Muslim Nobel Prize Winners

Nobel Prizes are somehow among the very few annual events that I anxiously wait for. In days leading up the Nobel prizes I read about the nominations, and then follow diligently as the prizes are announced. In some ways it is a habit I picked up while in school, but in other ways, it has become a way for me to find some encouragement that despite all the problems that plague the world today (such as oppression, terrorism, extremism, war, etc), sincere efforts of a few are indeed leading to progress, growth and positive development. developments in humanity’s evolution. I find worldwide recognition of glorious advances made in physical, natural or social sciences as evidence that humanity is finding ways to improve itself and become a better collective self.

My thesis advisor for the Ph.D. was a Nobel laureate (Mario Molina, 1995), and if I had not spent 5+ years day and night working right by his side, I would have continued to think of Nobel laureates as some super-humans that ordinary people like myself would never get to know, understand or meet. But now that is not the case. While I have utmost respect for Nobel laureates, and remain in awe of their inspiring and amazing achievements, I am also able to see them as mere human beings who have been able to make a difference in their fields by applying their intelligence, determination and creativity. They are ordinary human beings whose work has made the world a better place.

Muslims, unfortunately, have not been recipients of many Nobel prizes. Is it because our greatest academic achievements were made before Alfred Nobel decided to donate his money for the international awards? Ibn Khaldoum, Al-Khwarizmi, Ibn-Sina, Al-Biruni etc are all ancient names, sometimes only remembered fondly because the names sound mysterious, and sometimes only when their names are seen on history walls in museums. Despite the achievements by these great people, it is often surprising ad embarrassing how few Muslim students have any idea what they accomplished. That ignorance speaks volumes for how our societies have come to value advances in academia (and sciences in particular).

But that trend of Muslims not winning Nobel prizes may be changing. Among Muslims, the name that stands out for me is of course that of Abdus-Salam (also see my post here). He was a Pakistani muslim, who won the Nobel prize in Physics in 1979. However, how sad that internal squabbles within Islam in Pakistan prevented him from ever really getting the recognition he deserved in the Muslim world.

Arabs have had some success in getting to the Nobel Prize pedestal. As a chemist, I am of-course reminded of fellow physical chemist Ahmed Zewail, a Nobel laureate in chemistry (1997). Another name that I have been recently introduced to is of Naguib Mahfouz, a Nobel laureate in literature from Egypt (1988). Eteraz correectly state son his blog that perhaps Muhammad Iqbal was the only other person who came very close to receiving this price (back in the 1940s).

This year has brought a second Nobel prize in literature to the Muslim world. This year’s prize went to Orhan Pamuk, a Turkish novelist who has often been criticized in his home country for highlighting the genocide of the Armenians in the 1st world war period (under the Ottoman empire).

Muslims have received the Nobel Peace prize as well. Shirin Ebadi, an Iranian human rights activist, won the Nobel Peace prize in 2003. She was the first Muslim woman to win the Nobel prize. And today Muslims scored one more. Muhammad Yunus of Bangladesh and his Grameen Bank received the Nobel peace prize for creating microfinance institutions and for economic empowerment & development of the very poor in rural communities. One more person, waiting in line, is Abdus Sattar Edhi, the Mother Teresa of Pakistan. Us Pakistanis keep waiting.


180 Responses to Muslim Nobel Prize Winners

  1. lightcontrast says:

    I like hearing about people’s achievements. They dedicate their time and effort to it and they deserve to be awarded.

    BTW, how did you get the images to stay put? My images go into the text, so I don’t include them usually.

  2. Bilal Zuberi says:

    Hi LightContrast: By aligning the images to be right or left aligned, I am able to keep them away from interfering with the text.

  3. ayesha says:

    But can the trend of Muslims winning the Noble Prize really change unless the rot that is the Muslim society of the modern day fixed?

    Unfortunately, Muhammad Yunus and Shirin Ebadi are exceptions. Though, you are right Noble laureates are not necessarily super-human – they come from within us. But how often and far between?

    • Issie says:

      Read with interest your Muslim Nobel Prize Winners. Why do you not mention Anwar Sadat or Yasser Arafat who are Peace Prize winners? Or is it because they jointly won with Israelis? Peace is Peace is Peace, regardless of who wins it, don’t you think?

      • Issie, We do not mention Peace Prize because it has nothing to do intelligence or creativity. If I had a Peace Prize and I found out that they awarded one to Arafat I certainly would have given mine back. Who wants to be in that company?

  4. Saira says:

    this just shows how educated muslims can actually be if they follow thier religon in its true spirit. Islam actually supports seeking knowladge and loathes extremeism and some people misconceive that part. if these muslims can take Nobel prizes then why cant ordinary muslims, all you have to do is use your brain!

    • Saad says:

      What a load of rubbish. Why dcn’t you concentrate on achievement rather than silly talk.

    • You have gotta be kidding me. The Qu’ran is not against extremism. It says to cut off the hands and feet of non-believers. Mohammed the prophet was literally a pedophile.

      • asma touil says:

        mohammed prophet is the Greatest man in the world. Read about him you will become a muslim .and will be a good man .

  5. ASLAM JAMADAR says:

    2 muslim received noble award 2006.
    it is good sign to muslim people to work hard ,have a great vision in future.



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  9. wild gurl says:

    i like to see the awards that my people have reseved over the years. i also like to see that some people don’t judge us by one mistake of a person

  10. It is uplifting to read about muslim Noble laureates, though none of us should feel worse-off because of what they achieved, or our present-day condition. So much of our endevors go unnoticed, or unrecognized. The ratio of Muslim laureates to our total Muslim population would be similar to that of christian laureates, to that of theirs. Remember, it’s a prize begun by a christian, in a christian community! But we all do need to make effort and strive in our own fields, in order to be as good as, or even better than them and perhaps, more than that, we need to actually recognize of the accomplishments of our fellows(usually bogged down by leg-pullers from every quarter!)

