Darwin in the Muslim World

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Cognitive Science
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Hampshire College
This course will look at the way Darwin's theory of biological evolution was received in the Muslim world in the late 19th and early 20th centuries and how these debates have played out to contemporary times. We will encounter early defenders of Darwin's ideas like Sayyid Ahmad Khan in British India and the Grand Mufti of Egypt, Muhammad Abduh, as well as critics such as the proponent of pan-Islamism, Jamal al-din Afghani. We will also look at the way culture and politics today shape the debate over the acceptance and rejection of biological evolution in Turkey, Pakistan, and for Muslim minorities in Europe and the United States.
Mind, Brain, and Information Multiple Cultural Perspectives Writing and Research In this course, students are expected to spend at least six to eight hours a week of preparation and work outside of class time. This time includes reading, writing, research.
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Permission is required for interchange registration during the add/drop period only.
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Course Sections

Darwin in the Muslim World
Sect # Credits Instructor(s) Instructor Email Meeting Times Location
1 4.0 Salman Hameed sahCS@hampshire.edu 01:00PM-02:20PM TU;01:00PM-02:20PM TH Adele Simmons Hall 222;Adele Simmons Hall 222