Weird science – the perils of Muslim scholarship

I am posting Ziauddin Sardar’s article published in the New Statesman (August 21,2008) that explores the ‘nonesense”of some Muslim scholars who claim that everything from genetics to robotics and space travel is mentioned in the Quran.

Science has acquired a new meaning in certain Muslim circles. When classical Muslim scholars declared that “whosoever does not know astronomy or anatomy is deficient in the knowledge of God”, they were emphasising the importance of the scientific spirit in Islam and encouraging the pursuit of empirical science. But today, to a significant section of Muslims, science includes the discovery of “scientific miracles” in the Quran. […]