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● ISG's Past Lecture :
Speaker: Prof. Reza Mansouri
Date & time: Monday September 11th 2006, 4:00-5:30 PM
Location: MIT Room 4-159

Sustainable Development in the Muslim World needs Excellence in Science and Technology: Iran a Case Study (in Persian)

Bio: Prof. Reza Mansouri is a professor of physics at Sharif University of Technology. In addition to many scientific awards he has received internationally, he is the laureate of the acclaimed Abdus-Salam prize. Prof. Mansouri is one of the key figures of scientific policy-making in Iran and has served as the Deputy Science Minister from 2001 to 2005. He has a number of publications focusing on scientific development in Iran.

Abstract: The Islamic revolution of Iran, the attacks on the US on 9/11, and the result of recent parliamentary elections in Palestine are symptoms of a much broader movement in the Moslem world – one that the west has failed to understand. It is still much too early to expect a constructive dialogue between the Moslem world and the West. Half a century may pass before the Moslem world is ready to move decisively to embrace modernity and technological development. But increased collaboration on specific science and technology projects can provide a solid basis for beginning a discussion. While scientific and technological cooperation can easily pave the way for more amicable relations, it can also result in serious and dangerous misunderstandings. This talk is an attempt to reveal where these misunderstandings could occur. In spite of the difficulties, it is important to embrace any action that can pave the way toward a broader dialogue and minimize the risk of conflict between Moslem and Western cultures.

How an Obsolete concept of Science impedes the Development of Islamic countries: The Example of Iran PDF article

Prof. Mansouri's lecture at the National Academy of Sciences in Washington (Power Point)