Maurice Bucaille

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Maurice Bucaille

Maurice Bucaille (French pronunciation: ​[moris bykaj]; 19 July 1920, Pont-l'Évêque, Calvados – 17 February 1998[1]), son of Maurice and Marie (James) Bucaille,[2] was a French medical doctor, member of the French Society of Egyptology, and an author. Bucaille practiced medicine from 1945–82 and was a specialist in gastroenterology.[2] In 1973, Bucaille was appointed family physician to king Faisal of Saudi Arabia. Another of his patients at the time included members of the family of then President of Egypt, Anwar Sadat.[3]


In 1974 Ramesses II mummy was sent to Paris for examination and study. Bucaille led a team of French scientists in examining the mummy.[citation needed] According to Maurice Bucaille, he was more interested in finding whether Ramesses II was the pharoh at the time of Moses and to find out how Ramesses died. He believes what he found was a turning point in his ideas that led him to become interested in Quran, and eventually he converted to Islam later.[4][5] This happened as in the process of investigating the body of Ramesses II he came across the presence of salt in the body, which corresponded to the Islamic view of the Pharaoh of Moses, and although this amount of info was present in the old testament too, Quran asserted that the body of the Pharaoh of Moses would be preserved.[6] In light of this confirmation of a Quranic oracle, Bucaille got interested in Islam and eventually converted.[7]

The Bible, The Qur'an and Science[edit]

In 1976 Bucaille published his book, The Bible, The Qur'an and Science which told that the Qur'an contains no statements contradicting established scientific facts.[8] Bucaille gives examples of astronomy, embryology, and multiple other subjects that had major advances in the 20th century. Bucaille told that the Quran is in agreement with scientific facts, while the Bible is not. He states that in Islam, science and religion have always been "twin sisters" (vii). According to Bucaille, there are "monumental errors" of science in the Bible and not a single error in the Quran. Bucaille's belief is that the Quran's descriptions of natural phenomena make it compatible with modern science. He concludes that the Quran is the Word of God. He also tells that some of the most celebrated scientific discoveries in the 20th century, were described in detail and accuracy.

Bucaille writes that the Old Testament has been distorted (tahrif) because of numerous translations and corrections as it was transmitted orally. He highlights, in his words, "numerous disagreements and repetitions", in the Old Testament and the Gospels. In his analysis, he states that he makes use of many propositions of biblical criticism, such as the documentary hypothesis.

The integrity of the book was challenged by a critique book written in Bengali named Bucailler Bhrantibilas (English: Bucaille's love of error) published in Dhaka, Bangladesh at the book fair 'Ekushe Boimela' in February 2015. The critique says that Bucaille wrote his book with an ill motive. He exposed himself a logical scientist whilst he condemned the holy Bible, but became a very cunning analyst whilst he discussed some verses of the holy Quran. He could not hide his partiality and cunning attitude because of his raw intention.

Bucaille urged in his book that since the Bible is not consistent with the modern scientific knowledge, it is not a divine scripture at all. On the contrary, there is not a single verse found in the holy Quran inconsistent to science, so it is fully scientific and purely divine scripture. Bucailler Bhrantibilas urges that all divine scriptures, including the Bible and the Quran, are obviously inconsistent with science and it is not necessary for the divine scriptures to be consistent to science. It is impossible for divine scriptures to be scientific. Divine scriptures are not to discuss the scientific matter but the morality and ethical instructions to humankind or believers.


"Bucailleism" is a term used for the movement to relate modern science with religion, and especially that of Islam.[9] Since the publishing of The Bible, the Quran and Science, Bucaillists have promoted the idea that the Quran is of divine origin, arguing that it contains scientifically correct facts.[10][11]

According to The Wall Street Journal, Bucailleism is "in some ways the Muslim counterpart to Christian creationism" although "while creationism rejects much of modern science, Bucailleism embraces it". It described Bucailleism as being "disdained by most mainstream scholars" but said it has fostered pride in Muslim heritage and played an important role in attracting converts.[12]


According to Sameer Rahim, writing in The Daily Telegraph, some of Bucaille's "assertions have been ridiculed by scientists and sophisticated theologians".[13]

Quranic predictions have also been called "vague descriptions of natural phenomena" employing "stretched or arbitrary" interpretations.[14] Alleged Quranic references in particular to the expanding universe, parallel universes, and cosmic structural hierarchies have been called "blatantly wrong."[15] Anti-Bucailleist arguments do not necessarily argue in favor of unbelief, since as one says, "God does not stand or fall depending on whether our scriptures know their physics."[15]

According to Ziauddin Sardar, "Bucaille's assertions are not wild; he is quite objective about his undertaking and remains more or less within the boundaries of common sense".[10]


  • What is the Origin of Man?. Islamic Book Service. 2005. p. 228. ISBN 81-7231-293-8. 
  • La Bible, le Coran et la Science : Les Écritures Saintes examinées à la lumière des connaissances modernes, Seghers 1976, (ISBN 978-2221501535), Pocket 2003, (ISBN 978-2266131032)
  • Les Momies des pharaons et la médecine, Séguier, 1987 (ISBN 2906284475). Mummies of the Pharaohs: Modern Medical Investigations by Maurice Bucaille. Translated by Alastair D. Pannell and the author. Illustrated. 236 pp. New York: St. Martin's Press.
  • Réflexions sur le Coran, with Mohamed Talbi, Seghers, (Reflections on the Koran), 1989 (ISBN 2232101487).
  • L'homme d'où vient-il? Les réponses de la science et des Écritures Saintes (Man where is he coming from? The responses of science and Scripture), Seghers, 1980 7ème éd.(ISBN 2221007816).
  • Moïse et Pharaon ; Les Hébreux en Egypte ; (Moses and Pharaoh, The Hebrews in Egypt) Quelles concordances de Livres saints avec l'Histoire, Seghers, 1995 (ISBN 2-232-10466-4).

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  1. ^ "DNB, Katalog der Deutschen Nationalbibliothek". Katalog der Deutschen Nationalbibliothek. 
  2. ^ a b Galegroup Biography Resource Center
  3. ^ New York Times review of Mummies of the Pharaohs: Modern Medical Investigations by Maurice Bucaille. Translated by Alastair D. Pannell and the author. Illustrated. 236 pp. New York: St. Martin's Press. [1]
  4. ^ ملفات متنوعة. "تعالوا معي إلى موريس بوكاي". 
  5. ^ "Is Dr. Maurice Bucaille a Muslim?". 
  6. ^ Quran 10:92
  7. ^
  8. ^ "Episode 3: The Islamic world is witnessing a trend for seeking 'scientific miracles' in the Qur'an". Islam and Science. Episode 3. 2 March 2009. 
  9. ^ Encyclopaedia of the history of science, technology, and medicine in non-western cultures, ed. Helaine Selin, retrieved 28 March 2011
  10. ^ a b Explorations in Islamic science Ziauddin Sardar, (1989), retrieved 28 March 2011
  11. ^ An illusion of harmony: science and religion in Islam (2007) Taner Edis, retrieved 28 March 2011
  12. ^ Daniel Golden (January 23, 2002). "Strange Bedfellows: Western Scholars Play Key Role in Touting `Science' of the Quran". Wall Street Journal. 
  13. ^ Sameer Rahim (8 Oct 2010). "Pathfinders: The Golden Age of Arabic Science by Jim al-Khalili: review". The Telegraph. 
  14. ^ Turkish physicist and philosopher Taner Edis. "Quran-science": Scientific miracles from the 7th century?
  15. ^ a b Taner Edis. Ghost in the Universe. Quotes from page 14. Prometheus Books.

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