Recent Talks (2006-present)

Fluid Science & Religion Boundaries Amongst Muslim Physicians and Medical Students, for workshop on Science & Religion – Exploring the Spectrum, York University, Toronto, Canada, May 26-28, 2015

Islamic Creationism in Europe: Biological Evolution in the Service of ‘Clash of Civilization’ Narrative, invited talk at McGill Centre for Islam and Science (MCIS), McGill University, Montreal, Canada, March 27, 2015

Muslims and Evolution: Reception of Biological Evolution Amongst Muslim Physicians and Medical Students in Six Countries
As part of a panel at the annual meeting of Society for the Scientific Study of Religion (SSSR), Indianapolis, Indiana, October 31, 2014

Overcoming Identity Protection: Understanding the context of evolution rejection amongst Muslim minorities in Europe and lessons for science communication
Annenberg Science of Science Communication Conference, The Annenberg Public Policy Center, UPenn, PA, October 16, 2014

Evolution, Islam and Identity: The Reception of biological evolution in Malaysia and Pakistan
As part of a panel at the annual meeting of Middle East Studies Association (MESA), New Orleans, LA, October 13, 2013

Making sense of Islamic Creationism in UK, Keynote Lecture at Social Relations and Human Security Conference at Coventry University, UK, March 23, 2013

Is there a clash between Islam and the theory of evolution? Keynote talk for a panel on Reconciling the theory of evolution with Muslim Tradition at Boston University, organized by American Islamic Congress (AIC), October 24, 2012:

Negotiating Science & Religion: Muslim Perceptions of Biological Evolution, a seminar talk at the Centre for Religious and Cross-cultural Studies at Gadjah-Mada University, Yogyakarta, Indonesia, October 3, 2012

Making sense of the rise of Islamic Creationism in UK, a seminar talk at the Philosophy Department and the Department of Theology and Religious Studies at the University of Leeds, UK, June 27, 2012

A panel discussion on religion and cosmology at University of Iowa, organized by American Islamic Congress (AIC), April 4, 2012

How do Muslims across the world view modern science, an invited talk at Lewis & Clark College, Portland, Oregon, February 10, 2012

When Evidence is Powerless, a TEDx talk as part of TEDx Pioneer Valley at Amherst College, January 21, 2012

How do Muslims across the world view modern science, public lecture as part of Islamic Science Rediscovered Exhibit at The Tech Museum, San Jose, CA., January 14, 2012

Why is Islamic Creationism Spreading in Europe?, public talk at Ghent University, Belgium, November 19, 2011

Muslims, Modernity, and Science: Lessons from contemporary debates over evolutionary biology, an invited talk at Lund University, Sweden, November 14, 2011

Negotiating Science and Religion: Muslim Perceptions of Biological Evolution, an invited talk at the CMES Colloquium Series at Yale University, September 28, 2011

Communicating Biological Evolution in the Muslim World, as part of panel on Evolution in the Evolving World of Journalism at the World Conference of Science Journalists, Doha, Qatar, June 27, 2011

Should we bring back the neanderthals? As part of a panel on ethics and science at the Belief in Dialogue: Science, Culture, and Modernity, at the American University of Sharjah, United Arab Emirates, June 17, 2011

Introduction to the film Nostalgia for the Light as part of Science on Screen series at Amherst Cinema, June 6, 2011

Muslims, Modernity, and Science: Lessons from contemporary debates over evolutionary biology, for  a panel on Belief and Modernity: Behaviours and Intellectual Traditions, as part of the Belief in Dialogue Symposium, organized jointly by the British Academy and the British Council, London, England, March 29, 2011

What if we detect an ET signal? How will our society change as a result? , Public talk at Science ka Adda (Cafe’ Scientifique), The Second Floor 2.0, Karachi, Pakistan, March 18, 2011

Navigating Modernity: Science, Islam, and Global Media, for a panel on Global Media, Global Perspectives, sponsored by the Global Studies Initiative at Whitman College, Walla Walla, Washington, February 26, 2011

The Acceptance of Evolution in the Muslim World – The Glass half-full version, for a panel on The Challenge of Teaching Evolution in the Islamic World at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), Washington, D.C., February 18, 2011

