The Qur’an and Modern Science

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Registration Deadline:  8th March 2019

The Qur’an and Modern Science

About the Course

     The “Quran and Modern Science” course has been designed and developed with the purpose to explore the relationship between the Quran and Modern Science or the Modern Scientific method. It will provide students with an accurate reflection and understanding of the Quran. It will explore whether the modern scientific method is a reliable tool to assess the divine nature of the Quran and whether it should be used as a tool at all to comment on the Quran or its divine origin. The course will provide a profound analysis of arguments, counter-arguments and the various discourses which are relative to what science says. Students on the course will be able to analyse the extent to which it is right to justify, acknowledge, support or refuse proposed theories in light of the Quran or Quranic exegesis.

Lecturers

Shaykh Dr. Rafaqat Rashid

Dr. Mohammed Basil Altaie

Shaykh Usman Ali

Ustadh Hamza Andreas Tzortzis

Ustadh Sharif Randhawa

Dr. Shoaib Ahmed Malik

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Starts on March 3rd, 2019.

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Course Instructors

Shaykh Dr. Rafaqat Rashid

Ustadha Sidra Nayeem

Dr. Mohammed Basil Altaie

Shaykh Usman Ali

Ustadh Hamza Andreas Tzortzis

Main Modules 

1. Quran and Modern Science

  • Understanding the Nature of Science
  • A Brief History of Science
  • The Foundation of Science – Key Principles
  • The Scientific Method
  • Understanding the Purpose of the Quran
  • The Quranic Method
  • Key Principles in Quranic Exegesis
  • Different Views on the Scientific Explanation of the Qur’an
    • The Modernists
    • The Advocates
    • The Rejectionists
    • The Moderates

2. Scientific Miracles in the Quran - Key Concerns

  • Quran and Science – Compatible or Incompatible?
  • Does the Quran Contain Scientific Miracles?
  • Muslim Apologist Narrative on Scientific Miracles
  • The Scientific Miracles Narrative – Key Concerns
  • How to Reconcile and Discuss Science in the Quran
  • Scientism, the Problem of Induction and Empiricism
  • A New Approach
  • Scientists on the Quran

3. Quranic Verses and Scientific Criticism

  • The Nature and the Purpose of the Quran
  • Claims about “Unscientific Verses” and “Scientific Errors in the Quran” – A Critical Analysis
  • How to Deconstruct these Unscientific Claims?
  • Religious Scientism – Should we Force Scientific Meanings onto the Quran?
  • Balancing between Scientific Criticism and Religious Scientism

4. The Big Bang Theory and the Quran

  • Cosmological Principles – An Overview
  • Quranic Verses related to the Creation Of the Universe
  • Various Cosmologies in the history of Islamic thought
  • Is the “Big Bang” Theory Mentioned in the Quran?
  • Does the Quran Support the Expanding or Static Universe?
  • How should we go about discussing findings in physics/cosmology and the Quran?

5. Quranic Verses and Astronomy

  • Astronomy: Key Principles
  • Quranic Verses
    • The Sun and Moon.
    • Stars and Planets
    • Orbits
    • The Day and Night
    • The Solar Apex
  • Is There a Conflict between the Quran and New Astronomical Discoveries?
  • Criticism
  • The Way Forward

6. Quran and Creation - Fakhr al-Razi's Perspective

  • Creation of heavens and the earth
  • Creation and the Origin of Man
  • Act of Creation – ex nihilo, immediate, and at one stroke?

7. Quranic Verses: Geology and Biology

  • Quranic Verses: New Geological Discoveries
    • Quranic Verses on Water Cycle
    • Quranic Verses about Mountains
  • Quran and New Biological Discoveries
    • Quranic Verses related to Botany
    • Quranic Verses related to Physiology

8. Human Embryology and The Noble Quran

  • Fertilisation
  • Implantation
  • Embryo
  • Criticism
  • The Way Forward

9. Quranic Historical Records and Modern Science

  • The accuracy of Historical Records in the Qur’an
  • Quran and Modern Archaeological Discoveries
  • The Claims of the Historical Errors in the Quran
  • Key Concerns
  • The Way Forward

10. The Bible, The Quran and Science – A Comparative Study

  • Dr. Maurice Bucaille and His Book – An Overview
  • Quranic and Biblical Narrations
    • The Concept of Creation
    • Age of the Earth
    • The Flood
    • The Pharaoh
  • Key Concerns
  • The Quranic Position

11. Quran and Modern Science – Resolving the Mystery of the Universe

  • Who Has Created the Universe?
  • What is the Purpose of Our Life?
  • What will happen after Our Death?
  • The Questions Unresolved by Science
  • The Quranic Answers