  11. Grateful Australian says:

    How can you be delighted by this number of Muslim/Arab Nobel Prize winners? It’s ludicrous! Israeli/Jewish Nobel Prize winners number over 160 from a population of around 20 million. Compare this to the paltry number you have shown from a Muslim population of 1.4 billion! Shame on you! And by the way, the Turkish Orhan Parmuk wrote about the genocide of a million Armenians by MUSLIMS! That’s nothing to be proud of.

    • Adnan says:

      What did the jewish laureat Espinosa about jewdaism… totaly against it and how about Karl Marks, what did he say about God ? An atheist and the list goes on and on… Orhan Pamuk did not write anything bad about about Islam as of the day he received the nobel price.

    • Occam's Tool says:

      13 million Jews, not 20 million.

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  13. Elmer State says:

    The Nobel Prize, established by a Christian, as basis for discrimination against Muslims? Apparently the writer is unaware of worldwide peer review of on-going scholarship and research. Suggestion that passing over the work of researchers whose breakthroughs advance health care for everyone; that advances in the Sciences explaining the workings of a wonderful world-just because of faith or origin-smacks of paranoia or perhaps lack of awareness of the world based on self-discovery. If Muslim researchers point to wholesale rejection based on their faith, encourage or support their nations to establish a parallel recognition award designed to bring their work to the publics’ attention. Isn’t the point of the Nobel to benefit all rather than bring favorable attention to a shortlist of favored nations or individuals? Have 1.4 billion people of any persuasion chosen to emphasize non-intellectual goals in school eg rote memorization of the Holy Qu’ran in madrasses in lieu of broader skills and perspectives? Re-nfranchize all our young into the world at large. Students live what they see. I don’t believe the Prophet’s teachings intended to hobble its adherents throughout history. It is hard to do the work for change but it beats lame claims of prejudice by Christians or Jews against a (helpless, victimized?) majority faction in our world!

  14. Bernie says:

    Please note I have an updated list of Muslim/Arab Nobel Prize winners. There are only three Muslims who won the Nobel Prize in Science and literature. See Muslim Inventions – Nobel Prizes

    • Adnan says:

      Why is it so important to you to compare the number of muslim laureats with the entire muslim population? You keep writing that so many jewes laureate out of 20 milion and only a few muslims laureate out of 1.4 billion muslims. If numbers matters that much to you, than you my friend should be worried that only 20 milion people choose jewdaism as their religion out of 6.5 billion inhabitants of our planet.

      • Occam's Tool says:

        We don’t proselytize, and we believe that non-Jews can be considered “Righteous” by G-d.

      • Occam's Tool says:

        Breakdown of Numbers: (Only 5,000 Jews in New Zealand):

        Most estimates I have seen suggest that there are about 13-14 million Jews in the world. The vast majority of these Jews live in either the United States and Israel, both with 5-6 million Jews. There are about 1.5 million Jews in Europe, 400,000 in Latin America and 350,000 in Canada. In Africa, there are less than 100,000 Jews, about 90% of whom live in the country of South Africa. There are about 100,000 Jews in Australia and New Zealand combined. There are about 50,000 Jews in Asia (not including Israel).

        From this small sliver of humanity, two tenths of one percent of the world population, doth come about 1/3 of all the world’s Nobel Prizes. From the 1/4 of the World that is Islamic comes almost none. There are as many geniuses among the Moslem community as there are among the Jewish community. BUT, intellectual curiousity is not encouraged as it is in Judaism.

        Iran’s scientific development pales next to Israel, which has the largest number of scientific papers published per capita in the world. The 2009 and 2011 Nobel Prizes in Chemistry were won by Israel. Israel, not Iran, leads in nanotechnology.

        The Israelis want to work with you, not against you. If you would put down your fist, they would train your geniuses.

  15. mehwish saghir says:

    i realy admire all these people who serve there time even life for the humanity but i m realy sorry of the that even the muslims have the greatest contribution through out the history of science but still it is a tragedy that they are not being acknowleged.i wish we the muslims could reatain their glorious past in the scientific world.

    • Mekash says:

      Lay down your weapons. That would be a good start. Next stop condemning those who are not of the same beliefs as yourselves.

  16. Ike Zubert says:

    Its so sad to see that there are sadists like Bernie who exist in this world, sadist who make extra ordinary efforts to drive wedges and demonize Muslims, for no reason other than promoting their Zionist agenda.
    Its not only Muslims who should be concerned of presence of Zionists but this concern applies to most other faiths as well as atheists since the long term goal of Zionist is to treat all others other than themselves with brutality and take over the control of entire world although they know well that they will fail to do so however, they engage in such activities as evident from Bernie’s deplorable comments above where he chooses to bash Muslims and others in a ruthless manner and refers to other sites of such interest.
    The world should take notice of such elements who are willing to go o any length in order to sabotage and ruin the lovely planet and the creatures existing within.

    • ann says:

      I am a Zionist and I love the planet and my fellow human beings. All of them. I don’t appreciate your prejudicial statements that show your own deep anger. Saying Zionists, (those who want a homeland for the Jewish people) are brutal and want to take over control of the entire world would be totally laughable, if it weren’t for your direct incitement to hatred and acts of violence. I don’t condone Bernie’s comments. And yours are equally deplorable.

      I for one, want to know more about Muslim scientists AND peace keepers, and to support them, and recognize them, and laud them.

  17. Thanks for the inspiring topic, I know and understand that you did not write this piece to start a competition between Muslims and non-Muslims and rather presented the facts and figures as to how many Muslims have risen to the extent of being an achiever.
    Specially it is meant for the Muslim audience to do some soul searching as to why they don’t contribute intellectually to a level that quailifies for rewards such as the Nobel. Its saddening to see that a few readders and who have responded with their opinions appear to have lost their resolve and are charged with their same old tricks to attempt to show down Muslims. Alas, such a great topic and some extremely narrow minded individuals counting on having a field day against Muslims.
    Great forum but as usual many irrelevant ones in the audience.

