristotelian Greek logic (presuppositional, realist).

The program includes selective readings from Arabic scientific manuscripts in the following fields:

  • Kalām (foundational studies),
  • ʿIlm al falak (astronomy),
  • ʿIlm al waḍʿ (scientific meaning and understanding),
  • Comparative analysis from European related disciplines.

To read more on this, please refer to Dr Mustapha Kara-Ali's PhD Dissertation ('Constructivism at the Birth of the Scientific Revolution: A Study of the Foundations of Ali Qushji's Fifteenth Century Astronomy') and other relevant publications on his Harvard University webpage. Ali Qushji (d. 1474), who headed the Samarkand Observatory under the Timurid's Ulugh Beg was later associated with the scientific community of Constantinople (later Istanbul) under the patronage of Ottoman Sultan Mehmed II, and in particular with the establishment of the Madrasa (scientific academy) at Hagia Sophia, which he headed, leaving behind an important scientific and scholarly legacy.

 

If you are interested in the mentoring program, kindly contact the administration for assistance.

 

 
 
 
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