Index of Terms for: “Quantum Computing: An Islamic Ethico-Philosophical Perspective on the Frontiers of Science”

Index of Terms

  1. Quantum Mechanics: The branch of physics that deals with the behavior of particles at the atomic and subatomic levels, where classical mechanics does not apply.
  2. Quantum Computing: A type of computing that uses quantum-mechanical phenomena, such as superposition and entanglement, to perform operations on data.
  3. Superposition: A principle of quantum theory that describes a particle being in multiple states or positions simultaneously until it is observed.
  4. Entanglement: A quantum phenomenon where particles become interconnected so that the state of one (no matter the distance) can instantaneously affect the state of another.
  5. Quantum Interference: A quantum mechanics phenomenon where the probability amplitude of two or more waves adds together, affecting the likelihood of particle locations.
  6. ‘Ilm (Knowledge): In Islam, knowledge is highly valued and considered a means to understand the creation and the Creator.
  7. Ayat (Signs): Refers to the verses in the Quran and the phenomena in the universe considered as signs of Allah’s existence and attributes.
  8. Al-Ghaib (The Unseen): Islamic term for realms or matters beyond human perception and knowledge, only known by Allah.
  9. Mizan (Balance): The concept of balance and moderation in all aspects of life, including the ethical use of technology and natural resources.
  10. Khilafah (Stewardship): The Islamic principle that humans are caretakers of the Earth, responsible for its preservation and ethical utilization.
  11. Adl (Justice): The concept of fairness and equity in all actions and decisions, crucial in the development and application of technologies.
  12. Maslahah (Welfare): The principle of seeking the common good and benefits in actions and policies, especially in science and technology.
  13. Darar (Prevention of Harm): The Islamic legal maxim emphasizing the avoidance of harm and prevention of negative consequences in societal matters.
  14. Quantum Algorithms: Procedures or sets of rules followed by quantum computers to solve specific problems much faster than classical computers.
  15. Quantum Error Correction: Techniques used to protect quantum information from errors due to decoherence and other quantum noise.
  16. Quantum-Resistant Cryptography: Cryptographic algorithms thought to be secure against an attack by a quantum computer.
  17. Tawhid (The Oneness of Allah): The fundamental Islamic belief in the oneness of God, reflecting unity and interconnectedness in the universe.
  18. Quantum Supremacy: The potential ability of quantum computing devices to solve problems that classical computers practically cannot.

This index is intended to aid in navigating the complex concepts at the intersection of quantum computing and Islamic thought, facilitating a richer comprehension of the subject matter.

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