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“With his blend of charisma and keen sense of how to navigate the tricky terrain between modern science and Muslim faith, Guessoum is emerging as one of the key figures in public debates about Islam and science.” -- Chronicle of Higher Education

""This book is essential reading for all those who wish to understand the relationship between Islam and science from both historical and contemporary perspectives. From Averroes to al-Ghazzali, and from Iqbal to Nasr, the author provides a well-informed survey and critique of the very different ways in which Islamic philosophers and scientists have contributed to the scientific enterprise. Muslims and non-Muslims alike will find that this fascinating overview fills a gap in the current literature on science and religion. Firmly committed to mainstream science, the author gives short shrift to those who attempt to find scientific truths hidden in different verses of the Qu’ran. Instead Prof. Guessoum sees the theistic framework as providing the basis for the intrinsic rationality and coherence of the universe, a framework within which the scientific enterprise can continue to flourish in a way that is consonant with religious belief."" —Denis Alexander, Director, The Faraday Institute for Science and Religion, St. Edmund’s College, University of Cambridge

About the Author

Nidhal Guessoum is Professor of Physics and Astronomy at the American University of Sharjah, United Arab Emirates. He has published widely on the mutual compatibility of science and the Islamic tradition. His book Reconcilier L'Islam et la Science Moderne was published in France in 2009.

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  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: I. B. Tauris; 53745th edition (February 15, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1848855184
  • ISBN-13: 978-1848855182
  • Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 1.1 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,337,704 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Author is a respected astrophysicists who has a an excellent command of science, Islam and their histories together.

But more than just talking about the big bang and evolution (and how easily Muslims could accommodated both with obvious verses), this book has an excellent, comprehensive, textbook like, primer on the Islamic philosophies, history of western scientific interpretation/philosophy and current contemporary views on science from the Muslim world.

Author is objective and thorough. Calls out bs where he believes it evident, sites directions in which the Muslim world needs to move in going forward and presents his opinions on the matter as well.

A must read for anyone remotely interested in Islam & science. If you haven't read this book then you probably shouldn't open your mouth.
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Especially liked his thorough background review of philosophy of science and how he calls out Harun Yahya as basically a charlatan.
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This book provides an interesting overview of science as it is regarded in the Muslim world as well as a proposal by a Muslim scientist to reconcile his culture with a what is perceived by Muslim orthodoxy as a Western, materialist study. The book is worthwhile reading for anyone interested in the struggle between orthodoxy and secularism although it is not particularly well written.
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"Islam's Quantum Question: Reconciling Muslim Tradition and Modern Science" by Nidhal Guessoum (2011). The Muslim author believes that most Muslim-oriented countries are not as technologically advanced as Western countries. The author believes that for Muslim countries to improve their impoverished economies that they need to study `Western science'. Essentially, the author wants Muslims to study western science by reading books or magazines discussing western science. However, the author believes that conservative, fundamentalist Muslim theologians [who like many fundamentalist Christians] fear Muslims reading Western science books will abandon Islam. [Not to go into many details, but I forget whether it is in the Quran or the ahadith, but these writings contend that the Muslim Prophet Mohammad said that (1) the bad-disease on the right wing of a fly found in one's soup can be offset by the good-medication on a fly's left wing will offset the bad wing: hence, mix both wings together; and (2) earthquakes are caused when Allah himself reaches down and rattles mountains that are like pegs in the earth: mountains exist so that Allah can rattle them to produce earthquakes to punish man for his/her sins. This is what is called `Islamic science' - stuff that comes from either the Koran or the ahadeeth.] So to overcome this anti-science mentality the author has scrounged through the al-Coran in finding dozens and dozens of ayat that seem to suggest that Muslims should read non-Islamic (science) books. The author sort of tosses out all of these ayats to see what will "stick to the wall" - a Muslim's mind - in hopefully enticing a Muslim to read Western science books or articles (like `National Geographic' or `Scientific American' magazines) - a really scandalous, `bida' (innovation) idea.Read more ›
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