The McGill Centre for Islam & Science (MCIS) is one of the first international think tanks to bring scholars, policy-makers, and educators together to tackle some of the most vexing problems in the Islamic world: the lag in scientific productivity and the widespread belief that modern science is a western phenomenon. As such, the Centre will sponsor research into the causes underlying this lag as well as historical studies of science in Islam and its interactions with “western science”. By doing so, we seek to encourage Muslim scientists to advocate for increased attention to scientific development in Islamic countries.
Through our history and educational praxes we consider perceptions about the epistemology of science, since an understanding of the tools and processes used to construct scientific knowledge is the basis of scientific literacy.
By exploring current debates around issues such as bioethics and evolution, the Centre establishes a deep understanding of the complex factors that shape Muslim societies’ attitudes toward modern science.