News about SSiMS

The Center for the Study of Science in Muslim Societies is active in a variety of areas.


The center has begun research on the circulation of science and Islam online videos, funded by a second grant from the Templeton Foundation received in July 2015, and has a catalogue of videos on the internet about Islam and science, funded by a grant from 2014. Learn more »

The first presentation of this research was given by Vika Gardner at a conference at the University of Durham (U.K.), Muslims and Islam in European Modernity, 20 August 2015, entitled "Arguing Normative Islam: European Engagement with Muslim Ideas about Science in Video".

In 2009, Hampshire College and Dr. Salman Hameed received a grant from the National Science Foundation to study the acceptance of evolution among Muslim physicians. 


Hampshire College hosted a conference in October 2-3, 2009 on "Darwin and Evolution in the Muslim World." It brought scholars from around the world to discuss the perception of evolution among Muslims. The conference was supported by a grant from the Carnegie Corporation of New York. Learn more »


The center's director, Dr. Salman Hameed, engages in the world-wide discussion about Islam and science through his blog, Irtiqa.

Salman Hameed also creates Science ka Adda (Science Café), an Urdu-language video series on astronomy.  Learn more »



The center supports a variety of lectures in the local area. Learn more »

In the news

Salman Hameed, “Muslim thought on evolution takes a step forward,” The Guardian, January 11, 2013

Steve Paulson, "Does Islam Stand Against Science?," The Chronicle Review, August 12, 2011

Liz Leslie, "Belief in Evolution Complex, Varied Across Muslim Communities," Muslim Voices website, July 6, 2011

T.V. Padma, "Complex Islamic response to evolution emerges from study," SciDevNet website, June 29, 2011

Jill Kaufman, "Hampshire Opens Center for the Study of Science in Muslim Societies," WCFR, New England Public Radio, November 15, 2010