Qur’an and Science
is a topic becoming ever more important as Muslims try to not only present the Qur’an as not conflicting with modern science, but make the much stronger claim that the Qur’an is predicting modern scientific discoveries. This is used by many Muslims as a major proof for the divine origin of the Qur’an.
The next step is to call on all who hear it to become Muslims on this basis.
Since we do not believe the Qur’an to be from God, we are called upon to answer these claims and will soon present a very thorough investigation into the various details of this topic.
Until the larger database of articles is prepared have a look at the links and articles in the section Qur’an, Islam and Science.
However, in the section Rebuttal to “It is the truth” we already have a systematic response to all the material of the main Islamic site propagating this approach.
The whole argument is fallacious: Can “Modern Science” be found in the Qur’an?
Science and Islam explains why Islam and Science are not getting along very well.
The main issue propagated by Muslims seem to be the claims on embryology, therefore in the following an updated discussion:
Embryology and the Qur’an
- Embryology in the Qur’an (, , , , ) [The Muslim Argument]
- Greek and Jewish ideas about reproduction in the Qur’an and hadith by Martin Taverille
- ‘ALAQA (clot?) and other embryological stages in the Qur’an by Dr. W. F. Campbell
- A second look at “Embryology in the Qur’an” by Lactantius
- Qur’anic Embryology (Dr. Yusuf Needham and Dr. Butrus Needbeer)
- Complete list of verses on man’s origin
- Two Pre-embryonic Stages?
- Is an embryo “something that clings”?
- Remarks on the scientific facts of Embryology in the Qur’an.
Rebuttals to Shabir Ally’s Science in the Qur’an
seriesThe Structure of the Universe
- The Quran and the Shape of the Earth
- The Shape of the Earth
- Are Mountains “Pegs” Which Prevent the Earth from Shaking?
- The Rotation of the Earth and The Direction of Rotation of the Earth
- The Existence and Location of the Seven Earths
- Islam and the Setting of the Sun
- Different Points in the Rising and Setting of the Sun
- The scientific miracle of the date branch like appearance of the moon orbit
- The Thunder and the Moon
- Astronomy and the Qur’an
- The Qur’an and the Red Rose Nebula
- Moon Light is Reflected Light
- The Qur’an and rain
- The Qur’an on Water (a barrier between waters, ground water, etc.)
- Male and Female Fruits?
- Noah’s Ark Or Noah’s Steamboat?
- Qur’an in your DNA!
- How Birds Fly
- Talking Ants in the Qur’an?
- The Amazing Fables of Islam
- Zaid ibn Amr ibn Nufail’s Cosmological Views and Their Influence on the Quran
- Did the Qur’an prophesy the exact time when astronauts would bring rocks from the moon to the earth?
- Islam and the Magical World of Genies and Dragons
- There are 360 Joints in the Human Body
- Muhammad and the 90 feet tall Adam
- Is It Safe to Drink Water Polluted by a Dead Donkey?
- Hadith Cosmology
- Of Fire and Oceans
- The Stone That Took Off Running
- Fly Wing Medicine
Articles on other sites evaluating the claims regarding Qur’an and Science:
- Miracle of Reinterpretation
- Ali Sina’s review of a debate between Dr. Zakir Naik and Dr. William Campbell on the topic The Qur’an and the Bible in the Light of Science
Did Islam rescue science?
Besides the claims of miraculous scientific revelation in Islamic texts, there is the claim that the West lost all the science of antiquity and it was rescued by Islamic scholars and relearned from them. There are glowing claims and theories about Islam’s contribution to science in the Medieval Age. However, these theories are more and more challenged in academia:
- Does Islam encourage scientific advancement?
- Does the Christian West Owe Anything to the Islamic East?
- Hyping Islam’s role in the History of Science
- The not-so-golden age of Islamic philosophy
- The Great Divide: The failure of Islam and the Triumph of the West