The British Council made a terrific decision when they picked Alexandria to hold its conference on Darwin's Living Legacy (also see my posts about the conference here, here, here, here, and here). This initiative has generated a broader conversation about evolution in the Arab and the larger Muslim world. The conference also brought in journalists from all over the world, including Sohail Yusuf (and his cameraman, Tauseef Aleem) from Pakistan. They have done a good job as a 2-person crew in preparing this report about the conference, and it has already aired twice on a Pakistani satellite channel, Metro One. The first part also provides a brief tour of Bibliotheca Alexandrina, where the conference tool place:
and the second part here:
The fact that this aired on a Pakistani television channel twice, again, underscores the variety of reactions to evolution in the Muslim world. I think that Muslims will be okay with evolution as long as it doesn't get lumped with atheism (which it doesn't have to), and its applications to medicine and biotechnology become widely known. Hope to see more efforts like this one.
BBC debate and more pics from the Darwin conference in Alexandria
More thoughts on Darwin conference in Alexandria
Darwin conference in Alexandria - some pics
Darwin in Alexandria I
In Alexandria for Darwin's Living Legacy conference