  18. Buddy Priefert says:

    Lame and complete propaganda. Here is a summary of how only 3 out of 1.5 billion Mulsims have taken a Nobel Prize, and of those three, two are “secular” and often touted as unbelievers.


    So there…quite a large population with nothing contributed towards humanity except suicide bombing.

  19. Buddy Priefert says:

    Wow, my prior post has been censored. Well, that’s expected of the Islamic culture. After all, in American culture, we can slam our president and openly blasphamize our God, and even let forgieners who hate us, live and prosper here (and put men in jail who beat there wives). Contrast this to opposing opinions in Islam where they are tucked away nicely.

  20. Bilal Zuberi says:

    Buddy – If you add useful comments and engage people in a discussion, as critical as your position may be, you will not face censorship. Otherwise, I am censoring your comments that are only meant to provoke hatred. Flaming and trolling are not welcome on this blog. Find a vent for your feelings elsewhere. Take a walk and breathe in some cool air.

    • Nos Lapre says:

      Bilal, I watched some programmes on Al Jazeerah, where Muslims had the courage to question, why they are so backward and why the Jews with just approx. 14 million followers have managed to win 187 Nobel Prizes, compared with just 10 Muslims out of 1.4 billiion followers! I myself am an agnostic, but I can see the great difference in the teachings of different religious groups. And Islam is sadly one, which suppresses the free development of humans into the 21st century and the modern day democracy.

  21. Buddy Priefert says:

    @Bilal: Fair enough. It will be interesting to see if you feel the below is “Flaming or trolling” or provoking hatred.

    @Ike: “the long term goal of Zionist is to treat all others other than themselves with brutality and take over the control of entire world ”

    Is that not hypocritical or what? The last time I checked, it was Christian “Zionist” countries that allow freely practicing of other faiths and Islamic countries who not only make it illegal to practic Christianity, but will imprison and kill those caught doing so. Not only does for example, America freely allow the practice of other faiths but we even build footwashing basins in our airports, schools, etc. etc. I don’t recall in my lifetime not one incident where a group of “Zionist” masked men held a hostage reading the Bible, but do recall many videos seeing the beheadings of “infidels” while the Quaran is being read. I also do not recall any “Zionist” riots, as we have seen Islamic riots in France, Spain and England over either a cartoon drawing, teddy bear naming, or speech by the Pope.

    It appears that I could take your statement and Find/Replace Zionist with Islamic and it would read accurate for 99% of the rest of the world.

    So help me understand where you are coming from because things aren’t adding up.

  22. Bilal Zuberi says:

    Buddy: There is no denying that in modern times, suicide bombing has become too closely associated with muslims. Since the Palestine-Israel conflict is not the subject of this post, I won’t even go there to discuss the kind of paralyzed life that encourages people to commit such dastardly acts.
    But I think you are well aware that history is filled with acts of cowardly, barbaric acts of terror by people of almost all religions. From the crusades to the bombings of hotels in Jerusalem by Zionist extremists…The point is that man is capable of causing a lot of damage – but it is also capable of really moving humanity forward and making their lives better. Those who have been awarded the Nobel prize represent those few who have been able to move the ball forward – make the sum total of human knowledge and existence more meaningful.

    • Ralph Anspach says:

      Another bit of propaganda lie is the “bombing of Jerusalem hotels by Zionist extremists.” It is true that the KIing David Hotel was bombecd by Zionist freedom fighters but it had been taken over by the British occupiers of Palestine to become the civilian and military headquarters of the British rulers of Palestine. The Zionists mined it and warned the British to evacuate what was called “Bevingrad.” The British thought that no one could breach its securty arrangements and refused to evacuate. The military headquarters was then blown up. When is the last time Arab militants gave their targets a warning to evacuate? Similar fake atrocity stories about what happened in Palestine are used to brainwash Muslims to demonize Zionists.

  23. Buddy Priefert says:

    Bilal: Yes, there is no doubt a majority on all sides of religion, that is peaceful and something that represents the good in humanity. The past for all of us has plenty of darkness that we often turn our heads to, however, it seems that the Muslim response to the Jihad activity is been along the lines of “well, you know there was the Crusades…”. This is 1,000 years ago, has been openly criticized by all Christians (including the Pope who has formally apologized). We can learn from history, so let’s talk about today. The media is at least 80% propaganda (though America has less of it than dictatorship/communist countries and the Olympics is a good example). That said, why is there not a huge uprising by the Muslim community of condemation of the Jihadist activity? It seems they are more concerned about “racial” discrimination than what they can do to prevent the ill feelings they are recieving. Where are the protests in the streets when fellow Muslims see their brothers in faith rioting, shooting nuns, etc. etc. in the brutal acts that are making the headlines? Granted, there are “Zionist” bombings, but nothing, nowhere near, not even close to the number of those done in the name of Alah, and I know the media cannot distort the numbers that much.

    Bilal – one can read in your writings that you are motivated by peace. I get that. But like so many other Muslims, you seem to turn your back on what is a bad thing for your faith. If Muslims would agressively yet peacefully and openly condem these acts (and believe me, you have the billiions of followers to make an impact), then your religion of peace might just become more believeable to us Infidels.

