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Islam, Science, and Education: Past Perspectives, Present Dilemmas, and Future Prospects


The aim of this reading group is to explore various theological, pedagogical, and scientific positions in relation to Islam and modern science with an emphasis on understanding the relationship between evolutionary science – one of the most important ideas in science – but contested among various Muslim populations (Islamic scholars, teachers, and students).  Although there appears to be an endorsement of the compatibility of modern science, technology, and religion among Muslims, issues often arise around the topic of biological evolution. Some recent studies in predominately Muslim societies have revealed a muted, but deep-seated rejection of biological evolution because of a perceived conflict with religious beliefs. Although many Muslims accept evolution, others selectively accept certain components of the theory to reconcile it with their religious interpretations; others reject evolution entirely. Through these discussions, we hope to uncover the tapestry of conciliatory and contending views in the Islamic intellectual history around modern science.

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Convenors: ehab [dot] abouheif [at] mcgill [dot] ca (Dr. Ehab Abouheif) and anila [dot] asghar [at] mcgill [dot] ca (Dr. Anila Asghar) 
Meeting times: Tuesdays, 3:00-4:30pm: 28 January, 11, 25 February, 11, 25 March, 8, 22 April 
Room 21-6, 3610 McTavish St.