Welcome to the Science and Islam Video Portal

Welcome to the Science and Islam Video Portal.  This portal provides easy access to internet videos that address some aspect of both Islam and the natural sciences.  Every video in the portal has been evaluated for its use and application of scientific information, Islamic interpretations, and historical accuracy, which are represented through symbols.

For more about the project that produced the portal, click on About above.  For more on the icons used to represent the evaluations and other information, click on Symbol Key above.

You may navigate through the videos by using the categories (Astronomy, Biology, History of Science, etc) in the menu above, or you may type a word or name that you want to see more videos about or by in the search field (above right).  For instance, if you want to see only the videos that include the word mountains, type that into the search field, and it will display any videos that include that word.

Note that none of the videos on the site are hosted by Hampshire College; all the videos reside on the platform (YouTube, Vimeo, etc) from which they were embedded.  Many platforms have higher quality versions available; in YouTube click on the gear wheel in the lower right corner to see other options.

For a longer description of the videos and the evaluation justification, click on the video’s thumbnail.

Recommended Videos

islamic geometry, DesignShra Company

Islamic Geometry 1

This brief video silently shows the steps used to create some of the basic shapes in used decoratively.

13 Aug 2012

islamic medicine, Nahyan Fancy, 2012, The Source of the Faculties is the Soul: Pre-modern Islamic Medicine and its Relation to Philosophy and Religion

The Source of the Faculties is the Soul: Pre-modern Islamic Medicine and its Relation to Philosophy and Religion

Nahyan Fancy lectures about how the concepts of spirit and soul were integrated into both medical understandings of the body and its physiology, and conceptualizations of how resurrection might occur, given those understandings of physiology.

20 Feb 2013

Don Everhart, Evolution, Islam, and Medicine: Perspectives of Pakistani Physicians in the US

Evolution, Islam, and Medicine: Perspectives of Pakistani Physicians in the US

Don Everhart presents results compiled from interviews done with Pakistani physicians about beliefs and attitudes about biological evolution.

13 Nov 2009

Jim al-Khalili, Science & Islam

Science & Islam

Jim al-Khalili, a physics professor at the University of Surrey (UK), follows the study of science in the Islamic world from the 8th century onward, tracing it through the “House of Wisdom” in Baghdad to Copernicus’s developing of a heliocentric model of planetary motion based on observations and ideas he culled from Arabic-language sources.

27 Mar 2013

Recent Videos

Islam Hussein, science communication, virology

Science Story-telling from Home

Dr. Islam Hussein, a native of Egypt, discusses how he became involved in science communication on video, primarily in Arabic, in 2016 at the Massachusetts Institute for Technology.

26 Nov 2016

iera creationism oslo world humanist conference 2011 Subboor Ahmad

iERA proselytizes in Oslo Norway

Proselytizers from iERA (UK) discuss creationism with a woman in Oslo Norway, across the street from the World Humanist Congress in 2011.

24 Jan 2012

Islam and Science - Dr. Sayed Khalil Tabatabai

Islam and Science – Sayed Khalil Tabatabai

Dr. Sayed Khalil Tabatabai discusses science as related to the Qurʾān, focusing on the Qurʾān as a book of spiritual guidance.

20 Dec 2013

evolution, Kamran Ahmed

Islam, Homo sapiens’ Evolution, and the First Humans

In this vlog, Kamran Ahmed uses handwriting on a black screen to show how there is no contradiction between his understanding of biological evolution and the Qurʾān. 

23 Feb 2015

iera creationism oslo world humanist conference 2011 Subboor Ahmad

iERA proselytizes in Oslo Norway

Proselytizers from iERA (UK) discuss creationism with a woman in Oslo Norway, across the street from the World Humanist Congress in 2011.

24 Jan 2012

Islam and Science - Dr. Sayed Khalil Tabatabai

Islam and Science – Sayed Khalil Tabatabai

Dr. Sayed Khalil Tabatabai discusses science as related to the Qurʾān, focusing on the Qurʾān as a book of spiritual guidance.

20 Dec 2013

evolution, Kamran Ahmed

Islam, Homo sapiens’ Evolution, and the First Humans

In this vlog, Kamran Ahmed uses handwriting on a black screen to show how there is no contradiction between his understanding of biological evolution and the Qurʾān. 

23 Feb 2015

Evolution Disproved by ONE sentence!

Evolution Disproved by ONE sentence!

This short vlog presents a debate between an atheist and a Muslim about evolution, using poor evidence to support evolution.

25 Jul 2010

Mohamed AbuTaleb

The Clash of Reason and Revelation: Reconciling Science and Scripture in Islam

Mohamed AbuTaleb uses this 2012 lecture to share what he considers to have been missing in the intellectual discourse on science: The Qurʾān.

13 Oct 2012

Adnan Ibrahim discusses evolution

The Theory of Evolution in the QURAN

This compilation combines three clips from the Austrian Islamic scholar, Adnan Ibrahim, to debunk myths about biological evolution and connect it to Quranic narratives.

18 Jun 2016

evolution. Subboor Ahmad

Discussion about Darwinism – Speaker’s Corner

Subboor Ahmad argues with several audience members about biological evolution and the existence of God, suggesting that everything is designed by a creator.

27 Jan 2017

Scientific Proof for existence of Allah

Scientific Proof for the Existence of Allah

This animated video by “Ask A Muslim” uses scientific ideas to suggest that humans must have been specifically created rather than coming about “by chance”.

14 Dec 2014