Stefano Bigliardi

Affiliated researcher

Stefano completed his undergraduate studies in Philosophy (2004) in Bologna, with a thesis about the Kantian elements in the philosophy of language of R. B. Brandom, written under the guidance of prof. E. Picardi. Later on, he obtained a PhD in Philosophy of Science (2008) at the University of Bologna in a joint supervision with the University of Konstanz (Germany), with a thesis about the concept of belief, written under the guidance of prof. M. C. Galavotti and prof. W. Spohn,– leading European experts in the fields of probability and formal epistemology, respectively. His postdoctoral research complements a Western/analytical  philosophical outlook with the study of Islam. His project was initially supported by a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Konstanz (Excellence Cluster EXC-16 “The Cultural Foundations of Integration”), where he also worked as a language teacher for five years at the Language Institute (SLI).  He later joined the faculty of CMES at Lund University, where he served as a researcher and a lecturer. In his research Stefano focused on contemporary authors, theologians, and natural scientists, that advocate a harmony between Islam and science. Among his other areas of research and interest  are the philosophical interpretations of religious diversity and the relationship between religion and technology. During his stay at CMES, Stefano has extensively travelled–both in order to collect material for his research (Turkey, Iran, Jordan, United Arabic Emirates, India) and to disseminate and discuss its results at international conferences and talks (Denmark, Norway, Germany, Italy, Canada, Australia). In October 2013 Stefano joined Tecnológico de Monterrey (Campus Santa Fe, Mexico City) as a philosophy teacher.



2014. Islam and the Quest for Modern Science. Conversations with Adnan Oktar, Mehdi Golshani,  M. Basil Altaie, Zaghloul El-Naggar, Bruno Guiderdoni, and Nidhal Guessoum. Foreword by Leif Stenberg. Istanbul: Swedish Research Institute in Istanbul (Transactions Series).

Peer reviewed articles

"What Would Ron Choose from the Islamic Basket? Notes on Scientology’s Construction of Islam" Temenos. Nordic Journal of Comparative Religion 51-1, June 2015.

"New Religious Movements and Science: Rael’s Progressive Patronizing
Parasitism" Zygon: Journal of Religion and Science, March 2015

"Thinking Muhammad Legenhausen's Non-Reductive Pluralism Through: Some
Reflections about its Implications" International Journal of Islamic
Thought. Vol. 6: (Dec.) 2014.

"Testing Latour's App: A User's Guide" Zygon: Journal of Religion and
Science, 49(4); 781–1016, December 2014.

"Stenmark's Multidimensional Model and the Contemporary Debate on Islam
and Science" Theology and Science. 2014 Vol. 12 pp. 8-29.

"Who’s Afraid of Theoscientography? An Interpretative Hypothesis on Harun
Yahya" Zygon: Journal of Religion and Science. Volume 49, Issue 1, pages
66–80, March 2014.

"Above Analysis and Amazement: Some Contemporary Muslim Characterizations
of 'Miracle' and Their Interpretation" Sophia - International Journal for
Philosophy of Religion, Metaphysical Theology and Ethics 53 (1):113-129

"Some Characterizations of ‘Miracle’ According to Muslim Authors: Sketch
of an Interpretation on the Footprints of S. H. Nasr and J. Hick"
Philosophy, Culture, and Traditions 9 (2013), 97-118.

"The Contemporary Debate on the Harmony between Islam and Science:
Emergence and Challenges of a New Generation." Social Epistemology,
(2013): doi:10.1080/02691728.2013.782583.

"The Interpretation of Miracles according to Mutahhari and Golshani:
Comparative and Critical Notes" Journal of Shi’a Islamic Studies VI:3
(2013); pp. 261-288

"Barbour's Typologies and the Contemporary Debate on Islam and Science"
Zygon: Journal of Religion and Science 47:3 (September 2012); pp. 501-519.