    • S. Abdullah says:

      Dear writer.
      You have good intentions. No doubt about it. However, I would disagree about some of you ideas. I will explain my disagreement but before I want to clarify something. Through out the world it is very easy to rallly support on the defense of western ideologies (nationalism, democracy, liberty, free market etc etc). But is it not easy or even frown upon if someone tries to rally support from the very same populace on the basis of faith (christianity, judaism) etc. Now you will notice even though muslim world has around 56 countries in this globe very rarely they agree on some modern western ideologies. It is very hard to rally support based on secular western ideologies. However, muslims do have something called universal muslim brotherhood (ummah). It is the single concept that unites two muslims anywhere on this planet. Many muslims dont do a thing about religion but THEY ARE FIECERECY SUPPORTIVE OF ISLAMIC HISTORY, LEGACY, CULTURE etc. For example I am not a practicing muslim but I am proud of my muslim indentity. IT IS VERY DIFFERENT UNLIKE CHRISTIANITY OR ANY OTHER RELIGION. Muhammad was a prophet AND political leader. This is why when a muslim get attacked anywhere on this planet by non muslim army they get riled. IT IS NOT BECAUSE OF RELIGION. But because of islamic solidarity. Shared identity and history. Now as you know terrorists has killed more muslims than non muslims. There IS CONDEMNATION and punishment for those who commits it. But again it does not help when a christian countries goes around occupying the very heart of islam (Baghdad) based on lies. CHRISTIANS killed millions. Namely north american indians, south american indians, jews, japanese, russians, civil war, sbrebonitka, spanish war, algeria, india, in africa. Probably hundred times more than what muslims ever did. Leaders might not be christians but ARMIES WERE, PEOPLE WERE. So, you can not blame people because of religion. It is ideological war. Muslims will take care of those nuts and they are. JUST NOT WITH NON MUSLIM ARMY. Go invade a country and they will kill you. Pure and simple. No if or buts. True for any religion. Hopefully I portrayed my disaggreements with you and now you are better informed.

      • P. D. says:

        You have good intentions. No doubt about it. However, I would disagree about some of you ideas. I will explain my disagreement but before I want to clarify something. I will be taking many of YOUR words to say the same things about MY side of this issue because it only shows how YOUR side is misinformed. YOU have been taught things about the USA and Christianity that are incorrect. YOU can only speak what you are told but please believe me what you are told is wrong. Yes there may be some small truths in it but the are MAGNIFIED FAR BEYOND THE TRUE SCOPE OF THE ACTUAL TRUTH!!

        Firstly, I would say just as you say of your muslim brothers that ALL OVER THE WORLD even though we Christians do not know each other that we have that same “brotherhood” but our “ummah” can be extended not only to our “brotherhood” but also to the “brotherhood” of humanity. In other words, when SADDAM HUSSEIN was CRUELLY and INHUMANELY mistreating his OWN people and “brotherhood” the muslim world looked on and DID NOTHING. There was NO “condemnation” or “punishment” as you say, for this. IF there HAD been then the USA would NOT have had to come in and protect YOUR “brotherhood” from this reigning terrorist of his own people. Muslims DID NOT take care of the “NUTS” and for MANY years YOUR “brotherhood” suffered at his hands “no IF ANDS or BUTS”.

        I AM A CHRISTIAN AND A US citizen and I am so proud of my heritage. There is NO OTHER country that so many people try to get into more than the USA. That is BECAUSE it is the most humane country and people upon the face of the earth. I give credit to people like those muslims that were listed above that one the Nobel Peace Prize but this “brotherhood” concept that you hold on to and yet you do not live, by THEIR accomplishments and writings (which they won the Nobel PEACE prize for)they show they do not agree with this racist point of view that you are promoting. I AM a CHRISTIAN but I do not stand with people who SAY they are Christians and yet do NOT live the Christian life by the truths and principles that Jesus Christ taught. There are many “wolves in sheeps clothing” in the world today but Jesus taught us that we can KNOW THEM by their “fruits”. Just because a person says thay are Christian does not make them so. A true Christian will follow the teachings of Christ. I would go one step further to say (but I can only speak from assumption)… by what I hear everyone saying about the “teachings” of Islam (and I am no expert on Islam) BUT “IF” what I hear is true .. that Islam is a peaceful religion than I would say that many who SAY they are “MUSLIM” are NOT REALLY because they DO NOT follow the peace of Islam and I am NOT talking about just the radical terrorists, I am talking about regular people as yourself who THINK they are following Islam by this so called “brotherhood” when they do not in fact protect their “brothers or sisters” from such atrocities that they go through all them time all over the world TODAY in the so called “peaceful” religion of Islam.

        Before you protest I would also, like to say that I do not believe the USA is a Christian country. I believe at one time we may have (as a nation) been built upon Christian principles but not any more. Acceptance of abortion, homosexuality, immorality, and many other sinful practises is NOT Christianity in ANY sense of the word!! Individual Christianity does still exist in our country, as it does all over the world. As a country though, because it was originally based upon Christian principles we are still the best country to live in for individual freedom and prosperity. Those freedoms are being threatened today and ironically it is by those who would force Islam upon us as a people and try to take away that freedom. I understand that because you have NEVER known the freedom and liberty and peace that I talk of that you cannot understand it and therefore you talk against it but it is a good thing and I only hope and pray that one day YOU will be able to experience it. It is not something that is FORCED upon you but it is something that you HAVE to fight FOR not the false “brotherhood” you speak of but the true “brotherhood” of humanity that Jesus Christ died to attain for ALL not just a few. It is a choice that one makes in their heart not something that is forced upon them or brainwashed into them. I will pray for you that YOU will be better informed. That you in your heart will ask Christ to show you this true peace for He ALONE can give it to you. He loved you enough to die for you, to take YOUR place so that you do not have to die for yourself. When one accepts the death of Christ on the cross as their OWN death than God requires nothing else, except that you also BELIEVE that He was raised to life again for YOUR justification. In other words, when Christ was raised again from the dead by God it was God’s “stamp of approval” that He accepted the sacrifice of Jesus on behalf of ALL mankind. It is extended to all those who will believe this. ALL… regardless of race, or color, or class, or intelligence, or anything. God accepts all those who accept the sacrifice of Christ on their behalf… period. It is a FREE gift from a GOOD Creator and God.

