Numerous verses in the Qur'an reference scientific phenomena, such as discussions of astronomy, geography, biology and other aspects of nature and the universe.
The Qur'an includes, for instance, a detailed description of the different stages that the embryo goes through en vitro, as well descriptions of the creation of the earth, the interaction between sweet and salt water and other scientific references.
The Qur'anic emphasis on the natural world and learning inspired a period of discovery and learning during the Middle Ages which is commonly referred to as the Golden Age of Islam. Among the many sciences which medieval Muslims explored and contributed to were astronomy, chemistry, physics, botany, mathematics and medicine. Scientific discoveries today continue to validate writings from the Qur'an, such as the fact that all living things are made from water.
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