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.
The speakers argue that science should be separate from religion, although there is room for belief in science.
19 Oct 2012
The speakers all present ideas about Islam that generally conform with contemporary mainstream understandings.
Science is constructed here by scientists who are also Muslims. They discuss some of the ideas present in the Qurʾān, but they do not see these ideas as limiting the open-ended explorations that science, as they understand it, requires.
There is insufficient historical content on which to base an evaluation.
Thomas Glick presents a short history of the reception of Darwinism in the Muslim world based on textual sources.
Tariq Ramadan discusses both the past and the present of the study of science in Muslim-majority countries with Dr. Jafar Hadi Hassan.
In this critique video, ExMuslimLondon selects a variety of clips from Zakir Naik lectures and provides textual responses, primarily addressing the misrepresentations of science.
Host of “The Stream”, Imran Garda, brings in three scholars to discuss evolution from their perspectives.
Mohammed Hijab and Abu Safiyya Mohammed Osman continue their examination of cosmology-related constructions from Zakir Naik and The Masked Arab, addressing ideas of a solar apex most prominently.
Evaluation of a video in which Mohammed Hijab and Abu Safiyyah discuss the Big Bang, the expansion of the universe and other topics and attempt to determine whether these topics should be used for proselytizing Islam.
Stop Spamming provides his own analysis on a presentation about scientific miracles in the Qurʾān done in a vlog by Mohammed Hijab and Ali Safi, pointing out errors in logic and substance.
Rahmat Attaie, a scientist from Texas A&M University, discusses Quranic presentations of the expansion of the universe and life being based on water in English and Persian.
“Nate” approaches several topics related to biology and evolution to demonstrate that the Qurʾān is unscientific.
Proselytizers from iERA (UK) discuss creationism with a woman in Oslo Norway, across the street from the World Humanist Congress in 2011.
Dr. Sayed Khalil Tabatabai discusses science as related to the Qurʾān, focusing on the Qurʾān as a book of spiritual guidance.
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.
This short vlog presents a debate between an atheist and a Muslim about evolution, using poor evidence to support evolution.
Mohamed AbuTaleb uses this 2012 lecture to share what he considers to have been missing in the intellectual discourse on science: The Qurʾān.
This compilation combines three clips from the Austrian Islamic scholar, Adnan Ibrahim, to debunk myths about biological evolution and connect it to Quranic narratives.
Subboor Ahmad argues with several audience members about biological evolution and the existence of God, suggesting that everything is designed by a creator.