Though I'm still recovering from my chimp genome marathon series, I thought I'd point out a fascinating article in the latest Evolution by Elise Burton on "Evolution and creationism in Middle Eastern education: a new perspective." She shows that the equation of Islamic education with antievolutionism doesn't hold up. In truth, some Israeli schools are more antievolution than the state-run schools of Iran. Other Muslim nations are more antievolution in their approach:
The fact that "secular" Turkish education has creationist trends similar to those in the authoritarian-religious Saudi state, whereas authoritarian-religious Iran endorses evolution, further challenges recurrent assumptions about the relationship between government secularism and acceptance of evolution.She highlights social and historical differences between Muslim states as factors that complicate a country's acceptance of evolution. Definitely worth reading (and unfortunately available only to subscribers, individual or institutional).
Burton. 2011. Evolution and creationism in Middle Eastern education: a new perspective. Evolution 65:301-304.
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