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Science and Religion
New Historical Perspectives

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Thomas Dixon, Peter Harrison, Jan Golinski, Margaret J. Osler, Frank M. Turner, B. Harun Küçük, Salman Hameed, Bronislaw Szerszynski, Sujit Sivasundaram, Adam R. Shapiro, Jonathan R. Topham, Noah Efron, Ronald L. Numbers, Geoffrey Cantor
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  • Date Published: December 2011
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  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781107404113

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  • The idea of an inevitable conflict between science and religion was decisively challenged by John Hedley Brooke in his classic Science and Religion: Some Historical Perspectives (Cambridge, 1991). Almost two decades on, Science and Religion: New Historical Perspectives revisits this argument and asks how historians can now impose order on the complex and contingent histories of religious engagements with science. Bringing together leading scholars, this volume explores the history and changing meanings of the categories 'science' and 'religion'; the role of publishing and education in forging and spreading ideas; the connection between knowledge, power and intellectual imperialism; and the reasons for the confrontation between evolution and creationism among American Christians and in the Islamic world. A major contribution to the historiography of science and religion, this book makes the most recent scholarship on this much misunderstood debate widely accessible.

    • Offers authoritative accounts of the latest research on the history of science and religion
    • Analyses and compares Christian and Islamic engagements with modern science
    • Features contributions from world-leading historians in the field
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    "A valuable addition to the literature on the growing field of science and religion. Highly recommended." --Choice

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    Product details

    • Date Published: December 2011
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781107404113
    • length: 332 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 18 mm
    • weight: 0.45kg
    • availability: Manufactured on demand: supplied direct from the printer
  • Table of Contents

    List of contributors
    Preface
    1. Introduction Thomas Dixon
    Part I. Categories:
    2. 'Science' and 'religion': constructing the boundaries Peter Harrison
    3. Science and religion in postmodern perspective: the case of Bruno Latour Jan Golinski
    Part II. Narratives:
    4. Religion and the changing historiography of the Scientific Revolution Margaret J. Osler
    5. The late-Victorian conflict of science and religion as an event in nineteenth-century intellectual and cultural history Frank M. Turner
    6. Islam, Christianity and the conflict thesis B. Harun Küçük
    Part III. Evolution and Creationism:
    7. Evolution and creationism in the Islamic world Salman Hameed
    8. Understanding creationism and evolution in America and Europe Bronislaw Szerszynski
    Part IV. The Politics of Publishing:
    9. A global history of science and religion Sujit Sivasundaram
    10. The Scopes trial beyond science and religion Adam R. Shapiro
    11. Science, religion, and the history of the book Jonathan R. Topham
    Part V. Ways Forward:
    12. Sciences and religions: what it means to take historical perspectives seriously Noah Efron
    13. Simplifying complexity: patterns in the history of science and religion Ronald L. Numbers
    14. What shall we do with the 'Conflict Thesis'? Geoffrey Cantor
    Select bibliography
    Index.

  • Editors

    Thomas Dixon, Queen Mary, University of London

    Geoffrey Cantor, University of Leeds

    Stephen Pumfrey, University of Lancaster

    Contributors

    Thomas Dixon, Peter Harrison, Jan Golinski, Margaret J. Osler, Frank M. Turner, B. Harun Küçük, Salman Hameed, Bronislaw Szerszynski, Sujit Sivasundaram, Adam R. Shapiro, Jonathan R. Topham, Noah Efron, Ronald L. Numbers, Geoffrey Cantor

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