Professor Nidhal Guessoum will be speaking on the relationship between Islam and Science on Thursday April 9th at 7:30pm in room 1800 Engineering Hall. Professor Guessoum is professor in the Department of Physics at American University in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates.
The relationship between Science and Islam has largely deteriorated since the golden era of the Islamic Civilization in the 10th to 14th Centuries. Lately, the Muslim world has not contributed much to the development of science, though the reasons for this are complex. Muslim culture has adopted a skeptical stand with respect to modern science in general, viewing it as a largely materialistic-atheistic approach to the world, and particularly to some of science’s most fundamental theories, such as biological and human evolution. Today it is important to construct a more harmonious relationship between religion and science, one that does not need to be atheistic or sacred.
The Science, Religion, and Ethics Program of the Wisconsin Initiative for Science Literacy has also organized a display of books and articles dealing with this subject. Selected books, including Professor Guessoum’s latest book and books about Muslim Nobel Laureates in Chemistry (1999 Ahmed Zewail) and in Physics (1979 Abdus Salam), as well as articles from Science and Nature, are on display in the locked case near room 1145 on the first floor of the Shain Research Tower. For more information please visit http://www.scifun.org/Calendar/Islam&Science/Islam&Science.htm
This event is sponsored by the Science, Religion, and Ethics Program of the Wisconsin Initiative for Science Literacy.