Evolution has become a Muslim Issue. This was inevitable: the self-fueling kinetic energy of “Darwin’s dangerous idea” is such that no religious tradition can remain immune to its sound and fury. Muslims were late-comers and ill-prepared for the discourse when it first reached their colonized lands in the nineteenth century. The post colonial era (after World War II) did not immediately yield any radical change in the intellectual framework of the Muslim world; and much of the second half of the twentieth century was marked by various pseudo-starts—“revolutions”—that produced more heat than light. However, the ground is shifting.
This special issue of the Journal of Islamic Sciences features three conversations, book reviews, and reflective essays.