An Analytical Survey of the Scientific Basis of the Yemeni Islamic Thought [Archives:2003/654/Education]

July 28 2003

Prof. Mohammed Al-Kamali,
Dean, Faculty of Education, Mahweet

In the early days of my schooling I used to evince great interest in arts and Arabic literature. My university education in the fundamental religious thought opened for me new vistas of experience and insight into learning about heritage and I had a strong eagerness to study about it and all its related fields.
When I graduated I pursued my future studies in heritage and explored old scripts and ancient works in both public and private libraries.
My Master's degree was in an extremely specialized field of the Science of Islamic Speech. My thesis was titled: “Ibn Tamima's stance towards Poets”. Since my research was not confined to the Yemeni heritage and included a broader spectrum of the Arabian culture, I decided my PhD study to be purely Yemeni and so it was. My PhD thesis was titled: “Imam Al-Mahdi Ahmed bin Yihya Al-Murtadha and his influence on the fundamental Islamic thoughts and its political implications”.
The thesis is divided into two parts: one historical and the other fundamental. Therefore the research methodology adopted was as follows:
– Present circumstances for Imam bin Yahya (764-840 Hegira) who lived in the eighth and ninth century Hegira. This section was divided further into the following chapters:
– Fundamental and political life during the Imam's era, which include the following sections:
– Scientific aspects of the Imam's life
– His thoughts about science of speech
– God and the World
– Human behavior
– His study regarding the message and the messenger

The thesis had the following objectives:
It sought to highlight
1. Imam Al-Murtatha's personality as an Islamic scholar and his vision as the founder of a school of thought in Al-Zaidiya sect.
2. the new dimension in the foundation introduced by him of Islamic heritage.
3. Imam Ahmed Al-Muretadha's thoughts and philosophy regarding Islamic speech and related issues.
4. the message to the future researchers with an invitation to study our forgotten heritage and to propagate it.
This research embodied a considerable amount of scientific, referential and thoughts collection according to the supervisors and specialist in Ain Sams University in Egypt where it was presented.