Saudi cleric to king’s university: don’t teach evolution, mix sexes
A senior Saudi cleric said religious scholars should vet the curriculum at the kingdom’s only co-educational university, meant to be a beacon of science, to prevent “alien ideologies” such as evolution.
(Photo: King Abdulla at KAUST opening, 23 Sept 2009/Susan Baaghil)
King Abdullah’s University of Science and Technology (KAUST), designed to produce Saudi scientists, is the only educational institution in the kingdom where men and women can mix. It is located near a Red Sea village away from the clutches of religious police and opened on September 23.
“The recommendation is to set up sharia committees at this university to oversee these studies and look into what violates the sharia (Islamic law),” Sheikh Saad al-Shithri, a member of a panel of top scholars, was quoted by al-Watan newspaper.
“We are looking at some of the sciences that have included some irregular and alien ideologies, like evolution and such other ideologies,” said Shithri, who is one of several clerics who objected to co-education at the university.
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What do you think about this? Can a new university for science and technology not teach evolution?
With 2009 being Darwin Year, we’ve had quite a few blog posts on evolution recently. Here’s a selection:
- Evolution book takes aim at “Intelligent Design”
- Texas reaches evolution compromise: who won, who lost?
- Anti-Darwin speaker gagged at Vatican evolution conference
- Just before Darwin day, Pew reviews faith and evolution in U.S.
- Evolution gets added boost in Texas schools
- Cardinal Schönborn links financial crisis to evolutionism
- Can policymakers use Darwin’s insights? New twist on old debate
- Vatican sees “urgent” need to review Darwin and evolution
- Harun Yahya preaches Islam, slams Darwin and awaits Jesus
- Pope Benedict’s evolution book finally comes out in English