Visit Your Local PBS Station PBS Home PBS Home Programs A-Z TV Schedules Watch Video Donate Shop PBS Search PBS
The Bible's Buried Secrets

Religious Perspectives

Imam Shamsi Ali

Imam Shamsi Ali
Islamic Cultural Center of New York
Director, Jamaica Muslim Center
Queens, New York

"This is an extraordinary work for all children of Abraham to know. Truly, a fascinating documentary film ..."

In the medieval age, the Islamic world had a very significant impact upon Europe, which, in turn, cleared the way for the Renaissance and the Scientific Revolution.

It comes as no surprise to know that, in Islam, religion and science have always been considered to be twin sisters, and that today, at a time when science has taken such great strides, they still continue to be associated. Certain scientific data, in fact, are used for the better understanding of the Quranic text.

What is more, in a century in which, for many, scientific truth has dealt a deathblow to religious belief, it is precisely the discoveries of science that, in an objective examination of the Islamic Revelation, have highlighted the supernatural character of certain aspects of the Revelation. The Quran contains infinitely more precise details [than many scientific discoveries today] that are directly related to facts discovered by modern science. These are what exercise a magnetic attraction for today's scientists.

NOVA's "The Bible's Buried Secrets," in my view, accurately presents the viewer with a great deal about archeology and how archeology enables us to study the biblical texts. The work will surely raise provocative questions in a thoughtful and respectful way. This is an extraordinary work for all children of Abraham to know. Truly, a fascinating documentary film—do take time to explore it!

NOVA is to be congratulated on preparing and presenting such a fine piece of work.

The Bible's Buried Secrets Home | Send Feedback | Image Credits | Support NOVA

© | Created November 2008

Support provided by

For new content
visit the redesigned
NOVA site