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|Zaghloul El Naggar|
|Native name||زغلول النجار|
November 17, 1933 |
|Occupation||Geologist, Chairman, Committee of Scientific Notions in the Glorious Qur'an. Supreme Council of Islamic Affairs, Cairo, Egypt.|
Zaghloul El Naggar (Arabic: زغلول النجار, IPA: [zæɣˈluːl ennɑɡˈɡɑːɾˤ]) is a geologist, Muslim scholar, and Muslim author. The main theme of El-Naggar's books has been science in Quran; his philosophy of science is blended with religion. He left his academic career to become the Chairman of Committee of Scientific Notions in the Qur'an, Supreme Council of Islamic Affairs, Cairo, Egypt. His writing genre is Ijaz (miraculous) literature.
He received his bachelor's degree from the University of Cairo. He obtained his PhD in Geology from the University of Wales in the United Kingdom in 1963. El-Naggar is an elected Fellow of the Islamic Academy of Sciences (1988), a member of the Geological Society of London, the Geological Society of Egypt and the American Association of Petroleum Geologists, Tulsa, Oklahoma. He was imprisoned because of his political activism and beliefs during his student life. He was considered a grave threat to secular political establishment of Egypt. He was exiled from Egypt in early 1960s and could return to his country only in 1970.
El-Naggar wrote a book entitled The Geological Concept of Mountains in the Qur'an (2003). It was published when El-Naggar was the chair of geology at King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia. This book sold fairly well, leading El-Naggar to leave teaching and become the Chairman of Committee of Scientific Notions in the Qur'an.
El-Naggar published more than 150 scientific studies and articles, none of them peer reviewed, and 45 books in Arabic, English and French. Many of those publications deal with what are considered to be scientific miracles in Qur'an.
Controversial claims and religion
El-Naggar's views are controversial. Like other Ijaz Literature, his work often quotes verses of Qur'an and tries to find relationships between modern science and Qur'an. Like other claims of scientific foreknowledge in sacred texts, his work tries to associate the metaphorical language of the Qur'an to modern scientific concepts.
Splitting of the moon claim
Naggar claimed in 2004 that NASA had in 1978 confirmed in a television program the splitting of the moon, said by some Muslims to be a miracle attributed to the Islamic prophet Muhammad. A NASA scientist said not to believe everything on the internet, and "No current scientific evidence reports that the Moon was split into two (or more) parts and then reassembled at any point in the past".
- (Arabic) Biography of Zaghloul El Naggar in ZAYTODAY.com
- The Geological Concept of Mountains in the Qur'an In NEWVISION Website
- Ahmad Dallal, Science and the Qur'an, Encyclopedia of the Qur'an
- Book: Treasures in the Sunnah - A Scientific Approach, Zaghloul El Naggar, pub. Al-Falah Foundation for Translation, Publication, and Distribution, 2004, ISBN 977-367-029-3, p41-43, on Google books and cited on the author's Web site
- NASA Lunar Science - Evidence of the moon having been split in two