Dr Mohammed Basil Altaie is a professor of Quantum Cosmology at Yarmouk University, Jordan. He has obtained his Ph.D. from Manchester University (UK) in 1978. Since then he worked on research problems in Quantum Cosmology and published about two dozens of papers in peer reviewed journals like Physical Review and the Institute of Physics journals. Over the last 30 years he has taught many courses on physics at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels, these include: Quantum Field Theory, Quantum Mechanics, Classical Mechanics, Statistical Mechanics, Astronomy and Astrophysics, Classical Electrodynamics, Quantum Electrodynamics, Scientific Thinking, Mathematical Physics. History and Philosophy of Science. He has published 9 books in Arabic mostly in science and some in science and religion.


Prof. Altaie was engaged with Kalam studies since 1989 and in 1994 he published his first paper "The Scientific Value of Daqiq al-Kalam" in which he identified the five principles of Daqiq al-Kalam. Recently he published his first book in English entitled God, Nature and the Cause: Essays on Islam and Science. His novel work Daqiq al-Kalām: The Islamic Approach to Natural Philosophy was published in Arabic years ago and now will be ready English. Some chapters from the book are being taught in Turkish and Algerian universities. Professor Altaie is a member of the British Science and Religion Forum and has contributed several papers to conferences held by the Forum. Some of his papers on topics in the philosophy of science have been translated into Turkish and published in Turkish journals.

Professor Dr. Mohammed
Basil Altaie

Achievements, Books and Articles in Kalam by Prof. Altaie

  1. "Time in Islamic Kalām", talk given at the conference on Einstein, God and Time, Oxford University, September 12-15, 2005.
  2. Kalam atomism”. Etude d’Ecole, vol.23/24, 49-90, Paris, 2005.
  3. Solar Eclipse in Islamic History, Abhath Al-Yarmouk, Vol. 21(1), 221-236, 2005.
  4. Nature and causality according to Al-Baqillani”, Dirasat, Jordanian University, June 2006.
  5. "Creation and the need for a personal creator in Islamic Kalām", ECST XI, April 2006.
  6. "On the Divine action and the Human action in Islamic Kalām", Muslim-Christian meeting on science and religion, June 28-29, 2006, Oxford University, UK.
  7. The expansion of the universe according to Al-Ghazali and Averroes”, Abhath Al-Yarmouk, Vol. 22, No.1, March 2006.
  8. The degeneration of the Sun according to Al-Ghazālī”. Dirasat, Jordanian University, June 2006.
  9. "Creation, development and fate of the universe according to the Quran and in Modern Cosmology", SRF 11-13 Sep. 2006, Manchester, UK.
  10. "Evolution and the Qur'an", SRF 8-10 Sep. 2007, Canterbury, UK.
  11. "Islamic Kalām: A possible role in S&R Dialogue", Annals of the Sergiu Al-Greorge Institute, XII-XVI, 95-109, 2007.
  12. "Some Aspects of the Islamic View of the Cosmos", The Institute of Oriental Studies, Bucharest, Romania. Dec.2007.
  13. "The concept of Heaven and Heavens in the Qur'an and Modern Astronomy", JJIS, vol. 4, No.3, 223-249. 2008.
  14. "Quantum Indeterminism", Published in Matter and Meaning, Edited by Michael Fuller, Cambridge Scholar Publishing, p. 21-36, 2010.
  15. “Causality in Modern Physics,” published in JJIS, Vol. 8, No. 3A, 7-37, (2012). 
  16. “Matter: an Islamic perspective”, in Matter and Mind, Editor Michael Fuller, Cambridge Scholar Publishing, U.K, 2010. p.87-99.
  17. "Natural Causality: Views of Mu‘tazilites and the Ash‘arites", Conference on Occasionalism, Bughazaci University, Istanbul 2-4 June, 2015.
  18. "Natural Causality: Analysis of the Views of the Mu‘tazilites and the Ash‘arite", Conference on Occasionalism Bughazaci University, Istanbul, 2-4 June, 2015.
  19. "Causality in Quantum Physics: A New Perspective", Occasionalism workshop, Bughazaci University, Workshop, Istanbul, 5-8 June 2015.
  20. "Has Science Killed the Belief in God"? In Islam and Science: Muslim Responses to Science's Big Questions, edited by Usama Hasan and Athar Osama, The Muslim World Science Initiative, pp. 129- 141, 2016.
  21. “Fine Tuning, the Anthropic Principle and the Multiverse”, Accepted for publication in Journal of Islamic Theology, KRM, 2016.
  22. "The Problem of Free Fall According to al-Jubbaie", A talk presented at the Third International Conference on Islamic and Arabic Heritage, Al-Sharjah University, 5-8 December 2017. 
  23. Was Abu Bakr al-Razi an Atheist? A paper submitted to the Conference on Atheism and Deism, University of Wan, April 2017, Turkey. 

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