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McGill Symposium on Islam and Evolution



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How is evolution taught and understood in Islamic societies?

How do Muslim students, parents, and teachers understand evolutionary science in relation to their religious beliefs?

These questions form the basis of the McGill Symposium on Islam and Evolution, where international experts in Islamic and Religious Studies, Science Education, and Biological Evolution will meet to discuss their views on this important topic. The aim of the symposium is to contribute to the broader dialogue and understanding of the relationship between Islam and modern science, an increasingly relevant subject in today’s society.

Islam is the second-largest religion in the world, and the fastest growing religion in Canada as well as other western countries. It has been estimated that if current growth trends continue, Islam will become the most popular world religion sometime in the mid 21st century. The Evolution Education Research Centre, funded by a grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, has collected data from a wide range of countries with Muslim populations, including Canada, Turkey, Pakistan, Egypt, Lebanon, and Indonesia. These findings will be presented, and their implications discussed, as our panel examines the relationship between Islam and Evolution.

Here is a quick link to the panelists.

Day 1:

Monday, March 30, 2009

“Islam and Evolution in 55 Minutes” – an introduction to our panel of experts and their areas of interest

Time: 4:00pm-5:00pm

Location: Redpath Museum, Auditorium

McGill University, 859 Sherbrooke Street West, Montreal, Quebec

*Admission is free, but seating is limited

The symposium will be available via delayed webcast after the symposium.


Day 2:

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

“McGill Symposium on Islam and Evolution” – speakers will present their perspectives throughout the day

Time: 10:00am-12:30pm and 2:00pm-5:00pm

Location: Redpath Museum, Auditorium

McGill University, 859 Sherbrooke Street West, Montreal, Quebec

*Admission is free, but seating is limited

The symposium will be available via delayed webcast after the symposium.


For additional information contact:
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The Evolution Education Research Centre at
514-398-5469 or
via sarah [dot] bean [at] mcgill [dot] ca (email)

Cette conférence sera prononcée en anglais.