The Divine Word and The Grand Design: Interpreting the Qur’an in the Light of Modern Science by Dr Basil Altaie

Beacon Books

The Qur’an is an invariably unique text, written in a language that holds a wealth of possible meanings and interpretations. In The Divine Word and The Grand Design, Dr Basil Altaie follows a new approach in discussing the scientific signs alluded to in the Qur’an by subjecting its verses to the scrutiny of linguistic and scientific analysis. Using two main sources—established scientific facts and authentic Arabic lexicons—the book explores contentious issues such as evolution and the Big Bang, showing how some verses in the Qur’an contain signs pointing to factual scientific meanings and descriptions. In this way, the Qur’an also provides proof for its own authenticity, making it a matchless divine text.

Through his findings, Altaie attempts to answer a pressing question confronting Muslims in the modern age: is it possible to adopt an ‘Islamic’ perspective in understanding the discoveries of natural sciences? The present book shows that rather being in opposition, true knowledge and a correct understanding of science consolidates belief in God.


Dr Basil Altaie is a Professor of Quantum Cosmology at Yarmouk University, Jordan, He obtained his PhD from Manchester University in 1978. He worked on fundamental research problems in Quantum Field Theory and General Relativity and has published more than two dozens of papers in peer reviewed journals like the Physical Review and the IOP journals. Over the past 40 years Altaie has taught many physics courses at Mosul University, Iraq and at Yarmouk University, Jordan and has supervised research projects at postgraduate levels. Altaie has worked on topics in Islamic Kalām that deals with problems of Natural Philosophy. He claims that Kalām can provide full view of the Islamic Philosophy of Nature. This he expressed in his book Daqīq al-Kalām: the Islamic Approach to Natural Philosophy. He has been invited by several universities and institutions worldwide to give talks about his theory. Altaie is the author of God, Nature and the Cause, a book published by KRM 2016 and 10 other titles in Arabic.