  24. bernie says:

    Ike, what is my Zionist agenda? To point out that it is the Quran itself that is holding back Muslims? I write that if Muslims would reform Islam, then they would be able to achieve greatness equal to any other peoples on this planet. How is that bashing Muslims? I give suggestions on how Muslims can better their lives and you call me a sadist.

    Christians were uncivilized once but they reformed their religion. Jews were uncivilized once but they learned to ignore the barbarities in the Old Testament. You will not see anyone stoned to death in Israel for not observing the Sabbath. Modern Israel has chosen to abolish the death penalty (except for genocide) for petty crimes and blasphemies. Modern Islamic nations still carry out Shariah laws from the 7th century.

    I urge Muslims to do what Jews and Christians have done: become civilized. That is not Muslim-bashing. When I tell my son to follow in the footsteps of successful people I am not bashing my son. When good advice is given, an educated person does not lash out with epithets.

    • S. Abdullah says:

      you wrote “I write that if Muslims would reform Islam, then they would be able to achieve greatness equal to any other peoples on this planet.” My question to you is REFORM ISLAM TO WAHT? Have you come up with a plan? Can you post it in this forum? Dont just go with the flow. Someone came up with a suggestion and you go around parroting it. See there has been talk about changing the quran and hadith (naujubillah!). Let say some people do it. Then which version or publication does represent ISLAM? Christians go around shopping bible according to publication house and authors (jesus must be turning in his grave). So my point is all it takes is NOT TO REFORM IT but INTERPRET IT DIFFERENTLY. This is what muslims are doing right now. Dont just complain. Also, muslims have been CIVILIZED and HAVE CIVILIZED people around the globe, from doorstep of FRANCE to Indonesia. WE were (are) civilized when your white skin forefathers were painting blue on face and dancing around bonfire singing baam chika waao waaao…just do a research on history of BAGHDAAD and Damascus, Cairo, Andalucia, New Delhi etc. Compare them up untill 17th century Europe (London, Paris etc) SEE FOR YOURSELF WHO ARE CIVILIZED! I am fedup with using/abusing of world “CIVILIZED” by ignorant morons. Muslims Still own THREE earliest cradle of civilizations. Namely MESOPTAMIA (IRAQ), Egypt, and Mahenjedaro (indus valley Pakistan)…now go ahead and sing baam chika wao war around Stonehenge in England. Hilariously they still do. Just a few days ago they did it. lolzzzz

      • fatima says:

        may Allah bless u,

      • My forefathers existed before their was an Ishmail, so there was no Boom Chicka wah wah. As for your examples of Iraq, Egypt, etc. You obviously do not know that tens if not hundreds of millions of poor souls died during the Muslim conquests of their countries.

        I suppose you were taught that when people saw the beauty of Islam they instantly converted? That’s even more hilarious than people dancing around stonehenge.

      • bernie says:

        And I forgot to reply to your silly notion that Islam civilized people from France to Indonesia, unless by civilized you mean subjugated or did you forget:

        The conquest of Persia and Iraq: 633–651
        Byzantine–Arab Wars: 634–750
        The conquest of Syria: 637
        The conquest of Armenia: 639
        The conquest of Egypt: 639
        The conquest of North Africa: 652
        The conquest of Cyprus: 654
        The conquest of Afghanistan: 642–870
        The conquest of Transoxiana: 662–709
        The conquest of Sindh: 664–712
        The conquest of North Africa: 665
        The first Arab siege of Constantinople: 674–678
        The conquest of Nubia: 700–1606
        The second Arab siege of Constantinople: 717–718
        The conquest of Hispania: 711–718
        The conquest of the Caucasus: 711–750
        The conquest of Georgia: 736
        The conquest of Crete: 820
        The conquest of southern Italy: 827
        The conquest of Anatolia: 1060–1360
        The conquest in the Indian subcontinent: 12th century and onwards
        The conquests in Sub-Saharan Africa: 1200–1800
        Byzantine-Ottoman Wars: 1299–1453
        The Siege of Vienna in 1529
        Battle of Vienna in 1683

        and more.

    • Amira says:

      God! Reading these postings depresses the hell out of me. And to think we thought the Nazis were asinine supremacists. Who cares who won more prizes? Who cares about past conquests or victories or wrongs? Who cares about keeping score? That is the door to the Land of Stupid. I hope you all enjoy the trip! How about a little reality check? What is happening NOW is what counts and right now the Jews, the Christians and the Muslims (and yes, others, too) are ALL engaged in self-righteously killing innocent people. I don’t care if they ALL think THEIR God would approve. Just STOP! I’m not asking anyone to change their religion! I’m not asking anyone to apologize for the actions of people they have never even met! I’m just asking YOU whoever YOU are to STOP! Stop thinking WE are better than THEM! Stop thinking WE are RIGHT and THEY are WRONG! Stop thinking We are GOOD and THEY are EVIL! Stop being the racist, self-deluding, self-righteous fools you seem to be (I’m not just talking to bernie here people)!!!

      Last time I checked people in every country, of every race and of every religion are EQUALLY stupid, petty, murderous, kind, peaceful and intelligent. No one has the market cornered on GOOD or BAD. So GIVE IT A REST! Talk about the State of Delusion!!! Good Grief!

      OH and PS Bernie, YOU came to a MUSLIM blog and started making insinuations and slinging insults. Maybe you should think about that. Why did you come here? Why seek out Muslims to insult? Why the hatred? Go to your local Mosque and meet a Muslim before you decide you know them and are fit to judge them. I’m pretty sure your religion frowns on racism and groundless hatred!

      OH and PPS My mother’s friend moved to Israel because she wanted to live in the Jewish homeland and had her car stoned (and thoroughly damaged) for driving on the Sabbath, she ended up moving back to the States because she was AFRAID of the Jews! And I got threatened and then followed onto a bus by a nice Christian guy who didn’t like my scarf and thought he should make me take it off. AND I got spit at by a nice Atheist college student who was sure I was in on “it”. So, please, save the civilized speech for someone who lives in a box and doesn’t know any better.

