WASHINGTON, October 24, 2012 – This evening, AIC and Project Nur, with support from the John Templeton Foundation, will host the second event of the “Science and Islam” series entitled “Reconciling the Islamic Tradition with the Theory of Evolution” at Boston University. The event will feature three panel speakers, all prominent Muslim scientists from U.S. and Canadian universities

Science and Islam is a groundbreaking series that explores the intersection and divergence of faith and reason. Tonight’s presentation will explore Muslim responses to the theory of evolution. It will focus on how Muslims in different societies view biological evolution and what can that tell us about the future interaction of modern science and Islam.

What: Reconciling Muslim Tradition and the Theory of Evolution

When: 6:00pm – 9:00pm

Where: The Colloquim Room at the Boston University, 8 Saint Mary’s Street.


  • Dr. Omar Haque is a post-doctoral fellow in the Department of Psychology at Harvard University. He is a co-author of the article “Extending Evolutionary Accounts of Religion beyond the Mind: Religions as Adaptive Systems” and teaches courses in evolutionary psychology and the psychology of religion.
  • Dr. Ehab Abouheif is a assistant professor in the Department of Biology at McGill University. He recently presented his work “On Bridging Islam and Evolution through the Secret World of Ants: Struggles of a Muslim Evolutionary Biologist” at the McGill University Symposium Islam and Evolution.
  • Keynote speaker Dr. Salman Hameed is an associate professor of integrated science and humanities at Hampshire College. His primary research interest focuses on understanding the rise of creationism in the Islamic world and how Muslims view the relationship between science & religion.

Science and Islam is a series of dialogues analyzing the intersection of Islamic faith and science. These dialogues, which address issues like creation, evolution and extraterrestrial life, are held at college campuses across the country and feature a panel of prominent Muslim scientists. Visit http://aic.craftedenterprises.com/programs/science-and-islam for more information or to register for the next Science and Islam event.

Project Nur is a student-led initiative of the American Islamic Congress. It includes students from various backgrounds, cultures and faiths to work together on human rights and civil rights initiatives. Visit http://www.projectnur.org for more additional information.

The American Islamic Congress is a civil-rights organization promoting tolerance and the exchange of ideas among Muslims and between other peoples. The 501(c)3 organization leads initiatives around the world and has offices in Washington, Boston, Egypt, Tunisia and Iraq. Visit http://www.aicongress.org for more additional information.