Academic journal article Library Philosophy and Practice

A Thematic Study of Islamic Perspectives in Scopus Indexed Articles. Implications on Medical Imaging

Academic journal article Library Philosophy and Practice

A Thematic Study of Islamic Perspectives in Scopus Indexed Articles. Implications on Medical Imaging

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Introduction

Scientific writings or journal articles are widely accepted as effective media to disseminate and update knowledge in the various fields of specialisations. The philosophical, conceptual or application dimensions currently present in these literatures are evidences of increasing prominence in writings that portray Islamic perspectives. Muslim as well as non- Muslim professionals have presented Islamic viewpoints that support, refute or simply provide understanding and directions for communities in matters that need religious clarification. The presence of these publications is a manifestation of the Islamic paradigm to overcome the dearth of literature that addresses Islamic viewpoints in educational and professional areas. Seen from a different perspective the efforts of Muslim professionals, in particular to present Islamic viewpoints in these publications can modify or change misunderstandings or misconceptions about Islam. Terms that include Islam, Muslims and Moslem are among those Islam related terminologies that have been used to in these publications. However, depending on how those terms are used in those publications, the mere presence of these terms may not be enough to depict the overall Islamic concept that the religion champions. Caution should be exercised on how best those Islam related terms could contribute positively to reshape the Muslim minds in embracing the religion as it should be. The exercise should also be seen within the context of providing the understanding concerning the religion to those who harbor misconceptions or misinterpretations of the faith.

There are ample evidences of the active discussions involving Islamic perspectives in disciplines that include Economics, Finance, Banking and Medicine. However, little is known of such discourses in the field of Medical Imaging. The current status in scientific writings or journal articles in relation to this needs to be ascertained. This is to determine the position of Muslim Medical Imaging practitioners in presenting Islamic beliefs, thoughts, values or practices to address the various concepts in their field of specialsation. It would also be worthwhile to determine how well these individuals have contributed to complement the efforts of other Muslim professionals in other fields of specialisation.

This paper presents the status of Islamic perspectives in journal articles indexed in Scopus as a general indicator of the prominence of Islamic perspectives being addressed in the scientific writings. The study highlights the various Islamic themes that these literatures represent. Special emphasis was given to the field of Medical Imaging. The results show a dearth in the frequency and type of Islamic perspectives being addressed in Medical Imaging. The implications of this void were discussed and proposals were made to overcome the situation. These serve to facilitate for clear directions for future undertakings in aligning Islam to the profession.

Current status in Medical Imaging literature

The advent of Medical Imaging and its subsequent technological advancements and practices has been influenced by the West. Subsequently, there is a heavy dependence on Western literature addressing the theory and practice of the discipline. The present author, an academician in Medical Imaging acknowledges the dearth of references to spiritual or religious matters in Medical Imaging textbooks. There is hardly any mention of the term "God" or "Superior Being", what more the Islamic perspective in the term "Allah" in these type of literature. The influence of such literatures upon the minds of a Muslim Medical Imaging practitioner and Medical Imaging student is the dichotomy between professional knowledge and practice to essence of the religion. This gives the impression that the secularisation agenda is successful, with or without any noticeable effect on the Muslim Medical Imaging practitioner. Subconsciously, this could effectively distance the Muslim practitioner, in terms of segregation of worldly professional matters to the principles and objectives of what Islam champions. …

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