      • Nos Lapre says:

        Amera, how many Jews have ever hi-jacked planes, destroyed the Twin Towers, blown up the London Under-ground and buses and trains in Madrid and commit suicide-missions against innocent people? The Koran is the only book, that teaches its followers, that women are second rate and should be covered up from head to toe, because they distract the males from doing their holy duties. I myself do not belief in creation, but I do not mind that people believe in something, but they do not have the right to force their ideas onto others, especialy with death-threats against the “infidels”. We live in the 21st century and people should have learned to become more tolerant of each other and not blow each other up, like they still do in the Middle East.
        Forget what has happened in the past and try to contribute more to the well-being of our world. Too many Muslims, who have been given a second chance in life after they begged to be accepted as refugees in the Western countries, have now turned aggressive and openly have told their host-countries, that very soon they will become part of the Muslim Khalifat! And that is hypocrisy, because instead of showing their gratitude to their saviours, they turn around and demand that Sharia laws should be introduced. What would have happened to Westerners, if they settled in the Middle Eastern countries and demanded their own laws and religions? They would have been stoned to death or beheaded, for sure!
        Israel has the fullest right to call their land theirs, because it was Israel for the last 3 thousand years and long before the Arab countries (Syria and Jordan) occuped them in the 8th century. All the Arab countries have regained their independence after W.W.2 and they should therefore realise that the Jews have the same right of self-government. The Middle Eastern countries have forced the millions of ex-colonials, like the French, Spanish, Portuguese, Italians, Brits etc.,who also had generations born there, out of their countries since the 1950’s, but the Arab Palestinians, think, that they have more rights than the Jews and Arafat before and Hamas now, still want to drive all the Jews in the Mediterranean Sea! That is pure hypocrisy! And why can’t the Arabs look after their own affairs, instead of flooding the West and cause all the trouble? If some of you still believe, that your religion and races have once lead the world in bringing civilisation to all humans, don’t you think, that you could show that to us now too, instead of causing mayhem?

  25. Nasir Ali Afsar says:

    Dear BZ,

    Its a nice effort by you to post the muslim nobel laureates’ little info. Please make one correction: Prof. Abdus Salam was not a muslim but Qadyani. I have no ill feeling as it is his choice, but please write it down as Pakstani Qadyani.

    While you admire the nobel laureates for their work, one should not forget about the great controversies reflecting a possible bias in the mindset of awarding agency. Examples are: Yasser Arafat and Arial Sharon for Peace! Author writing about Armenian tragedy but none for writing down muslim tragedy across the world! One should show both sides of the coins, please.

    Please tell us something about your work with a nobel laureate in chemistry.


  26. Josef says:

    I hope that one day I will win a Nobel Prize. I am a scientist, and working in Germany for many years in medical research of epilepsy, dystonia, Alzheimer disease, and Neiman-Pick Disease type C. Yea, out of 1.5 billions muslisms only few Nobel Prize Winners. I am a Jew, and how many Nobel Prize won by Jews?

    At least 178 Jews and persons of half-Jewish ancestry have been awarded the Nobel Prize,1 accounting for 23% of all individual recipients worldwide between 1901 and 2008, and constituting 37% of all US recipients2 during the same period. In the scientific research fields of Chemistry, Economics, Medicine, and Physics, the corresponding world and US percentages are 27% and 40%, respectively. (Jews currently make up approximately 0.25% of the world’s population and 2% of the US population.)

    Chemistry (30 prize winners, 20% of world total, 28% of US total)
    Economics (26 prize winners, 42% of world total, 56% of US total)
    Literature (13 prize winners, 12% of world total, 27% of US total)
    Peace (9 prize winners, 9% of world total, 10% of US total)

    Physics (47 prize winners, 26% of world total, 37% of US total)
    Physiology or Medicine (53 prize winners, 28% of world total, 41% of US total)

  27. Josef says:

    this is the information about the jews who won a nobel prize.

  28. knotty wood says:

    Hmmm…it’s quite a disparity…13 million Jews awarded so many Nobel prizes. 100 times as many Muslims (1.3 billion) awarded so few. Seems clear to me that 1 group is trying to make the world a better place…the other is trying to tear it apart. Muslims should stop complaining…and start working.

    • S. Abdullah says:

      you did not use you head? did u? why jews got so many not muslims? why they are all from wester world? why they are mostly from rich countries? why not jews, hindus, buddists from non western world? Did you think about those questions in a non miopic/non prejudicical way. All you did is someone fed you some statistics with spoon and u gobbled it. God why morosn are EVEN BORN in this world. Waste of neurons and more preciously, the oxygen of this world.

    • S. Abdullah says:

      Then I must say CHRISTIANS are also doing poorly COMPARING to JEWS. After all, they are the number ONE population in term of numbers in the world. Your last name is “Woods” Most likely you are a christian. So can I conclude you as a individual accept jewish superiority over christianity? Most likely YOU DO?

  29. Az says:

    very true is interesting to note that the particular group is also terrorizing the world by killing people in the Palestine despite their small (almost insignificant) percentage. Furthermore, if you trace back their history, they have also murdered their own leaders and prophets beside going against God for many is not a surprise to me though after reading some of the comments made by them which clearly shows their arrogance (quote from bernie “we can slam our president and openly blasphamize our God”). wow ;p~

    • ann says:

      Az, Muslims have killed hundreds of thousands of times the number of Muslims killed by Jews. Where is your outrage over that? The massacre of Muslims by Muslims is the most hidden Holocaust in history.

      Assad has killed nearly as many of his own citizens in the past few months (2011) as Israel has since it’s founding – even when it’s Israel fighting a defensive war. The distortion of how Muslims portray Israel is one of the biggest barriers to peace.

  30. Sp!t says:

    Yeah, this is very helpful. Can’t believe only 3 Muslims ever won that Nobel.

