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12 December 2011

How are Muslims contributing to the development of science?

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Islam and science are mostly perceived in the west as incompatible. However, the very revelation of the Holy Qur'an sets precedence 14 centuries before modern science through its many miracles that now have been proved scientifically.

Also, early Islamic history shows that Muslims like Ibn Sina, Al-Farabi, Omar Khayyam, Averroes, al-Ghazali, and Ibn Khaldum among many others, were pioneers of modern science.

Nature magazine, considered the most reputed science publication, states that the choice of Islamic parties to be responsible for backwardness and for “Muslim states having the worst measures of science and technology”However, Islam for centuries had led the world in science, arts, architecture and philosophy. Until this day, Arab scientists and mathematicians are still referred to as the founding fathers of modern science.

During the Golden Age of Islam (800-1000), Islamic intellectuals translated Greek, Indian and Persian texts, studied them, and helped to further investigations in the areas of math, science and medicine.

The Renaissance and the Scientific Revolution in Europe drew upon the discoveries and contributions made by the Muslims to the fields of mathematics and the sciences. Yet these accomplishments often remain unappreciated.

The likes of Al Jabr (algebra), Ibn Sina and Imam Ghazali (al Gazelle) were key protagonists to modern advancement, the fruits of their work continuing to benefit the world till this day.

Just as the shared faith of Islam and emergence of a unitary economy and a new tradition of religious pilgrimage meant that thousands of Arabs and other Muslims travelled to and were received in distant Muslim lands, there was also constant contact and interaction with non-Islamic cultures.

The first universities, graduation ceremonies and even basic literacy were at the forefront of Islamic culture. In this edition of the show we ask the following question: How are Muslims contributing to the development of science?

(Courtesy: Press TV)


  1. Islam is a religion just like Christianity, Judaism, Hinduism an dothers. Christians always persecuted Scientist. Nicholas Corpinicus and Galleleo were both persecuted because they said the earth was not the center of the universe and that the earth was round and not flat. That Islam is not compatible with science was a story concocted by the Neo Cons and the Zionist. Nothing to do with the West. US is one of the Western countries but not the West.

  2. Islam is a religion just like any other religions like Hinduism, Christianity, Judaism, Buddism and others. Christians have always persecuated scientist. Nicholas Corpinicus and Galleleo were both persecuted for saying the the earth was not the centre of the universe and that it was round rather than flat. I Spain Science flourished when it was under islamic rule. It no longer became the centre of learning when Christians took over. This story of islam being incompatible with science was concocted by the Neo Cons and Zionists and nothing to do with the West. The US is one of the Western countries and not the West. We should not fall for the propoganda and became defensive