It became clear to Çelebi that the rational and philosophical sciences alone were inadequate means for attaining truthful knowledge of God, and that rational understanding must be complemented with transmitted religious wisdom if one was to be able to ‘fly’ towards the truth. ‘Because two wings are necessary to fly,’ he wrote, ‘one cannot take a distance with one wing. Rational and religious sciences are comparable to two wings.’
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Originally published in ‘Ilm: Science, Religion and Art in Islam, edited by Samer Akkach. University of Adelaide, 2019.