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Ancient muslim, modern devices

The road to renewal

THE sleep has been long and deep. In 2005 Harvard University produced more scientific papers than 17 Arabic-speaking countries combined. The world’s 1.6 billion Muslims have produced only two Nobel laureates in chemistry and physics. Both moved to the West: the only living one, the chemist Ahmed Hassan Zewail, is at the California Institute of Technology. By contrast Jews, outnumbered 100 to one by Muslims, have won 79. The 57 countries in the Organisation of the Islamic Conference spend a puny 0.81% of GDP on research and development, about a third of the world average. America, which has the world’s biggest science budget, spends 2.9%; Israel lavishes 4.4%. Read More→

Doktorların evrim reçeteleri

An interview with the Turkish newspaper

“Müslüman olan Adem’le Havva’dan geldiğimize inanır” ya da “Evrimi reddeden, gericidir.” Kimileri için tablo bu kadar net olabilir. Ancak “Müslüman Tıp Doktorları ve Öğrencileri Arasında Evrimin Kabulü” adlı proje çerçevesinde sekiz ülkede yüzlerce görüşme gerçekleştiren Doç. Salman Hameed ve Doç. Berna Turam’a göre resim çok daha karmaşık: Dindarlar evrimle birlikte yaratılışa inanabiliyor, dindar olmayanlardan bazıları ise “Maymundan gelmiş olamayız” diyor. Read More→

Evolution in black and white

Complex Islamic response to evolution emerges from study

The Muslim world stands at a unique moment in its relation to evolutionary theory, according to the co-author of a major survey into attitudes towards evolution among Muslims around the world.

Acceptance of evolution varies widely across the Islamic world, demonstrating that stereotypical ideas about Islam and evolution are wrong, said Salman Hameed, director of the Centre for the Study of Science in Muslim Societies (SSiMS) at Hampshire College, United Sates.

But ideas are being moulded now, he said, because of new phenomena such as mass education, migration and access to the Internet.

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Water-pump system, Seljuk dynasty, 1206

Does Islam Stand Against Science?

We may think the charged relationship between science and religion is mainly a problem for Christian fundamentalists, but modern science is also under fire in the Muslim world. Islamic creationist movements are gaining momentum, and growing numbers of Muslims now look to the Quran itself for revelations about science.

Science in Muslim societies already lags far behind the scientific achievements of the West, but what adds a fair amount of contemporary angst is that Islamic civilization was once the unrivaled center of science and philosophy. What’s more, Islam’s “golden age” flourished while Europe was mired in the Dark Ages.

This history raises a troubling question: What caused the decline of science in the Muslim world?

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A muslim girl writing on a blackboard

Evolution Abroad: Creationism Evolves in Science Classrooms around the Globe

Education experts suggest that in some cultural contexts one way to encourage acceptance of evolution is by not shunning religious beliefs.

As the familiar battles over evolution education continue to play out in U.S. state legislatures and school boards, other countries are facing very different dynamics. Much of the world lives outside of any law that requires separation of church and state, making creationism trickier to disentangle from public school curricula.

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Salman Hameed

The Cosmos at T2F 2.0

When the announcement was made that the first event at T2F 2.0 would be Science ka Adda: Humans in the Cosmos, I wondered if it would make any sense to me at all. I have always been fascinated by the moon, the stars and the planets but am not too knowledgeable about them (or at least I wasn’t until last night). This being the International Year of Astronomy, the subject of the talk was certainly very relevant.

Salman Hameed, who is an astronomer and Assistant Professor of Integrated Science and Humanities at Hampshire College, Massachusetts, was the speaker.

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Adnan Oktar aka Harun Yahya

In Turkey, fertile ground for creationism

ISTANBUL — Sema Ergezen teaches biology to Turkish students interested in teaching science themselves, and she has long struggled with her students’ ignorance of, and sometimes hostility to, the notion of evolution.

But she was taken aback when several of her Marmara University students recently accused her of being an atheist, or worse, for teaching anything but the doctrine that God created the Earth and everything on it.

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Darwin

Islam’s Darwin problem

Three weeks ago, with much fanfare, a team of scientists unveiled the fossil skeleton of Ardi, a 4-foot-tall female primate who lived and died 4.4 million years ago in what is now Ethiopia. According to her discoverers, Ardi – short for Ardipithecus ramidus, her species – is our oldest known ancestor. She predated Lucy, the fossilized Australopithecus afarensis that previously…

Read further at Boston.com (the article by Drake Bennett)

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