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.
A panel discussion from March 2014 at the American University in Cairo in which Arab women scientists discuss the problems and benefits of working in Egypt and elsewhere.
12 May 2014
The material on Islam is within the bounds of what Muslims have historically understood as acceptable. It should be noted, however, that none of the speakers constructed any of the problems as pertaining to Islam specifically.
The science presented only includes general statements. There is no discussion of how doing science might be different in North America versus Egypt, beyond having an easier time getting funding for their labs in Egypt.
This video, produced by the International Centre for Theoretical Physics, presents memories and ideas from Dr. Mohammad Abdus Salam (d. 1996), one of the founders of the organization.
In this critique video, ExMuslimLondon selects a variety of clips from Zakir Naik lectures and provides textual responses, primarily addressing the misrepresentations of science.
Shabir Ally and Safiyyah Ally discuss the possibility of there being intelligent life outside of Earth.
This short video presents an unnamed speaker discussing a connection he sees between television shows by Carl Sagan and Brian Green about the universe with a ḥadīth.
Clare Forestier presents a non-standard interpretation of verses 86:7-14 of the Quran.
This video blog by Stop Spamming addresses a video about embryology in the Qurʾān by a relatively new group, There Is No Clash.
Host Clare Forestier discusses human embryology, and presents verses in the Qurʾān that she asserts demonstrate the same material.
Akif Khan and Salman Hameed discuss the topic of moon sighting, the method through which the start of months of the Islamic calendar are identified.
Salman Hameed defines and discusses the relationships between Muslims and biological evolution through natural selection.
Ahmad Dallal discusses science in the 19th and 20th centuries in the Muslim world, arguing that the modern Muslim world is not informed by a culture of science.
Nidhal Guessoum discusses the framing of science and Islam, with a particular focus on biological evolution, including human evolution.
John Fontain speaks against a video, which says that biological evolution can be found in the Qurʾān. Fontain urges “the Muslims” not to watch or share the video.
Subboor Ahmad, a speaker for iERA, discusses “Darwinian evolution”. He presents it as the dominant model, and encourages the audience to accept it, yet he also tries to present it as inherently flawed.
Host Clare Forestier presents biological evolution, particularly that of humans, and suggests that verses in the Qurʾān demonstrate the same material.
An evaluation of Stop Spamming’s comment on Mohammed Hijab and Mohammed Osman’s fourth video supporting scientific miracles.
Nidhal Guessoum, author and astrophysicis, joins moderator Stefano Bigliari to answer prepared questions from students in al-Akhawayn University in Morocco.