𝐄𝐦𝐛𝐫𝐲𝐨𝐥𝐨𝐠𝐲 𝐢𝐧 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐐𝐮𝐫’𝐚𝐧: 𝐖𝐚𝐬 𝐚𝐥-𝐇𝐚𝐫𝐢𝐭𝐡 𝐛𝐢𝐧 𝐊𝐚𝐥𝐚𝐝𝐚𝐡 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐒𝐨𝐮𝐫𝐜𝐞 𝐨𝐟 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐏𝐫𝐨𝐩𝐡𝐞𝐭 𝐌𝐮𝐡𝐚𝐦𝐦𝐚𝐝’𝐬 𝐌𝐞𝐝𝐢𝐜𝐚𝐥 𝐊𝐧𝐨𝐰𝐥𝐞𝐝𝐠𝐞?
Mohamad Mostafa Nassar
Writing under the pen name of Lactantius, a Christian author alleges that the descriptions of human embryonic development as mentioned in the Qur’an had been plagiarised from the writings of ancient Greek physicians.
Such writings are said to have been transmitted to the Prophet Muhammad through his companion al-Harith bin Kaladah, who is said to have studied medicine at an old and noted medical school in Jundishapur (southern Persia) where instruction in all of the Greek disciplines could be obtained.
This essay investigates the accusation that al-Harith bin Kaladah was the source of the Prophet’s medical knowledge.