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

Rana Dajani, Islam and Evolution, Faraday Instutute

Islam and Evolution: Is there a controversy?

Dr. Rana Dajani discusses evolution in the contemporary Arab world, using a wide variety of Qurʾānic verses to show that there is no necessary conflict.

1 Mar 2015

David A King, Astronomy in the Service of Islam, mathematical astronomy

Astronomy in the Service of Islam

David A King discusses “folk” and mathematical astronomy that was used to facilitate Islamic ritual and then compares Muslim instruments (astrolabes, etc) with European versions from the Renaissance.

5 Apr 2018

Ahmed Zewail, Insight: Ideas for Change, discussing evolution

Ideas for Change – Ahmed Zewail

Ahmed Zewail, who received the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1999, discusses the importance of education for world development, including education about biological evolution. 

18 Mar 2013

Salman Hameed, The Religious Framing of Darwin and Evolution in Pakistan, Islam Pakistan

The Religious Framing of Darwin and Evolution in Pakistan

Salman Hameed discusses how Islam in Pakistan affects the understanding of Darwin and biological evolution.

21 Oct 2013

Recent Videos

A Sperm’s Journey and Embryology in Quran, Clare Forestier, There Is No Clash, embryology quran

A Sperm’s Journey and Embryology in Quran

Host Clare Forestier discusses human embryology, and presents verses in the Qurʾān that she asserts demonstrate the same material.

1 Mar 2018

Moon Sighting: Scientific Perspective, Salman Hameed and Akif Khan

Moon Sighting: Scientific Perspective

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. 

1 May 2015

Evolution - importance and religious integration - a chat with Dr. Salman Hameed, evolution muslims

Evolution: Importance and Religious Integration

Salman Hameed defines and discusses the relationships between Muslims and biological evolution through natural selection. 

1 May 2015

Ahmad Dallal, "In the Shadow of Modernity", 28 Feb 2008

4. In the Shadow of Modernity. Islam, Science, and the Challenge of History

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.

11 Dec 2014

Evolution - importance and religious integration - a chat with Dr. Salman Hameed, evolution muslims

Evolution: Importance and Religious Integration

Salman Hameed defines and discusses the relationships between Muslims and biological evolution through natural selection. 

1 May 2015

Ahmad Dallal, "In the Shadow of Modernity", 28 Feb 2008

4. In the Shadow of Modernity. Islam, Science, and the Challenge of History

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.

11 Dec 2014

Islam, Modern Science, Evolution: Conflict or Harmony? Nidhal Guessoum, 2016

Islam, Modern Science, Evolution: Conflict or Harmony?

Nidhal Guessoum discusses the framing of science and Islam, with a particular focus on biological evolution, including human evolution.

11 Apr 2016

John Fontain, Warning, There Is No Clash

Warning! There Is No Clash

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.

3 May 2018

Subboor Ahmed, Islam, Evolution and Darwinism, iERA evolution

Islam, Evolution and Darwinism

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.

21 Apr 2017

Clare Forestier, "Quran confirms evolution and human African roots", ThereIsNoClash

Quran confirms evolution and human African roots

Host Clare Forestier presents biological evolution, particularly that of humans, and suggests that verses in the Qurʾān demonstrate the same material.

20 April 2018

Stop Spamming on Hijab & Osman's Reacting to Zakir Naik's Scientific Miracles #4, debunking scientific miracles

Stop Spamming’s Comment on ‘Reacting to Dr. Zakir Naik’s Scientific Miracles #4’

An evaluation of Stop Spamming’s comment on Mohammed Hijab and Mohammed Osman’s fourth video supporting scientific miracles.

14 Jan 2018

Nidhal Guessoum and Stefano Bigliardi, al-Akhawayn University, Ifrane Morocco

Islam and Contemporary Science: Partners, Enemies or Strangers?

Nidhal Guessoum, author and astrophysicis, joins moderator Stefano Bigliari to answer prepared questions from students in al-Akhawayn University in Morocco.

4 Apr 2018