Understanding Islam and Science

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Salman Hameed holds an endowed chair and is an assistant professor of integrated science and humanities at Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts. He also serves as director ofthe Center for the Study of Science in Muslim Societies.  The center focuses on investigating the roles and reception of science in Muslim societies, with the goal of understanding how social, political, historical and religious factors influence — and are influenced by — the methodologies and findings of science. It examines Muslim societies across the world, including diaspora or immigrant communities in the West. The center takes an interdisciplinary approach that includes the perspectives of history, sociology, philosophy, anthropology and science education.  Hameed was interviewed at the annual meeting of the AAAS held in Washington, DC in February 2011, after he participated in a session entitled, "The Challenge of Teaching Evolution in the Islamic World." Check out his responses to the ScienceLives 10 Questions in the video below.

Name: Salman Hameed Institution: Hampshire College Field of Study: Integrated Science & Humanities

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