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Bucaille, Maurice

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Author(s): Bigliardi, Stefano
Maurice Bucaille (1920–98) was a French gastroenterologist and author and an advocate of the so-called “scientific accuracy” of the Qurʾān. Independent biographical sources on him are scarce. In his books, he hints at his studies in a Catholic high school and his early misconceptions about Islam. Encouraged by Muslim patients to read the Qurʾān, he began studying Arabic around 1970. In the mid-1970s, as a member of a medical commission, he examined the mummies of the thirteenth-century B.C.E. pharaohs conserved in the Egyptian Museum in Cairo. He attained celebrity with La Bible, le …
Date: 2022-09-19

Scientology and Islam

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Author(s): Bigliardi, Stefano
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…
Date: 2022-04-21