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Scholars, their Ideas and Commentaries (In Defense of the Academe)

Not all scholarly ideas are meant for the consumption of the masses just as not all sciences are structured in ways that could be easily explained to the layman.

A starving refugee need not know the details of the science of economics nor should a tribesman living in tents have a working knowledge of the theory of indoor air quality.

But knowledge of both sciences, couched in simple terms, can be beneficial for both the refugee and the tribesman.

Academic theories and ideas, much like philosophical expositions, are useful for scholars to figure out the ways by which complex problems pertaining to life and the world could be addressed.

After having clarified these problems in high-sounding language, scholars then have the duty to explain the complexities of their sciences in simple terms to the masses.

But we must agree to disagree that some scholars are just not able to simplify the ideas they seek to promote for the benefit of mankind. The people around them therefore must take on the responsibility to clarify certain issues that remain obscure or that are seemingly vague and difficult to follow.

This explains the Culture of Commentaries that exist in the scholarly world, particularly so, in the Muslim Civilizations, then and now. One scholar’s work would be commented upon by his/her students to arrive at a better understanding of what has been said.

Because of the tireless efforts of Scholars and their Disciples, what we have today is a legacy of Commentaries that has enabled us to better appreciate the Great Sages who have pushed us forward in history.

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