  31. Kaiser says:

    Well I am amazed that you are so concerned about muslims recieving Nobel prizes. Well get the facts straight, First of all these nobel prize is western origin and you expect the western people especially jews/christians to do the justice? You know it very well that bulk of west doesn’t even high light the great Islamic scholars, scientists etc today and if they do have to take there names they call them through their latin names like Avecinia, Avverocee, etc So I totally reject this thought that we should look for west and expect awards from them. Nah.. verily these people are not amongst us and May Allah guide them.

    • Nos Lapre says:

      Kaiser, Jews have contributed enormously towards the well-being of humanity. In medicine, science, literature, physics and a host of other areas, that helped us to become a more prosperous society and aided in combating poverty and famine. They do not war among themselves and create more famine, or hardship, like in the Middle East and Afghanistan for expample. The Middle East would have still been a dusty and poor area, if the Western countries had not opened it up by exploring/drilling and creating the fossil fuel industry’s infrastructure and made many of your countries wealthy. Just look at the facts in the movie: “Lawrence of Arabia”, where so many places were just fly-blown cities and villages. The Jews invented drip-irrigation, that allowed much of the deserts to become fertile and also benefitted the Arab countries. What have your races invented in the 19th, 20th and 21th centuries?
      Just be grateful, that you do not live like your fore-fathers did and are able to use the Internet, which is a Western invention.

  32. PeaceAdvocate says:

    Please read this article:

    And let me know what you think.

  33. floor jacks says:

    I have to say, that I could not agree with you in 100%, but that’s just my IMHO, which could be wrong.
    p.s. You have a very good template for your blog. Where did you find it?

  34. stanley sandler says:


    But how many Muslims have won Nobels in science for their work done IN a Muslim country? Zero, I believe.

    • S. Abdullah says:

      Dear sir, I can ask you the same question. How many christians got nobel prize in a non western non christian country. Same for Hindus, Buddists etc. By the way for your informations the number of Christians living in INDIA is more than that of canada and australia combined. Spare a minute for thought!

  35. Jean says:

    Congratulations to Barak Obama, one of the very few muslims that actually won this prestigious prize. Hope you will justify it, brother!

  36. Ayesha says:

    Many new innovations like suicide bomber belts, beating women with sticks, beheading and stoning are muslim. The Nobel categories just don’t fit us so screw them. Allahu Akbar

  37. Mufa Khathat says:

    2 men from musllim countries have received nobel prices in science. Let’s hear them talk for themselves:

    Pacistani Abdus Salam says in 1994, Renaissance of sciences in Islamic countries:
    “[..]my own self-respect suffers a shattering hurt whenever I enter a hospital and reflect that almost every potent life-saving medicament of today, from pencillin upwards, has been created without our share of input from any of us from the Muslim world.”

    Egyptian Ahmed Hassan Zewail says in 2006, The Independent: We Arabs must wage a new form of jihad:
    “We Arabs can accomplish the transition to the world of the 21st century, but the people and leaders must embark on a new course. Incremental changes — so-called gradual reforms — are inappropriate for a system that has been ineffective for decades.”

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  40. Omer says:

    First of all Jihad means to fight armies. And yes against terrorists who bomb innocent civilians we do protest. Because they are even killing our children and relatives. But as far as Jihad is concerned, you people want muslims of Palestine , Iraq and Afghanistan and the future victims of America’s and Israel’s brutality, should just wait and get your punches with no reaction. No sir we are not going to follow bible which says present your next cheek when you are slapped. We will follow Quran which says life for a life.

    As far as reformation is concerned. It is not Islam which is wrong. What the problem is that our scholars have failed to precept it according to modern times. We are not following Quran that is why we are way behind and it is not the vice versa like you say so. So we need correct modern perception in order to become a great civilization once again.

    As far as only three muslims in 1.6 billion of population is concerned. No one is boasting this thing. But the purpose of this article is that we, must learn from it that we can do it. We as muslims can also once again rise in knowledge and science the same way as we once did in the past.

    Again coming to the Jihad topic, it would be my last statement. Iran is building a nuclear bomb so that she can’t become another Iraq or Afghanistan. We support it and we believe every muslim nation should build it in order to have some detterent to protect itself from bullying powers.

  41. Q.Z. says:

    Bilal Zuberi!! i read these comments from “Nasir ali afsar”, any one please teach him definition of a Muslim. how sick are these people carrying 9 LBS(if they do) of head, and likes of him, all they do is just hate. a true muslim scientist Dr. abdul salam, who says : he got this idea of weak forces from Quran is a none muslim, and all these haters who have done nothing for islam or science are real muslims, How FUNNY, ..Anyway Quran says, how an unknowing person be equal to the one who knows. trust me if a scientist does some outstanding job it is considered regardless of his religious beliefs, so rewarding a christian , a jew , a hindu etc is on merit. i am a student of a great professor who made recomedations for nobel prize. but how pethatic it is , a qadiyani is a none muslim in pakistan , then he fly out and he becomes a muslim, he fly back to pakistan and he becomes Qadyani or none muslim again….funny things happen in pakistan.

  42. S. Abdullah says:

    THE reason why so many JEWS were awarded nobel prize is that they were (are) living in the WESTERN world – which is politically, economically and socially liberated. It gave the jews the perfect environment to carry out pioneering research and innovation. NOT BECAUSE OF THEY ARE JEWS. Muslim world started to get liberated from colonization merely 80-70 years ago. Whereas they are still getting liberated economically. To pioneer on research and technology you need very good economical and political stability. This is one reason why muslims did so well in those fields in medieval times. How many jews got nobel prize from non-western world – few if any. Now think about this question – How many buddists got nobel prize out of 2 billion? How many hindus got it out of 1 billion? Use your heads morons. This is the only way to reduce problems in this world. Ignorance and prejudice are very costly, not every one can afford it.

