The next major battle over evolutionary theory is likely to occur not in the United States but in the Islamic world or in countries with large Muslim populations because of rising levels of education and Internet access there, as well as the rising importance of biology, a scientist now says.
As with Christians and Jews, there is no consensus or “official” opinion on evolution among Muslims.
However, some of them say that the theory is a cultural threat that acts as a force in favor of atheism, says Hampshire College’s Salman Hameed in an essay in the Dec. 12 issue of the journal Science. This is the same beef that some Christians have with evolution.
A general respect for science in the Islamic world means scientists have an opportunity to counter anti-evolution efforts, such as the Atlas of Creation, a glossy 850-page color volume produced by Muslim creationist Adnan Oktar who goes by the name of Harun Yahya.
Numerous university scientists and members of the media received copies of this book as an unsolicited gift in 2007.