"The Strange Case of Dr. Bucaille. Notes for a Re-Examination" The Muslim
World 102:2 (April 2012); pp. 248-263.

"Snakes from Staves? Science, Scriptures and the Supernatural in Maurice
Bucaille" Zygon: Journal of Religion and Science 46:4 (December 2011);
pp. 793-805.

“Leggi dell’epistemologo e leggi dello scienziato: Wolfgang Spohn e la
teoria delle funzioni di grado” Rivista di filosofia 1 (April 2010);
57-80.  (Italian, with an abstract in English).

Book Chapters

“The Interpretation of Miracles According to Ayatollah Mutahhari:
Reconstruction and Reflections" (Contribution to the International
Conference on the Philosophical Thought of Murtada Mutahhari, Qom, Iran,
Dec. 2013) Tamaashaagahe Raaz, March 2015 - Forthcoming.

"Exploring the Contemporary Debate over Islam and Science in India:
Portrait of the Aligarh School" in Science and Religion: East and West,
Routledge (Editor: Yiftach Fehige). Forthcoming.

"Adventures of an Amazing Concept: Some Wanderings of ''Miracles'' in the
Discourse on Islam and Science" in Deliberating Religion, Science and
Progress in the Global Public Sphere, Brill, Numen series - Forthcoming
(Editor: Ulrika Mårtensson).

Non peer-reviewed

"Quattro matrimoni e un funerale: nuove religioni e pseudoscienza" [Parte
2: Vorilhon (Rael) e Hubbard/Scientology] - L'Ateo 1/2015 forthcoming.

“Some Observations on Isra Yazicioglu’s Understanding the Qur’anic
Miracle Stories in the Modern Age” Social Epistemology Review and Reply
Collective 4, no. 2 (2015): 13-16.

"Quattro matrimoni e un funerale: nuove religioni e pseudoscienza" [Parte
1: Bucaille e Yahya] - L'Ateo 6/2014 pp. 33-34.

“What We Talk About When We Talk About Iʿjāz.” Social Epistemology Review
and Reply Collective 4, no. 1 (2014): 38-45.

"Il creazionismo islamico di Harun Yahya" Query N° 18 (2014), pp. 52-56
(translation by Andrea Luciano Damico of the article for the Sketpical

“Reculer Pour Mieux Sauter! Replies to Howard and Hamza.” Social
Epistemology Review and Reply Collective 3, no. 11 (2014): 30-34.

“Mehdi Golshani’s Philosophy, Islamic Science(s), and
Judeo-Christian/Muslim Dialogue: A Reply to Azadegan.” Social
Epistemology Review and Reply Collective, 3, no. 10 (2014): 167-186.

“On Harmonizing Islam and Science: A Response to Edis and a
Self-Criticism.” Social Epistemology Review and Reply Collective 3, no. 6
(2014): 56-68.

“Latour’s Sophistication, Science and the Qur’an as ‘Mere’ Historical
Document: A Counter-Reply to Edis.” Social Epistemology Review and Reply
Collective 3, no. 9 (2014): 34-35.

“Harun Yahya's Islamic Creationism: What It Is and Isn't” Skeptical
Inquirer 38:1 (January/February 2014); 32-37.

“Fast Food Harun Yahya” Critical Muslim (CM8: Men in Islam) October 15,
2013; 115-122.

“L'armonia di islam e scienza e il suo (leale) distruttore. Introduzione
a Taner Edis” – L’Ateo, 2012/5, 6-8.

“Islam scienza e miracoli” IL – Il Sole 24 Ore, October 14, 2011; 222-224.




Damian A. Howard's Being Human in Islam. The Impact of the Evolutionary
Worldview (Routledge, 2011). Accepted by Islam and Christian-Muslim
Relations on January 20, 2014; Forthcoming.

Radio interview with Stefano Bigliardi on Australian radio.

Research Interest

Islam and science; Philosophy of Science; Philosophy of Religion; Religion and Science; Forms of Theism and Atheism.