12. Quran and Modern Science - Contemporary Issues and Challenges

  • Contemporary Issues in Muslim Education Sector
  • Teaching Science and the Quran – How to Reconcile or Discuss Science in the Quran?
  • Teaching Evolution or Big Bang Theories – Key Issues
  • How to Address Concerns regarding Muslim Youth
  • Practical Guidelines for Sharia Scholars and Imams – How to Interpret the Quranic Verses relevant to the Scientific Fields?
  • Practical Guidelines for Parents, Teachers and Muslim Leaders
  • Muslim Scientists, Sharia Scholars and Academics – How to Build a Platform

Course Overview

The Quran and Modern Science course meticulously prepared for those who would like to explore, analyze, compare and contrast a plethora of scientific discoveries in light of the Quran. The course will further examine the nature of the Quran’s divine origin, modern scientific criticisms and contemporary debates on Qur’anic exegesis (Tafsir). This will be conducted with respect to debates on science in the Quran, including ideas such as: the Big Bang Theory, Creationism, the theory of Evolution and further a wide scope of apparent scientific assertions within the Quran. The course will cover various sciences including but not limited to: Astronomy, Physics, Geography, Oceanography, Biology, Botany, Zoology, Physiology and Embryology. The course has been designed in a way that it will equip the students and learners with valuable insights into the contemporary scientific debates about the Quran. Students will be able to identify and explain the accurate Quranic interpretation methods and thus be provide with a solid base for further studies and exploration.

The course will effectively engage in ideas that surround the doubts which often arise due to modern scientific developments. Although Scientific discoveries that support the Quran are discussed, the course will also address the fundamental question: “Should we use science to justify the Quran?”

Learning Outcome

On completion of this module, the students will be able to:

  • Develop a distinct understanding of the compatibility between the Quran and Modern Science.
  • Examine the use of Science in Quranic exegesis in light of the experts of the field of exegesis (Tafsir)
  • Analyse key scientific discoveries such as the Big bang, Evolution and various other theories or discoveries in the light of the Quran or Islamic viewpoint.
  • Compare and evaluate criticism held by Scientists and Modern Theologists on Quran and learn how to deconstruct their claims in an academic manner.
  • Demonstrate an ability to identify contemporary issues related to the Quran and Modern Science and explain how to reconcile and discuss Science in the Quran.

Frequently Asked Questions

How is this online course structured?
Our online program comprises enriched learning sessions, engaging, on-demand live and recorded video lessons. Our course is innovatively divided into different modules and sub models. The learners can ask questions, get their doubts cleared if they have any. You can get support from our course instructors or academic support team during live sessions or even after the sessions as needed.
Is it compulsory to attend LIVE sessions? Will it be count towards the progress of my course?
We always encourage that you should attend LIVE sessions but if, in any case, you miss attending one of the sessions then you can always have access to the recorded session (Yes, you will receive recorded video of the LIVE session you have missed).
When will I have access to the online course material?
Right after successful enrolment, you will get access to myAlbalagh which is our online learning portal where you can get access to the pre-course material. The course content will be released gradually after starting the course.
When will LIVE sessions be scheduled?
Date, Day, and Time for each LIVE session will always be pre-scheduled. To know more about the schedule on live sessions, please, visit “myAlbalagh” and click on the tab “Schedule.” You will get complete details.
What if I am not able to attend LIVE sessions?
If, in any case, you miss attending LIVE session, you can catch up by watching the video recordings later at your convenient time. To get access to the video recordings, you should visit “myAlbalagh” by using your sign-in details. You can get access to “myAlbalagh” through your laptop, desktop or from your mobile.
What if I have questions to ask but can’t attend Live?
Please, get access to “myAlbalagh” and reach “Discussion Board.” It is this place where you can ask questions, discuss and get your doubts cleared. Our support staff will take your queries forward and get answers for you from your course instructors.
How do I interact with my classmates?
You can use “Discussion Board” to get connected to other course learners as well. But we recommend that the discussion here on “Discussion Board” shall be relevant only to the course being taken. Strictly, no personal discussions or chatting. You can also interact with your classmates in our “Whatsapp Group” exclusive for the course students
How long will I have access to the online program?
You will have access to the online course content up to 2 years. Please contact our admin team by Email at [email protected] if you want lifetime access.
Are family/group discounts available?
Yes, we provide discount for groups or families who are interested in joining one of our courses. Please, email us to get complete details on it.
I am having trouble signing into my private member portal. What should I do?
In case, if you find any trouble accessing your account then please, contact us immediately. We make sure that your problem gets resolved at the earliest.
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