- Paperback: 164 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (November 18, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1456335677
- ISBN-13: 978-1456335670
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.4 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 10.7 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 3 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,365,542 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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In Search of Our Origins: How the Quran Can Help in Scientific Research Paperback – November 18, 2010
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Jamshed Akhtar is a writer / researcher, about 65 years old, with a degree in Electrical Engineering from AMU (1969), Aligarh, India. He is involved in the study of religion since 1985. Akhtar is closely associated with several Muslim organizations dealing in scientific study of Islam. In 1996, Akhtar had written a research based fiction. This book entitled ‘The Ultimate Revelations’ is probably the first and only Science fiction in the world, with Quran as the central topic. The book was well covered by almost all the major news papers of India and UAE. Akhtar has also presented his researches on revealed knowledge in different workshops and seminars, in India. In UAE, Akhtar’s book was presented at ‘The Book Mall’ by Shaikha Azza, daughter of the ruler of Sharjah. Akhtar has also appeared on the 'Discover Islam' talk shows on Sharjah TV to explain his researches.
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In our unending quest for the answers that humanity routinely seeks, I came across Akhtar's book "In Search of our Origins: How the Quran can help in Scientific Research", and it turned out to be as much of an engrossing read as it was intriguing.
This 164 page non-fiction single handedly deals with the enigma of our creation so superbly; it leaves a person wondering after every page as to the ingenuity of its ideas.
The mystery covered are regarding our origins, how the first molecule of life sprung into existence, what could have been the mechanism involved, the coming into being of modern human being and his mate simultaneously to make up the world as it is today. But the most remarkable aspect of this book is perhaps the way in which Akhtar has attempted to bridge the age-old gap of religion and science.
Religion and science has been at war since eons. The disparity runs so deep that the world is now divided into two clear camps of evolutionists and creationists. The specialty of this book is that it presents a middle path that links the two divergent opinions. And this middle path is not based on wishes and speculations of the author. The arguments are solidly backed by scientific studies and the epistemological studies of the scripture.
According to Akhtar, Quran contains a multitude of "pointers", out of which he has isolated more than hundred that give us an insight into the mechanism of our creation. Akhtar feels that these pointers can help us choose the most probable model out of the many available for the unending mysteries of creation. Combining such choice with the scientific researches, we can then know for certain whether our emergence on the planet was an interplay of evolution and chance or was it something else... a subtle but intelligent intervention here and there to bring about the changes we see today.
Akhtar has also dealt with the mysteries surrounding the existence of angels and Jinns, and what role they may have played in our creation and what could have been the Paradise from which our ancestors are supposed to have descended. All of the arguments as I said earlier have a sound logical base and even if he has ventured into speculation, he has presented his arguments with pure logic and a scientific base.
Throughout the book, it can be noticed that Akhtar has been extremely communicative with the non-scientific/ non-religious public, going to great lengths to break down the complex information in comprehensible fragments. The text is light, clear, informative and precise. And the enthusiasm and intense dedication to bring forth his ideas can be reflected in his humble assertions, never once sounding doctrinal or pedantic.
However the criticisms to be faced by this book may be many. The first and the foremost is the "allegiance factor". Most scientific developments thrive on the shoulders of western civilization. Reading and understanding the text with an unbiased mind may be tough for a western Intellectual, who is getting bombarded daily by negative images of Niqab, Hejab and fear of Muslims running riot with their antiquated Sharia laws. Muslims, on the other hand, having voluntarily frozen the wheel of dynamic interpretation of Islam, are also likely to reject such a radical departure from the traditional interpretation of their sacred text, specially the arguments regarding the birth of Adam, Eve and Jesus Christ. Such a bias from both sides is very much possible but succumbing to it and ignoring this "window" of information, as the author suggests, would be a great loss of humanity.
Akhtar asks us to shake off the bias and negativity surrounding this science and religion interface, look and understand for once, what might be the possible answers to the universe's never ending mysteries. I highly recommend this book for everyone who is willing to set aside this bias to enjoy this highly engrossing and original read. Fabulous!
The author has researched the subject of our origins in depth and presented the reader with a well-balanced book, which is easy to understand. Not only has he has studies the Quran in depth, and indeed other religious teachings, has also looked at the scientific explanations of our origins throughout the ages and presented his findings in an unbiased way.
Even though, through necessity, there are references to particular articles and paragraphs in studies and books, the author has managed to produce around these, a book which the reader finds easy to understand and absorb.
The insight into the Quran, its teachings, other beliefs and scientific theories about our evolution made this a fascinating read and personally, I found it very interesting. I also found it refreshing to be able to read a book of this genre without feeling as if you had to decide whose side you were on.