Science and Islam:
Reconciling Muslim Tradition and
the Theory of Evolution
There is perhaps no other scientific idea that generates more debate than the theory of biological evolution. In particular, the idea of human evolution raises particular challenges for many of the world great religions. While the reactions of different Christian denominations are well known (from the Young Earth Creationism of Evangelical groups in the United States to the acceptance of God-guided evolution by the Catholic Church), Muslim responses to the theory are still relatively unknown. Is there a universal position of Islam on evolution? Can human evolution be accommodated within Islam or will this be a constant source of tension for Muslims? This talk will focus on how Muslims in different societies view biological evolution and what can that tell us about the future interaction of modern science and Islam.
- Salman Hameed, Associate Professor of Integrated Sciences and Humanities at Hampshire College and Director of the Center for the Study of Science in Muslim Societies;
- Ehab Abouheif, Research Chair in Evolutionary Developmental Biology and Principal Investigator, Abouheif Lab, McGill University;
- Rana Dajani, Assistant Professor of Molecular Biology and Director, Centre for Studies, Hashemite University;
- Omar Sultan Haque, Postdoctoral Fellow, Psychology, Harvard University and Psychiatry and Law, Harvard Medical School, and Co-Director, UNESCO Chair in Bioethics, American Unit.
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American Islamic Congress
The American Islamic Congress (AIC) is an independent, non-partisan, non-profit organization dedicated to building interfaith and interethnic understanding and to supporting human and civil rights in Muslim majority countries.