Our forefathers, of blessed memory, tell of a certain equatorial island, lying off the coast of India, where human beings come into being without father or mother. This is possible, they say, because of all places on earth, that island has the most tempered climate. And because a supernal light streams down on it, it is the most perfectly adapted to accept human form. This runs counter to the views of most ordinary philosophers and even the great natural scientists.
L.E. Goodman (tans.) Ibn Tufay’s, Hayy Ibn Yaqzan: A Philosophical Tale, 2003
R Kurk, A Frothy Bubble: Spontaneous Generation in the Medieval Islamic Tradition, Journal of Semitic Studies, vol 35, No.2, 1990