Bigliardi, Stefano, Islam and the Quest for Modern Science. Conversations with Adnan Oktar, Mehdi Golshani, Mohammed Basil Altaie, Zaghloul El-Naggar, Bruno Guiderdoni and Nidhal Guessoum, Visby (Suède), SRII, 2014, 216p.
Stefano Bigliardi (2014) Islam and the Quest for Modern Science.
Conversations with Adnan Oktar, Mehdi Golshani, Mohammed Basil Altaie,
Zaghloul El-Naggar, Bruno Guiderdoni and Nidhal Guessoum. Foreword by Leif Stenberg. Istanbul: Swedish Research Institute in Istanbul (Series Transactions).
“I identified a select number of Muslim authors notable for their recent
publications and media interventions on Islam and science. After assimilating
their works, I embarked on a series of travels to different countries in the Middle
East, where I have conducted interviews with them in order to reconstruct, in a
highly readable form, their main ideas on Islam and science as well as their
positions on specific sensitive issues taken up by past and present colleagues and adversaries. (…) While working on this book I regarded myself as an explorer and a mediator. Hopefully I could convey at least an idea of the complexity and
diversity of the ideas at stake. (…) The dialogues offered here as well as the
introductory remarks and afterthoughts will achieve their aim if they provide
their readers with a general survey of the debate, a sense of its scope and a
glimpse at its complex conceptual knots and ambitious agenda. It is my hope the
readers will be enticed into reading the work of these six authors and others and,
ultimately, to join the debate itself either as newcomers or with their specific
From the Introduction
“Muslims as well a as believers in all religions have always grappled with how to religiously understand and explain developments in society. In more recent times, the many interpretations that exist regarding almost all
issues in human life display a plurality of opinions on the true meaning of Islam. Islam and the Quest for Modern Science is an excellent introduction to questions that, from a Muslim and confessional position, can be understood either as a challenge, a threat or a possibility. Muslim approaches, confessional or not, toward modern science are undoubtedly diverse, and how to Islamically understand modern science is a key topic at the core of today¹s discussion on the function of Islam. Therefore, this book is an important contribution that not only fills a gap in the study of Islam, but also portrays a discourse that touches upon fundamental questions in the production of Islamic theologies and the understanding of Islam among Muslims in general.”
From the Foreword by Leif Stenberg.