Past Events


Reading Group: “The Muslim Tide. Does Muslim Immigration Threaten Western Culture?” Public MCIS reading group, discussing Doug Saunders’ book “The Myth of the Muslim Tide. Do Immigrants Threaten the West?” McGill University, March/April 2017.
Workshop: “Scientific and Rationalist Traditions in Muslim India”. MCIS workshop, co-organized by Asad Q. Ahmed (University of California Berkeley), F. Jamil Ragep (McGill University), and Sally P. Ragep (McGill University) as part of a SSHRC-sponsored Partnership Development Research Program entitled “Science Teaching in Pre-Modern Islamic Societies.” University of California, Berkeley, 22 Oct 2016.

Conference: “Darwin’s Evolution: What he did not understand”, with Prof. Ehab Abouheif, Dr. Abdul Matteen Rafiqi, and Sheikh Omrani. Auditorium of the Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec (BAnQ), February 20, 2016.


Lecture: “The Cultural Imperative: Towards Purposeful Science Research Agendas in the Contemporary Muslim World”, by Prof. Ahmad Dallal, Department of History and Archaeology and Former Provost, American University of Beirut, 22 October 2015 at McGill, sponsored by MCIS;

Workshop: “Science Teaching in Contemporary Islamic Societies”, McGill University, Oct. 22-24, 2015 [part of a SSHRC Partnership Development Grant];

MCIS lecture: “Islamic Creationism in Europe: Biological Evolution in Service of the ‘Clash of Civilizations’ Narrative”, by Prof. Salman Hameed (Hampshire College), 27 March 2015 at McGill, sponsored by MCIS;

Invited lecture: “Continuity, Contiguity, Contingency: Islam and Copernicus Reconsidered”, the Richmond Lecture, by Prof. Jamil Ragep at Williams College, 14 April 2015;

Invited lecture: “Religion as Agency in the History of Islamic Science”, by MCIS member Prof. Jamil Ragep at Bowdoin College (Maine), 27 February 2015;

Online course: “An Introduction to Evolution for Muslims by Muslims”, organized jointly by the Deen Institute and MCIS and taught by MCIS members Dr. Matteen Rafiqi and Prof. Ehab Abouheif, January 2015;


MCIS lecture “Islam and Evolution: Can Science and Religion Coexist Harmoniously?” by Dr. Rana Dajani (Hashemite University, Jordan), 22 September 2014 at McGill, sponsored by MCIS;

Workshop: “Special Aspects of Teaching Science to Different Cultural Audiences”, with MCIS members Prof. Anila Asghar, Prof. Ehab Abouheif, and Dr. Abdul Matteen Rafiqi, Redpath Museum, December 2014;

Independent reading group: “Islam, Science, and Education: Past Perspectives, Present Dilemmas, and Future Prospects”, at the McGill Institute for the Public Life of Arts and Ideas (IPLAI), organized by MCIS (Prof. Anila Ashgar and Prof. Ehab Abouheif), Winter 2014;


Invited lecture: “ ‘Seek Knowledge Even as Far as China’: The Quest for Islamic Science”, by Prof. Jamil Ragep, an event sponsored by the Ismaili community on the occasion of the Prophet’s birthday, February 2013;

Public debate: “Have Muslims Misunderstood Evolution?”, by MCIS member Prof. Ehab Abouheif at the Deen Institute’s “Dialogue with Islam” event, January 2013;


Invited panel member Prof. Ehab Abouheif on “Reconciling the Islamic Tradition with the Theory of Evolution”, part of “Science & Islam” event, organized by the American Islamic Congress, sponsored by Project Nur, and supported by the John Templeton Foundation, October 2012. Articles in Forbes: “Tonight in Boston: Grappling With Evolution and Islam”, “God and Evolution: Easier for Muslims than Christians?”.