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Science & Islam: Tomorrow's World: Religion or Science?

Project Nur

Wednesday, October 30, 2013 from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM (EDT)

Science & Islam: Tomorrow's World: Religion or Science?

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Tomorrow's World: Religion or Science?

Wednesday, October 30th
6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.


University of California: Berkeley

Maude Fife Room, 3rd Floor Wheeler Hall

Bancroft Way, Berkeley CA

Please join AIC and Project Nur, with support from the John Templeton Foundation, for the fourth event in a groundbreaking series exploring the intersections and divergences of faith and reason in “Science and Islam.” Dialogues, held at college campuses across the country, address issues like creation, evolution and extraterrestrial life. A panel of prominent Muslim scientists, along with students and other audience members, explore Muslim perspectives on science and discusses how Muslim Americans grapple with some of today’s scientific advancements.

Topics of Discussion Include:

  • Religion or science or both in tomorrow's world?
  • Will Religion be obsolete in the future? Is science alone enough for humanity?
  • How can we believe in science and Islam or do they conflict?

Keynote Speaker

Dr. Khaleel Mohammed is a professor since 2003 at San Diego State Unviersity. He grew up in Guyana, South America, and attended universities in Mexico, Canada, US, and Saudi Arabia, where he studied law. He graduated from McGill with a Ph.D in Islamic law and is the first Muslim to do a post doc on the Image of the jew in Islamic hadith literature. Dr. Mohammed is a board member of the American Islamic Congress (AIC). He has conducted global interfaith dialogue and has traveled with the President of AIC to Holland and Israel part of global outreach. He is an author of "David in Muslim Exegesis" and several journal articles. 


Panelist I

Dr. Jalees Rehman, MD, is an Associate professor of Medicine and Pharmacology at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). As a cell biologist and cardiologist, he directs a research laboratory that investigates the growth of blood vessels and the biology of stem and progenitor cells. Jalees is a German Muslim with an interest in the philosophy of science and religion. His blog on stem cell biology and regenerative medicine is part of the Scilogs scientific blog network and is called "The Next Regeneration". Additional articles on science, culture and religion can be found on his personal blog.

Panelist II

Dr. Zakyi Ibrahim, PhD. is an Associate Professor in the Department of Comparative Religion at California State University, Fullerton. He teaches courses in all aspects of Islam (including Qur'anic studies, History and Development of Islamic Thought, Classical and Contemporary Islam), Methods of Studying Religion, World Religions, and African and African-American Religions and Spirituality. He is also the editor of the internationally recognized journal "The American Journal of Islamic Social Sciences" (AJISS). Before joining California State University, Fullerton, he taught as an Assistant Professor in the Religious Studies Department at the University of Winnipeg, Canada, and in the Philosophy and Religion Department at Ithaca College, Ithaca, NY. His desire for an interdisciplinary approach led to his M.A. thesis on "Communication Models in the Qur'an: God-Human Interaction," and to his Ph.D dissertation on "Prophecy of Women in the Qur'an with a Special Focus on Ibn Hazm's Theory."


Shabina Hussain is a public health consultant with extensive clinical experience as a physician in the developing world. She also served as program manager of a teen pregnancy prevention program for the Washington State Health Department. She has served as Associate Medical Director for Venture Strategies Health and Development (VSHD). She has extensive experience of managing programs that improve maternal and child health, nutrition, faimly planning and reproductive health. She joined King Georges Medical College, Lucknow for post graduation in public health and graduates with a post graduate diploma in public health (DPH). Later, she worked as a public sector coordinator for State Innovations in Family Planning Services (A USAID funded organization). After moving to the U.S. in 2002, she continued her education at the University of Oklahoma, Health Science center as a Grad Student and graduated with a Masters in Public Health (MPH), majoring in health administration and policy in December, 2003. Dr. Shabina Hussain grew up in Kashmir, India. She graduated from Government Medical College, Srinagar; Kashmir with a Bachelors in Medicine, Surgery and OB/GYN (MBBS). 

Have questions about Science & Islam: Tomorrow's World: Religion or Science?? Contact Project Nur

When & Where

UC Berkeley Maude Fife Room, 3rd Floor Wheeler Hall
Bancroft Way
Berkeley, CA 94720

Wednesday, October 30, 2013 from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM (EDT)

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