Nidhal Guessoum

Nidhal GuessoumIn hmolscience, Nidhal Guessoum (1960-) (DN:1) is an Algerian-born United Arab Emirate astrophysicist noted for his 2010-present pro-science position in respect to reconciliation of Islamic faith and modern science, e.g. evolution theory.

Religion | Science
Guessoum is an observant Muslim, who doesn’t believe in miracles, e.g. considering stories such as Muhammad’s night journey on the flying horse to be “spiritual experience”; believes in evolution, e.g. when queries about the story of Adam and Eve, i.e. the Quranic version of the clay creation myth, stated that he sees theses as metaphorical, allowing for “flexible” interpretation, in a way that evolution fits into the description and he objects to the anti-evolution tactics of people such as Turkish creationist Harum Yahya.

Golden age | Islamic scientists
The four big scientific figures in Islam’s golden age, according to Algerian-born astrophysicist Nidhal Guessoum (2010), are: al-Khwarizmi, inventor of algebra and coiner of “algorithm”, Alhazen (Ibn al-Haytham), Avicenna (Ibn Sina), and Abu al-Biruni, who exchanged many letters with the former; Averroes (Ibn Rushd) is also tagged in this group as a related universal scholar. [1]

Guessoum completed his BS in theoretical physics at the University of Science and Technology of Algers, Algeria, in 1982, and his MS and PhD (1988) at the University of California at San Diego, the latter with a dissertation on “Thermonuclear Reactions of Light Nuclei in Astrophysical Plasmas”. Presently, he is a professor of astrophysics at the American University of Sharjah, United Arab Emirates.

The following are representative quotes:

“I don’t think science can answer questions about design and purpose.”
— Nidhal Guessoum (2010), “Response to question on design in the universe, creation of stars, and life, as an astrophysicist” [1]

See also
Mirza Beg | Beg-Thims dialogue
Mehdi Bazargan

1. Guessoum, Nidhal. (2010). “Interview”, in: Atoms and Eden (§16:215-28; Al-Biruni, pg. 217). Oxford University Press.

Further reading
● Guessoum, Nidhal. (2011). Islam’s Quantum Questions: Reconciling Muslim Tradition and Modern Science (abs) (thermodynamics, 3+ pgs). I.B. Tauris.
● Guessoum, Nidhal. (2012). “Does Islam Forbid Even Studying Evolution?” (Ѻ), Huffington Post, Jan 4.

External links
Nidhal Guessoum – Wikipedia.
Nidhal Guessoum (faculty) – American University of Sharjah.

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