More on Science and Islam

Today’s NY Times features a front-page story, "Saudi King Tries to Grow Modern Ideas in Desert," about King Abdullah’s plans for a $12.5 billion University of Science and Technology in Saudi Arabia. The story notes in part, "The king is lavishing the institution not only with money, but also with his full political endorsement, intended to stave off internal challenges from conservatives and to win over foreign scholars who doubt that academic freedom can thrive here."

The story makes for an interesting read, especially in light of my earlier entry about Pervez Hoodbhoy, chair and professor in the department of physics at Quaid-i-Azam University in Islamabad, Pakistan.

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