Broadening the dimensions of Islamization of knowledge: Mohd Kamal Hassan‘s perspective
This paper analyses the discourse of Islamization of Knowledge (IOK) during the last three decades with special reference to the views of Mohd Kamal Hassan who prefers an alternative term called ―Islamicization.‖ The term knowledge is considered the equivalent of al- ̳ilm as used in the Qur‘an, which refers to the highest form of truth. Based upon interviews and content analysis of some of the sources, this study found that Kamal Hassan has advocated prefixing the word ―knowledge‖ with the word ―human‖. Additionally, realising the absurdity of the phrase ―Islamization of Islamic Revealed Knowledge,‖ Kamal Hassan has coined the term ―Relevantization/Contextualization.‖ By classifying the efforts incorporated in the Islamization of Human Knowledge (IOHK) into four essential categories and 21 types, he has identified a scope and space for each member of the Ummah in the movement for the realisation of IOHK. Furthermore, he has argued that since Islamization of knowledge includes the aspect of Islamicization of the self, even a layman could not be given an excuse from joining this movement. In addition, he argues that IOHK is not an exclusivist but a universal movement.