Tunisian Rania Toukabri's statements about the relationship between eloquence and religion came during a television program on one of the Tunisian TV channels.
Rania Al-Tokabri said: "Science has always brought us closer to God, and there are many things mentioned in the Qur'an that scientists are discovering now."
She added, "One of the things that fascinates me with science, especially when I read the Qur'an, is the verses that talk about the universe and the movement of the sun and the moon. All of this brings you closer to God."
The Tunisian engineer's statements led to a sharp division between a group that believed that scholars should avoid talking about religion, and others who defended the right of "Tokabri" to express her opinion.
While Al-Tunisia was attacked by a segment of social media users, a broad campaign of solidarity with her was evident in the conversations of Tunisians.
Some accused the "liberal left," which criticized the scientist, of "hypocrisy for not accepting the views of Muslims."
Rania Toukabri also serves on the Space Generation Advisory Board and the Space Education Project for Capacity Building in Africa