Posts Tagged: Jordan


Islam in Jordan: King Abdullah II

The Atlantic recently ran an extensive feature on King Abdullah II of Jordan. Amid the social and political transformations reshaping the Middle East, can Jordan’s Abdullah II, the region’s most pro-American Arab leader, liberalize his kingdom, modernize its economy, and save the country from capture by Islamist radicals? The story is lengthy but insightful. It offers a positive look into King Abdullah’s world and family history (he is a direct descendant of Prophet Muhammad) as well as his perspective on how he and his country are currently situated in the Arab World. Read the full story here. The feature includes: King…

Islam in Science: Scientific Study Making Comeback

A recent feature in The Economist looked at the renewed interest in science in the Islamic world. While in 2005, the story says, Harvard University produced more scientific papers than 17 Arabic-speaking countries combined, there have only been two Nobel laureates from among the world’s 1.6 billion Muslims — one in chemistry and physics. The story considers that this disparity is due in part to Islam’s hostility toward science and that rote thinking takes precedence over critical thinking. Read the full story here. But there is a change happening, the feature continues. The flow of money for scientific research is increasing in…

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