Readers of this blog know of our interest in Islamic creationism and its leading spokesman, Adnan Oktar (pseudonym: Harun Yahya), interviewed here last June. Over at Science and Religion News, Salman Hameed has been posting comprehensive updates to this story including articles by himself and others. Hameed, an astronomer and assistant professor of science and humanities at Hampshire College in Massachusetts, is working on creationism in today’s Islamic world and how Muslims see science and religion. (Photo: Harun Yahya, 21 May 2008/Osman Orsal)
Hameed’s blog is a kind of one-stop shop for anyone interested in this topic. Since he’s posted several items in recent weeks, here’s a quick index:
Internet and the spread of Islamic Creationism, with a link to Martin Riexinger’s article Propagating Islamic Creationism on the Internet.
Harun Yahya and the arts, with a link to Nathan Schneider’s article Harun Yahya’s Dark Arts — (subheader: One-on-one with the Turkish creationist who uses bad science and bizarre art to spread his vision of a troubled world).
Science paper on Islamic Creationism, with a helpful link to his article Bracing For Islamic Creationism that was published in Science but is blocked to non-subscribers.
Interview with New Scientist on Islamic Creationism, with a link to the text in New Scientist.
Ghamidi on Islam and evolution — this is interesting because it shows that Javed Ahmad Ghamidi, a leading Pakistani Islamic scholar often classified as a modernist, also rejects the Darwinist theory of common descent. He seems to subscribe to a kind of theistic evolution that rules out common descent. Hameed includes a YouTube interview with Ghamidi with a summary because it’s in Urdu.
Talking about “origins” in Pakistan, with link to a local report in The News.
(Photo: Salman Hameed/Science and Religion News)