From the Quranic Arabic Corpus - Ontology of Quranic Concepts
Biological Organism is a category that refers to biological organisms that are mentioned in the Quran.
This category is part of the following classification in the ontology:
This category has 4 subcategories:
There is 1 concept in this category:
The map below shows the part of the visual ontology for this concept.
You can click on other concepts in the map for related information:
Concept map for Biological Organism.
Related concepts are highlighted in blue.
// Predicate logic relations for the ontology concept biological-organism:
(subclass biological-organism organic-object)
(subclass animal biological-organism)
(subclass insect biological-organism)
(subclass bird biological-organism)
(subclass plant biological-organism)
(instance fish biological-organism)
29th August, 2011
I'm new here. This is my first post. I'm not a Muslim. I'm a sort of Protestant Christian, who knows next to nothing about Islam or the Qur'an.
I work at an American public school where sophomore, high-school students learn the basics of Islam as well as eight or ten other major religions and how they have affected American culture.
The students also study a biology course, which classifies snakes, frogs, sheep, insects, birds, and fish as animals. I notice that on this page, snakes, frogs, and sheep are animals while birds, insects, and fish are not animals.
So naturally, I wonder why Qur'anic taxonomy excludes birds, insects, and fish from the animal kingdom.
30th August, 2011
Thanks for your feedback. It should be pointed out that this grouping is not derived directly from the Quranic text. The aim of the ontology is to provide a quick and easy way to access topics in the Quran by concept, and to find related verses where these concepts occur. A better grouping would be as you suggest.
I asked a Muslim friend about this. He wondered if the division of organisms into animals, birds, fish and insects is somehow related to maytah. Is the mayath for birds, fish, and insects different than the maytah for snakes, sheep, and frogs?
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