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

Nabeel Qureshi

Response to Surah 86:6-7

Nabeel Qureshi discusses his understanding of Surah 86:6-7 from the Qurʾān. He suggests that those who find these verses to be discussing sperm are performing verbal acrobatics rather than trying to understand what the verses say on their surface.

27 Jan 2015

Safiyyah Ally, Shabir Ally

Is Islam compatible with Evolution?

Shabir Ally addresses the question of whether the process of evolution is compatible with his understanding of Islam in this clip from “Let the Quran Speak”.

31 Oct 2009

The Masked Arab, Analysis of Zakir Naik’s claims

Analysis of Zakir Naik’s claims

This video blog from the Masked Arab presents errors he finds in Zakir Naik videos addressing science and the Qurʾān.

25 Dec 2014

House of Wisdom

Islam, Philosophy and Science in Baghdad

This clip presents Baghdad and the House of Wisdom (Bayt al-Hikma).

19 Apr 2010

Recent Videos

Eamonn Gearon, al-Razi and Ibn Sina, Golden Age, Great Courses

Medieval Muslim Medicine and Hospitals

Evaluation of a video from a “Great Courses” series: a lecture by Eamonn Gearon discussing al-Razi (d. ca. 925) and Ibn Sina (d. 1037) and their context in the study of medicine in Europe.

10 Jul 2017

Astronomy, Islam, Jim al-Khalili, al-Jazeera 2015

Astronomy: The Science of the Stars

An evaluation of a video in which Jim al-Khalili presents both modern and historical astronomy, discussing Nasir al-Din Tusi and Muhammad Abu Rayhan al-Biruni, in addition to modern radio telescopes’ discoveries.

13 Oct 2015

Abouheif evolution, Have Muslims Misunderstood Evolution

Have Muslims Misunderstood Evolution

Ehab Abouheif (McGill University) presents evidence for evolution and addresses some of the major myths about evolution in this lecture in London in January 2013.  

5 Jul 2016

optics, Jim al-Khalili, al-Jazeera, Ibn Haytham

Optics: The True Nature of Light

Al-Khalili in this half-hour documentary looks at the works and processes of several medieval Arabic scientists who worked on optics and the nature of light, as well as contemporary Middle Eastern scientists who work with light.

6 Oct 2015

Abouheif evolution, Have Muslims Misunderstood Evolution

Have Muslims Misunderstood Evolution

Ehab Abouheif (McGill University) presents evidence for evolution and addresses some of the major myths about evolution in this lecture in London in January 2013.  

5 Jul 2016

NateTalksToYou, unscientific Quran

Even More Unscientific Quran Verses

“Nate” approaches several topics related to biology and evolution to demonstrate that the Qurʾān is unscientific.

1 May 2017

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