THE STANCE OF SCHOLARS ON THE SCIENTIFIC INTERPRETATION OF THE COSMIC VERSES IN THE HOLY QURAN: A REVIEW
موقف العلماء من التفسير العلمي للآيات الكونية في القرآن الكريم
Keywords:Scholars, Scientific Interpretations, Cosmic verses, Different approaches
The topic of how the Qur'an and science relate to each other has been the subject of continuous debate. Various incredible researchers have contributed to it since the early centuries of Islam, and the discussion over it has intensified in modern times. Muslims encountered traditional science more than a century ago and responded to it positively. Though a majority of them attempted to include it in Qur'anic exegeses, a few were not in favor of such an approach. Modern Muslim scholars, on the contrary, used science to support the validity and miraculous nature of the Qur'an. A rapidly developing field of enquiry called 'scientific interpretation' is on the rise. This color of interpretation has appeared, specialists and non-specialists have entered in its door, and writings on it have increased more than other traditional tafsir colors in the modern era. Many scholars did not accept it, and some of them neglected it and some of them mediated, and thus we are now facing the three categories. This paper attempts to draw an overview of this debate. As there are so many writings in the field, it is inevitable that the following discussion will be brief and highly selective.