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Islamic creationism refers to creationism in the Islamic world. Although creationism in the West is more usually associated with fundamentalist Christianity, the Islamic world has its own version of creationism, with substantial (and not so substantial) differences.
Unlike the young Earth creationist movements within Christianity, few, if any, Muslim creationists insist that the world was created in a matter of days a few thousand years ago as most accept the Koran as a metaphorical and contemplative document. Translations of six "days" are also far more ambiguous than their explicitly Christian counterpart. However, they do reject evolution, and especially the notion that humans evolved from animals. They accept that the Earth and Universe are old.
Proponents and history
Many Muslims, especially more fundamentalist ones, believe in Qur'anic scientific foreknowledge. Believers often see Qur'anic scientific foreknowledge as "proof" of the Qur'an's divine nature and a means to convert people to Islam. The idea of Qur'anic scientific foreknowledge is a relatively recent invention, linked to rising Muslim creationism and fundamentalism.[note 1]
Maurice Bucaille, a French physician, promoted Qur'anic scientific foreknowledge in The Bible, The Qur'an and Science and other writings. Considering that Bucaille was living in Saudi Arabia at the time, was an employee of the Saudi royalty, and may have been paid to write said book by said royalty, it appears entirely plausible that Bucaille was
a government shill for not fully critical of Qur'anic scientific foreknowledge claims. Dr. Muhammad Rasjidi, translator of the book into Indonesian and former Indonesian Minister for Religious Affairs, describes Bucaille's book as "a half-baked mish-mash of pseudoscience and pseudo-exegesis". Despite this, Bucaille helped propagate Qur'anic scientific foreknowledge to regions that hadn't previously been exposed to the idea.
Harun Yahya is perhaps the most prolific and least credentialed propagator of Qur'anic scientific foreknowledge, with hundreds of websites, books, articles, and lawsuits on the subject. Within Islam, he is perhaps the most notorious proponent of creationism, and has been heavily influenced by American Christian creationism. In recent years, he has become one of the more vocal creationists and some of his publicity stunts and ramblings would make even Ted Haggard blush. He has repeatedly been shown to not know what he is talking about, such as with his Ask Darwinists question sheet (which even an amateur could answer easily) and mistaking a fishing lure for a live animal in one of his books. In line with Gish Gallop tactics, Yahya is probably there just to waste people's time and try to keep the "controversy" in the public eye in order to bilk more money out of the faithful, rather than make any real contribution.
- Qur'anic scientific errors
- Qur'anic scientific foreknowledge
- Qur'anic contradictions
- Qur'an (annotated)
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