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God is not a Delusion: A Muslim Doctor Presents Evidence for Belief Paperback – July 27, 2012
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About the Author
Dr Sheeza Ali MBBS. MCPS. FCPS. Dr Sheeza Ali is an ophthalmologist. She lived with her family in Wellington, New Zealand at the time of writing this book. Presently, she is serving the government of the Maldives.
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I am really amazed that a medical doctor could write a book in this topic. The author have presented the points in a logical and structural way so it is very easy to read and follow the contents. A vast amount of survey regarding scientific findings and interpretations have been presented in the book. After reading the book, I came to realize that we need to explorring the ways of thinking is more important than exploring the facts. I thank the author from my heart.
I strongly recommend all to read this book. You will definitely not regret.
I have been very skeptical of the content that may be in this book and have almost dismissed it as another addition to the list of atheist bashing books. But because the book is written from an Islamic point of view, (a viewpoint that I have not read before, even though I have debated with Muslims) I thought I will give it a try.
This book by Dr Sheeza Ali, an ophthalmologist from the Maldives, has made me think twice about my arguments.
I particularly liked the way she has touched on how we boast of our achievements and accomplishments. Her arguments simplified for me some thoughts that I have, in the past, not given too much attention to. Analyzing human accomplishments from different points of view made me THINK about them from the different perspectives Dr Ali have used in her book. And I thank Dr Ali for this.
I also liked the way Dr Ali has covered evolution. I realized that there is a variety of ideas even among Muslims when it comes to Darwinian evolution. But they are still less wide-ranging than some of the ideas from the Christians.
I tend to agree with some of her arguments in the chapter on evolution. The part about evolution of the stick insect has left me thinking. The example of the stick insect is a good one and her arguments are well presented. She has touched the issue right at its heart by questioning the process through which the stick insect acquired its shape and ability to camouflage. I think counter-arguments to this example will be probably hard to defend.
Another thing that I noticed is that Dr Ali is a strong believer of Intelligent Design - something that I do not frequently come across when debating with Muslims.
She has also written about God, mathematics, science, materialism, design in the universe, and science and the Qur'an. Very cleverly, she has caught some quotes from Richard Dawkins and convinces the readers that Dawkins also believes the universe is a creation by god. She argues very strongly that we need to change our thinking in order to see god's handiwork. In her words, "we need a paradigm shift."
The one thing that I took with a bit of salt is her portrayal of Islam. I can understand her being sympathetic to her religion but I found some parts of the chapter on Islam an overtly glossed presentation of the religion. But this could be forgiven for the chapter on religion titled "Religion and Islam" is a mere seven pages.
As for the book being "another addition" that I have mentioned earlier, I must admit that this is not just another addition. Dr Ali has presented some thought provoking arguments and I enjoyed reading this book.
Being objective, I give five stars for the book because even though I do not agree with all her arguments, this book is well written and made me think about life in particular and the universe in general.
I recommend this book to atheists, agnostics and even the religious if they are interested in the science and religion debate.
A thought not directly related to the book's content but has left me wondering is how an ophthalmologist got into writing a book on God. I sense an interesting story behind it.