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Scientology and Islam
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Scientology claims continuity or analogies with various religious traditions, including Islam. Its founder, Lafayette Ronald Hubbard (1911–86), generally referred to in Scientology literature as L. Ron Hubbard, began propagating such claims through the organisation’s publications in the 1970s, but other works by Hubbard, as well as texts currently disseminated by the Scientology organisation, also contain remarks about Islam.

In 1950 L. Ron Hubbard, an American pulp fiction writer, claimed the discovery of Dianetics, a “science” of the human mind. Dian…

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Bigliardi, Stefano, “Scientology and Islam”, in: Encyclopaedia of Islam, THREE, Edited by: Kate Fleet, Gudrun Krämer, Denis Matringe, John Nawas, Devin J. Stewart. Consulted online on 19 July 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1573-3912_ei3_COM_40877>
First published online: 2022
First print edition: 9789004464612, 20220701, 2022-4

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