The subject of testing prayer through scientific methods has become more contested in recent years because of the sharp variation in results of such experiments. Even scientists supporting prayer research are at odds about results over intercessory prayer.
Most scientists are not the rabid atheists that they are often portrayed as, especially in the U.S., according to a new book by Rice University sociologist Elaine Howard Ecklund.
Richard Cimino is the founder and editor of Religion Watch, a newsletter monitoring trends in contemporary religion. Since January 2008, Religion Watch is published by Religioscope Institute. Website: www.religionwatch.com.
We hear more and more about ‘Islamic science’ and ‘Islamic economics’, and over recent decades, calls for an ‘Islamization of knowledge’ and for attempts to develop Islamic models for approaching modern science have increasingly been heard. What does this mean and what does it involve for current developments across the Muslim world? Religioscope put these questions to Prof. Farid Alatas.
The interview took place at the National University of Singapore and was conducted by Jean-François Mayer.