Islamic Creationism in Europe, for a panel on Creationism in Europe at the annual meeting of Society for the Scientific Study of Religion (SSSR), Baltimore, Maryland, October 29, 2010

Science, Religion, and the Search for Our Origins, Public talk at Fatih University, Istanbul, Turkey, October 19, 2010

Science education and evolution in the Muslim world, A seminar talk at the Department of Education, University of Bosporus (Bogazi Universitesi), Istanbul, Turkey, Oct 15, 2010

Medieval Islamic astronomy, Public talk at Penn State, Erie, PA, February 25, 2010

Humans in the Cosmos: How 400 years of telescopes have the changed the way we look at ourselvesPublic talk at Science ka Adda (Cafe’ Scientifique), The Second Floor 2.0, Karachi, Pakistan, December 22, 2009

Humans in the Cosmos: How 400 years of telescopes have the changed the way we look at ourselves, Public talk at Agha Khan University (AKU) Karachi, Pakistan, December 22, 2009

Humans in the Cosmos: How 400 years of telescopes have the changed the way we look at ourselves, Public talk at Quaid-e-Azam University, Islamabad, Pakistan, December 18, 2009

Science education and the challenge of Islamic creationism, STEM Education talk at UMass, Amherst, MA, December 1, 2009

Understanding the rise of creationism in the Muslim world, Conference presentation at Darwin’s Legacy Conference in Alexandria, Egypt, November 14-16, 2009

What is ‘Islamic Creationism’ and how is it different from ‘Young Earth Creationism’? forCommunicating Darwin’s Ideas: Richness and opportunity, York, UK, Oct 27, 2009

The religious framing of Darwin and evolution in Pakistan for Darwin & Evolution in the Muslim World Conference, Hampshire College, MA, October 2, 2009

Charles Darwin: The Man Behind the Idea,  Science Chautauqua Series, University of Connecticut, 7:00pm at Starbucks, 1244, Storrs Road [pdf announcement here]. There was also be a reading from Timberlake Wertenbaker’s play, After Darwin by students from the UConn Department of Dramatic Art, September 18, 2009

Muslim Responses to Darwinism in South Asia 1859-2009, for Religious Responses to Darwinism 1859-2009 conference at Oxford University, UK, July 15-18, 2009

Muslim Perspectives on Evolution and Science & Religion, McGill Symposium on Islam & Evolution, Montreal, Canada, March 30-31, 2009 [watch the webcast here (you may need additional software to view the talk)]

The Debate over Darwin and Evolution in the Contemporary Islamic World
Darwin’s Reach conference
at Hofstra University, NY, March 13, 2009

Science, religion and the search for our origins
Public talk at Science ka Adda (Cafe’ Scientifique), The Second Floor, Karachi, Pakistan, December 4, 2008

Science, religion and the search for our origins
Public talk at Quaid-e-Azam University, Islamabad, Pakistan, December 2, 2008

Colliding cosmologies on top of Mauna Kea

Invited talk at Yale University, New Haven, November 13, 2008

The impact of creationist documentaries in the Muslim world
Conference presentation on a panel on Darwin and the evolution-Intelligent Design aftermath, as part of Film & History conference on Film and Science: Fiction, Documentaries and Beyond, Chicago, Oct 30-Nov 2, 2008

Bracing for Creationism in the Islamic World
Invited talk at Creighton University, Omaha, September 30, 2008

Gods from Outer Space
Presentation as part of the Interdisciplinary Seminar in the Humanities and Fine Arts on the theme of Other Worlds, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, March 16, 2008

Attitude towards science and the rise of creationism in contemporary Islamic world
Conference presentation: Science & Religion: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives, Lancaster University, Jul 23-26, 2007

From Galileo to Darwin: The story of science & religion interactions
Public talk at Khwarzimic Science Society, Lahore, Pakistan, July 14, 2007

Aliens and gods in science classrooms
Public talk at Amherst Club, Massachusetts, April 20, 2007

Coping with a broad belief spectrum: From astronomical pseudoscience to mainstream religion
Invited talk at Queens University, Canada, March 21, 2007

Is there life in the universe?
Public talk at Khwarzimic Science Society, Lahore, Pakistan, June 26, 2006

A (biased) tour of the universe
Public talk at Comsats University, Islamabad Pakistan, July 2, 2006

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