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date: 06 August 2020

(p. v) Acknowledgements

(p. v) Acknowledgements

During its three‐year gestation period the Handbook has profited greatly from the expertise, wisdom, and ongoing support of the Editorial Committee: John Polkinghorne, Arthur Peacocke, Ian Barbour, Nancey Murphy, and Jeffrey Schloss. Because each of them is an acknowledged expert in the field of science and religion—and not least because they did not always agree among themselves on what should and should not be included—the Handbook is more comprehensive and more even‐handed than it would otherwise have been.

We have also benefited immensely from the advice of dozens of other scholars around the world, who have invested significant energy and effort in directing us toward persons to ask, debates to include, and mistakes to avoid. I am particularly grateful for the role that my naturalist friends have played in ‘balancing out’ my theistic perspective and ensuring a uniformly fair treatment of religious traditions, philosophical schools, and the naturalism–theism debate itself.

The staff at Oxford University Press in Oxford have again demonstrated why they are known as the most professional team in academic publishing worldwide. The initial structuring of the project occurred under the direction of Hilary O'Shea. The project came to fruition under the skilled hand and sometimes firm guidance of Lucy Qureshi. We are grateful also to Jean van Altena, Dorothy McCarthy, and Elizabeth Robottom for their invaluable assistance during the copy‐editing and production process.

Producing a text of fifty‐six chapters would have been impossible without the competent and dedicated help of a whole team of graduate students at Claremont. Andrea Zimmerman worked for six months researching and contacting authors in the early phase of the project; Fay Ellwood took over for the next six months as drafts began to come in; and Emily Bennett brought her editing and organizational skills to the hectic final phase of assembling the Handbook. We gratefully acknowledge the professional help of Casey Crosbie‐Nell and Jason Stevens in the final formatting and preparation of the typescript. Joining the team with her usual high standards was my long‐time transcriptionist in Santa Rosa, Jheri Cravens.

Above all, I wish to thank the book's Associate Editor and my fellow scholar at Claremont, Zachary Simpson. Not only did he spearhead the correspondence with the dozens of authors, logging in some 2,800 letters sent and received, but he has also worked as a full colleague in making editorial decisions and commenting on chapter drafts. Editing a Handbook of this size is a ‘trial by fire’ even for the most (p. vi) experienced scholar; if Zachary Simpson's performance on this project is any indication, he has some great books ahead of him.

We gratefully acknowledge permission from Professor Seyyed Hossein Nasr and the Editor of the Islamic Quarterly for permission to republish a modified version of his article, ‘The Islamic World‐view and Modern Science’.