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Islam In America

Richard Dawkins is Not an Islamophobe

“The fact [Richard] Dawkins presents – that so few Muslims have won Nobel Prizes — does raise legitimate questions that Dawkins himself addresses in a blog post about the controversy he stirred up by his tweet. He points out that in view of the grandiose claims advanced by some Muslims for the ‘science’ contained in the Quran, it’s rather depressing to note that not much by way of science has come out of the Muslim world in the past 500 years, and it behooves us, and certainly Muslims, to ask why.”

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It’s a question that all of us need to ponder.

In the Middle Ages, Muslims were the best educated scientists and physicians in the West. How did that clear advantage dissipate?

Why are there few universities with science faculties of note in the Islamic world? Why is the emphasis on thought control rather than unfettered exploration? Why are Muslims worried about what women wear and not how women are educated? When did memorizing the Qu’ran take precedence over learning?

As Dawkins points out, “Muslim scholars did indeed grace a golden age, so it is all the more poignant to ask what went wrong and what should be done about it.”

Putting it bluntly, he writes, “Has something gone wrong with education in the Islamic world, and is it a problem that Muslims themselves might wish to consider?”


  • نعمان

    I’m baffled by the amount of stupidity many so called muslims have when writing about islam.

    The answer to Dawkins’ question lies in his country’s archives : long before Nobel has decided to organize his yearly scientific prize, the west was colonizing muslim land and forcing ignorance on people for the simple reason that its chances to steal a country’s resources is inversely proportional to the number of educated people in that country.

    And the writer of this article who blindly embraces Dawkins stupid thesis is the perfect example of the success of the west’s strategy in muslim countries and in africa.

  • Anonymous

    There is no problem between Islam and scientific progress. Islamic science continues to inspire and contribute to world knowledge. Conflating Islam with lack of progress is no doubt a favourite game played by seasoned actors who wish to highlight apparent discrepancies in the account of science given.

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