Muslim academics and students are turning against Darwin’s theory

Evolution or any scientific consensus that challenges established conventions and dogmas is bound to face resistance in any society. In the US for example, there is a raging war of words between creationists or intelligent design proponents on the one side and the overwhelming majority of the scientific community, who argue for evolution; on the other side. In Europe evolution, as a scientific explanation of how we and other living beings got to where we are and how life got its complexity, is very much understood and widely accepted. Even prominent Anglicans and Catholics such as Father George Coyne voiced their acceptance of Evolution.

While in the Middle East and the rest of Islam dominated countries Evolution is widely regarded as a western conspiracy to damage and destroy the "divine" teachings of Islam. Where it is taught in Biology classes, the involvement of a heavenly hand is emphasized upon alongside. Outside academia, Darwin is devil reincarnated, evolution is 'just a theory' and conclusions are drawn towards evolution being a variant understanding of sinners turned into apes for breaking the Sabbath. And so on...

TimesOnline carries an interesting report about how as many as 62% of professors and students in the Islamic countries consider evolution to be an "unproven theory". It would be correct to assume that a high majority of these people would consider creationism as very much proven and flawless.

More here.

Then there are nutjobs led by Zakir Naik, an MBBS no less, who have made the efforts to take the job of promoting all dogmas online. An example,


The sad truth is that while "Doctor" Zakir Naik receives a wide audience and is a popular online celebrity amongst Islamic creationists, little to no pro-science or pro-evolution arguments have come about from Muslim scientists or academics.

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And here is my little blog:

http://afghanatheist.wordpress.com

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Comment by Richard Goscicki on November 30, 2009 at 1:33pm
Dr. Naik is grossly mistaken in many of his statements. This shows a limited knowledge of the subject. For instance, he says the four hominids went extinct 10.5 millions years ago. The Ardipithecus ramidus fossil, the oldest ape-man, is dated at 5.5 mya. There were many more than four australopithecines evolving into the genus Homo, H. erectus being the most important, because it reached human brain size.

Neanderthals were walking the earth only 50,000 years ago and were contemporaries of Cro-Magnon. It seems like he pulled these numbers out of a hat and shows disturbing ignorance.

How can an amoeba turn into a paramecium? This is not what evolution theory claims. It propounds that all protozoa, indeed all life, have a common ancestor. This is strongly evidenced by the fact the both have the same DNA, organelles, and the same enzymes to carry out metabolism. It’s proven at the molecular level.

What’s the alternative, that a Sky God created the thousands of individual species of protista to confuse us?

Dr. Naik is a disgrace, a snake oil salesman, a con artist who takes advantage of people’s ignorance. He wants people to be in the dark with respect to evolution so that he can stay in business.
Comment by Richard Healy on November 30, 2009 at 5:34am
It's all been downhill for Islam since the 12th century if you ask me.
Comment by amer muhammad on November 30, 2009 at 4:02am
I am a teacher and I feel the problem you mentioned on the daily bases. Infact they don't give Darwin serious thought of any sort. One of our friends thinks people in this part of world will take at least 300 years of mental evolution to take Darwin teachings seriously.

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