Thursday, February 14, 2008

Taner Edis on Islam, modernity and science

Here is a Reasonable Doubts podcast interview that deals with science and (Islamic) pseudoscience in the Islamic world. There is also a good discussion of the differences between Islam and Christianity when tackling issues of modern science. Taner Edis is the author of An Illusion of Harmony: Science and religion in Islam, which is an excellent introduction to the topic (he also has a blog, The Secular Outpost). Here is the link to the podcast and his interview starts a few minutes into the podcast. The second part of the interview is not available yet, but it will discuss some of the blistering criticisms of Islam (for example, by Sam Harris, Christopher Hitchens, etc) and the apologist end of the spectrum. I will provide a link when its available.