Teaching Science in the Muslim Society

A talk by Rana Dajani, Nidhal Guessoum and Athar Osama
Society for the Advancement of Science, Technology and Innovation in the Arab World, American University of Sharjah and World Science Collaborative

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We live today in the world of virtually unlimited information, intense exposure to social media, fake news, and often pseudo-science. In the Muslim World, there is an even greater challenge of a lack of shared understanding what of what is (and isn't) and addressing the uninformed mixing of scientific and religious realms. In the journalistic realm, in popular discourse in society, and in the classroom, this creates a hazardous situation which many find exceedingly difficult to navigate. Consequently, these difficult conversations are often avoided leaving behind questions, confusion, misunderstandings, or worse! This panel discusses an approach used by an innovative new project on Holistic Teaching of Science in the Muslim World to address these difficult conversations. The lessons are particularly important to science journalists trying to understand science from pseudo-science or understanding the implications of what is being presented as well as teachers answering questions in the classroom or society at large.

Nidhal Guessoum

Professor of Astrophysics at American University of Sharjah

Athar Osama

Founder and Executive Director, World Science Collaborative Ltd

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