Advancing theological and scientific literacy for today’s ʿulamāʾ
3.2.5 The Titanic and the Moon
The sinking of the Titanic. Engraving by Willy Stöwer, 1912.
The sinking of the British Titanic steamship in 1912 claimed the lives of over 1,500 passengers, and deeply shook the world’s confidence in the invincibility of human technology. Over a century later, scholars are still debating the details that led to the steamship’s tragic destruction.
In 2012, a debate emerged over whether a rare lunar phase may have contributed to the sinking of the “unsinkable” ship. Read both short articles and reflect on the following guided questions about this exchange, which highlights how scientific reasoning works in practice when applied to a historical event.
The Madrasa Discourses project proposes that a conciliation of traditional Islamic thought with contemporary scientific and philosophical worldviews can result in orthodox affirmations of human dignity essential for peaceful coexistence in a pluralistic world.