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Is Nanotechnology ready for Commercailisation in the Muslim World?

Nanotechnology, a field that attracts billions of dollars of research funding and thousands of scientists and engineers, has been hailed as the technology of the 21st century. With its revolutionary approach to problem solving by challenging the limits of engineering at smaller than micro-level, it gives us access to a hitherto untapped resource, the building blocks of matter themselves. It ... Read More »

Task Force Essay: The Relationship between Science and Islam: Islamic Perspectives and Frameworks

1.0          Introduction In this paper I will deal with the question of science and religion, with reference to Islamic perspectives and frameworks.  The paper will be divided into five sections: introduction a critique of the Barbour(Barbour, 2000) typology a review of the discourse on science and Islam as presented by selected Muslim thinkers, and a characterization of their approaches the ... Read More »

Islamophobia grows louder in North Carolina: ‘Can we not kill them all?’

Tom Jones, a soft-spoken man with white hair and wearing a slate-gray jacket, held up a copy of The Terrorist Next Door by the conservative author Erick Stakelbeck in the private dining room of a seafood restaurant in Kernersville, North Carolina, on a recent Thursday evening. The presentation marked a coming-out of sorts for Jones, who had announced the event ... Read More »

Flying cars ‘set to launch in Dubai this summer’

DUBAI: Flying cars have long been the stuff of an imagined sci-fi future — but the technology is real and is set for launch in Dubai as early as July, it emerged on Monday. The city’s transport boss, speaking at the World Government Summit (WGS), played a video showing an autonomous aerial vehicle zooming through the skies above Dubai, saying ... Read More »

A study in education: How Muslim women are getting into the classroom

  Mahapatra attributes this upswing in the number of Muslim girls to the execution of the Right to Education. She equally credits the dedicated efforts of local NGOs such as the Bharatiya Muslim Mahila Andolan (BMMA) in enabling the community to claim their rights under the act. The other reason some of the government schools have a larger proportion of ... Read More »

Islamic banking still riskier and less profitable than conventional lenders in Indonesia

INDONESIA: Indonesian Shariah banks are performing worse than their conventional peers when it comes to managing risks, selecting borrowers and building their client base, making Jakarta’s goal of doubling its Islamic banking market share in four years’ time seems almost elusive as banks shift their focus on improving asset quality rather than expansion. For the first nine months of 2016, ... Read More »

Valentines day and the red heart

It could have been the splash of red or the overabundance of hearts or the young man in designer jeans that caught his eye, but Sheikh Hamaad stopped under the bold “Valentine’s day Specials” banner, set his shopping basket on the floor and watched the young man battling to select an appropriate gift from the heaps of hearts, teddy bears, ... Read More »

Dubai Customs Launches Drug Smart Encyclopedia

Dubai Customs has recently launched the Drug Smart Encyclopedia, the latest innovation by the Customs Training Center at Dubai Customs, in cooperation with the Ministry of Interior, represented by the Federal Police School in Sharjah. The encyclopedia is the first of its kind worldwide, and includes all types of drugs illustrated by information, images, and videos, with examples of different ... Read More »

Austria to ban full-face veil in public

Austria is the latest European country to move to ban the full-face veil in public spaces. The country’s ruling coalition this week agreed to prohibit full-face veils such as the burqa and the niqab in courts and schools, while further investigating the possibility of banning headscarves for women employed in public services. The ban is part of a package of ... Read More »

The tragic story of Soviet genetics shows the folly of political meddling in science

A few years ago, one of us (Ian) was lucky enough to be invited to visit the N.I. Vavilov Institute of Plant Industry in St Petersburg, Russia. Every plant breeder or geneticist knows of Nikolai Vavilov and his ceaseless energy in collecting important food crop varieties from all over the globe, and his application of genetics to plant improvement.Vavilov championed ... Read More »