The article, entitled, “Islam and Science: The Road to renewal” published on January 26th issue of The Economist is not strictly related to biotechnology and yet I thought that GNOBB members may like to read it with a good deal of interest as it addresses some fundamental issues confronting the Muslim countries. However, the situation is not as dismal as it may appear considering the lavish grant of Tk. 120 million awarded to Professor to Maqsudul Alam at the University of Hawaii, Manoa campus to unravel the genomic blueprint of jute.
The trend in the developing countries is that when the situation demands a budget cut, the first victim in the front line is scientific research. On the other hand, the Abbasid caliphs 1000 years back showered money on learning and research. As a result Science and Technology between eighth and the 13th centuries during which time Europe went into a deep sleep, S&T flourished in Persia (Iran). Since there has been a recent awakening awakening among the policy makers in the Islamic world, let us hope that the trend will continue unabated and the Muslim world will soon march shoulder to shoulder with its Western counterpart if not surpassing them in intellectual pursuit and scientific discoveries.