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

Manoug Manougian, Lebanese Rocket Society

An age old fascination with space in the Arab world

Evaluation of a video that describes the development of interest in space-related technologies in the Middle East.

13 Feb 2018

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

George Saliba 2010, Arabic/Islamic Astronomy

Arabic/Islamic Astronomy in Intercultural and European Context

Dr. George Saliba discusses the mathematics involved in determining the time for the five daily prayers, and in particular, the mid-day prayer.

11 Jul 2010

Zakir Naik lectures, critique

Evolution, Atheism and the Qur’an

In this critique video, ExMuslimLondon selects a variety of clips from Zakir Naik lectures and provides textual responses, primarily addressing the misrepresentations of science.

17 Sep 2011

Recent Videos

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

Stop Spamming vlog on "Reacting to Dr. Zakir Naik's Scientific Miracles #3 - Embryology", embryology quran

Stop Spamming on Reacting to Dr. Zakir Naik’s Scientific Miracles #3

An evaluation of a video in which Stop Spamming expresses his disgust that a topic he had considered thoroughly debunked, embryology.

5 Jan 2018

vlog on embryology Quran, Mohammed Hijab, Abu Safiyya Mohammed Osman, Ayman Sebazzi

Is Dr. Zakir Naik Right About Embryology in the Quran?

This vlog presents three speakers discussing vocabulary related to embryology from the Qurʾān.

1 Jan 2018

Gasser Hathout, Science in the Quran Series, Video 1, Why Study the Issue of ‘Science in the Quran’?

Science in the Quran series, Video 1. Introduction

This short video introduces a lecture series of 23 videos. The stated purpose is to help Muslims come to a deeper understanding of the Qurʾān through science.

31 Mar 2017

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

Gasser Hathout, Science in the Quran Series, Video 1, Why Study the Issue of ‘Science in the Quran’?

Science in the Quran series, Video 1. Introduction

This short video introduces a lecture series of 23 videos. The stated purpose is to help Muslims come to a deeper understanding of the Qurʾān through science.

31 Mar 2017

Apostate Prophet, Zakir Naik is embarassing, evolution

Zakir Naik Is Embarrassing

The Apostate Prophet in this video blog discusses a clip of a debate between Adnan Jihangir, an ex-Muslim, and Zakir Naik regarding the theory of evolution.

2 Mar 2018

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

Subboor Ahmed and Mohammed Hijab, The Academic Problems of Darwinian Evolution

Academic Problems of Darwinian Evolution

Mohammed Hijab and Subboor Ahmed discuss biological evolution and whether or not it is true, or as they frame it, “certain”.

26 Sep 2017

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

Mohamed Ghilan image

Islam, Science and Evolution: Strengthening Belief in Times of Uncertainty

Mohamed Ghilan discusses evolution, doubt, and the interplay of classical religious training with scientific methodologies.

7 Nov 2015

Ilyas Ally and Shabir Ally

Understanding Christian Perspectives

Ilyas Ally and Shabir Ally discuss Christian understandings of creation/evolution as presented in two books.

14 Mar 2018