Science & Education

, Volume 18, Issue 6, pp 885–903

Modern Science and Conservative Islam: An Uneasy Relationship


DOI: 10.1007/s11191-008-9165-3

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Edis, T. Sci & Educ (2009) 18: 885. doi:10.1007/s11191-008-9165-3


Familiar Western debates about religion, science, and science education have parallels in the Islamic world. There are difficulties reconciling conservative, traditional versions of Islam with modern science, particularly theories such as evolution. As a result, many conservative Muslim thinkers are drawn toward creationism, hopes of Islamizing science, or other ways to retain the primacy of faith while continuing efforts to catch up with modern technology. Muslims argue that science and Islam coexist in harmony, but both intellectually and institutionally, the Islamic world harbors many tensions between science and religion.

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© Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2008

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PhysicsTruman State UniversityKirksvilleUSA

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