Maurice Bucaille

Maurice Bucaille (French pronunciation: ​[moris bykaj]; 19 July 1920 – 17 February 1998[3]) was a doctor and a specialist in the field of gastroenterology[4] who was appointed as the family physician of Faisal of Saudi Arabia in 1973.[5][6] His patients included the members of the family of Egyptian President Anwar Sadat.[7]

Maurice Bucaille
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Maurice Henri Jules Bucaille

19 July 1920 (1920-07-19)
Died17 February 1998(1998-02-17) (aged 77)
Paris, France
  • Physician
  • scientist
  • author
Known forThe Bible, The Qur'an and Science (written books on)
Notable workMummies of the Pharaohs -Modern Medical Investigations[1]
  • Jaqueline Florisse Henriette Legrand
    (m. 1943; div. 1948)
  • Ginette Bucaille
    (m. 1949; div. 1955)
  • Jeannine Mathilde Monnot
    (m. 1958)
  • History Prize from the Académie Française
  • French National Academy of Medicine Award[2]

Bucaille is primarily known for his book The Bible, The Qur'an and Science[1] that he wrote following his study of the mummy of the Egyptian pharaoh Ramesses II. The book contained multiple references to the Quran, which gave rise to speculations that Bucaille had converted to Islam; a fact that he had never confirmed or denied.[8] Literary critic Sameer Rahim wrote in The Daily Telegraph that some of Bucaille's "assertions have been ridiculed by scientists and sophisticated theologians."[9]

The book gave rise to a movement called Bucailleism, which tries to relate modern science with religion, especially Islam.[10] 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.[11][12] According to The Wall Street Journal, Bucailleism is "in some ways the Muslim counterpart to Christian creationism" and although "while creationism rejects much of modern science, Bucailleism embraces it."[13]


  • 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 (Where does man come from? The responses of science and Scripture), Seghers, 1980 7ème éd.(ISBN 2221007816).
    • Bucaille, Maurice (1982). What is the origin of man? : the answers of science and the Holy Scriptures. Paris: Seghers. ISBN 9782221011010.
  • 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. ^ a b "Dr. Maurice Bucaille". Retrieved 3 October 2021.
  2. ^ "Maurice Bucaille". Retrieved 3 October 2021.
  3. ^ "DNB, Katalog der Deutschen Nationalbibliothek". Katalog derDeutschen Nationalbibliothek.
  4. ^ "Maurice Bucaille". Retrieved 4 October 2021. (obituary)
  5. ^ "The story of Maurice Bucaille's inspiring conversion to Islam". Arab News. 1 March 2013. Archived from the original on 19 July 2021. Retrieved 24 March 2021.
  6. ^ "Maurice Bucaille Tersentuh Kebenaran Alquran". 31 March 2017. Retrieved 4 October 2021.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  7. ^ Browne, Malcolm W. (3 February 1991). "All wrapped up in his work". New York Times. (review of Mummies of the Pharaohs: Modern Medical Investigations)
  8. ^ "Islamic Bulletin, vol 6, page 10". Retrieved 5 January 2022.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  9. ^ Sameer Rahim (8 October 2010). "Pathfinders: The Golden Age of Arabic Science by Jim al-Khalili: review". The Telegraph.
  10. ^ Helaine Selin, ed. (2008). "Islamic Science, the contemporary debate". Encyclopaedia of the history of science, technology, and medicine in non-western cultures. p. 456. OCLC 900685916.
  11. ^ Explorations in Islamic science Ziauddin Sardar, (1989), retrieved 28 March 2011
  12. ^ An illusion of harmony: science and religion in Islam (2007) Taner Edis, retrieved 28 March 2011
  13. ^ Daniel Golden (23 January 2002). "Strange Bedfellows: Western Scholars Play Key Role in Touting 'Science' of the Quran". Wall Street Journal.

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