Tuesday, May 28, 2013
Ekmeleddin İhsanoğlu on Modern Islam and Science
The Secretary General of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, Ekmeleddin İhsanoğlu, spoke at New York University Abu Dhabi last week, on the topic "Modern Islam and Science".
Although he did start with the obligatory introduction of science in the early Islamic world, he eventually moved on to what turned out to be a very statistics-oriented talk. He produced slide after slide of bar charts about the world and the OIC with regards to scientific output and investment.
Interestingly, Tunisia leads in terms of investment in R&D at 2.45% , while Turkey leads in terms of overall scientific publications (the only GCC country in the top 10 of either list is Saudi Arabia) Also, probably due to social and cultural factors, the pool of research scientists in OIC countries includes a relatively healthy female representation of 33%. As expected, a majority of R&D funding in the OIC countries comes from government sources, with Malaysia leading the way in privatization.