    • Occam's Tool says:

      Dear Mr. Abdullah—Jews have won more Nobels thatn the Brits and the Germans and the French—ultimate Westerners with greater populations. It is not innate genius, but culture. Study the culture and you shall learn much.

  43. Haji Abdul Majid Butt says:

    Muslim mind is coming up now to think idependantly addressing rationalism & plurality of thought on all subjects concerning humanity.Fundamentalism & rabid communalism have to be done away.Grey matter is not the property associated with any religion.
    Despite our limitations we have to continue seek knowledge(even if going to China) & dissipiate the same unmindful to which religion or community it blesses most as we are all acountable before Rubul Aalameen

  44. Eva Sandblad says:

    The muslim culture and existence is based on no-knowledge. The more years of education the fewer children. West does not understand this, so far.
    West is dying out. Muslim world is not. Their leadres have a long term appraoch but it is utterly hindering women in their education. So, that Talibans bomb girls schools will not create any Noble prize winners but will ensure the amount of children ( soldiers)
    Muslim mathematical inovations were made by 25% jews 25% greek 25% babylonian persons oly 25 were real arabs. Eva

  45. Pro Libertate says:

    Dire conditions lead to suicide bombing? How many times do we have to hear the same lies?

    The latest one was a NIGERIAN from an EXTREMELY WEALTHY FAMILY whose father was a MINISTER. He didn’t live in “dire” conditions.

    The Palestinians wouldn’t either, if they had stopped their moronic terrorism. Their living conditions are a RESULT of their OWN ACTIONS.

    The didn’t want an independent country, they would have been quite happy to be invaded by Egypt, Syria and Jordan, they just didn’t want an Israeli state. They actually left the country so that those countries could ATTACK Israel.

    So from the beginning, their aim was not their own well-being, but the destruction of Israel.

    Israel, meanwhile, is one the most modern countries which gives full rights to their 15% Arabic population. They hold 15% of the seats in parliament, they have Arabic supreme court members etc.

    The even allowed gays from Muslim countries to hold their gay pride demonstration in Israel.

    On the other hand, if a Jewish person has the misfortune to get anywhere close to a Palestinian territory, they’ll do their best to capture or kill him immediately. Even just supporting peace with Israel means that Palestinians will be brutally murdered.

    Far more Palestinians have been killed by other Palestinians than by Israeli.

    Maybe it would be time for a little introspection: as long as the only thing Palestinians learn all day long is hatred and all they want is to destroy Israel – even at the cost of their own destruction – why should anyone feel sorry for them?

  46. Steve says:

    During the Iraq-Iran war, millions of Muslims died. Where was the outrage from Muslim countries about that? Is is allowed that Muslims can kill other Muslims but non-Muslims cannot? Can anyone on this blog come up with a suggestion that will allow peoples of the world to stop killing off each other? That person can earn the Nobel prize, no matter what his or her background is.

  47. itay from israel says:

    this is a very intense disscution but civilized, not a lot of placed hold high standers for this kind of disscations.
    in refrence to what bernie said i do believe there are some majore issues with the muslim world , and they all come from bad govements.
    the muslims who do live in western countrys are showing i think what bernie calls reform..but that’s becuse of the liberal atmospher in this countrys. i do hope this atmosphere and liberal minds become more common and spread to the arab countrys.
    but whether jewish, muslim, cristian israeli, syrian or american we all need to contribute to the world we live in and make it a better world.

  48. Steve says:

    I have read “arguments” from both sides. Enough arguing. We are all aware of what divides us. How about some thoughts that will work toward bringing people of different beliefs together? Is it possible? Or do we continue destroying each other?

  49. kash says:

    if you guys are talking about reform, we need a reform in islamic governments, not the holy books of islam, we need a reform in preislamic cultures that still exist and are not a part of the faith. WE DO NOT WANT A NEW TESTAMENT FOR THE FINAL WORD OF GOD. PERIOD. There are many quotes in the holy book that are misinterpreted by western personals (geert wilders)and by islamic scholars. this is the word of GOD we are talking about, it is not easy to interpret.
    coming to the nobel prize issue. I agree muslims in this century have been behind in scientific achievements, but just look at the other side will you? Most jewish people live in the most industrialized nations with extreme wealth and research opportunites (US has the largest jewish population), they lived in rich europe before hitlers nazi regime. No men of colour were given the opporutnity to enter commonwealth nations like australia, uk and canada. although these countries ripped off most of the islamic countries during their imperialistic regimes and stole most of their revenues. there is no plenty money in the muslim world (except for UAE and saudi arabia. remember mroe than 2/3 of muslims are nonarabs. if you are talking about saudi arabia oil money, then yes the government is building world class universities since it has realized the importance of education because the quran encourages men/women to seek out knowledge. I hope soon there will be reforn in the society of saudi arabia of some of the preislamic cultures they still inherit.
    when every muslim understands the true word of GOD and thereby gets an education instead of bombing streets will the islamic world shine like we had in the previous centuries. (just giving you a little history, baghdad in the previous centuries was a melting pot of cultures and had immense knowledge of scientific disciples and inventions, look at it now!)

  50. robert says:

    Compare the number of Muslim winners of Nobel Prizes to the number of Jews that have won. Ask then which people have given the most to the world.

  51. Steve says:

    yes, Robert, the Jews win that contest. But how does that translate into learning how to co-exist together?

    • Occam's Tool says:

      See my earlier comment. If the Israelis put down their weapons, what would happen? If the Palestinians stopped their bombings tomorrow, what would happen?

      Why the hell wouldn’t you want more Muslim students studying under Israeli Nobelists and training them how to think?

  52. Bilal Zuberi says:

    Here is another great article on this topic written by a good friend, Saleem Ali. Saleem is also an MIT Ph.D. alum, and now teaching at the University of Vermont.

  53. Steve says:

    Bilal Zuberi, excellent article. It would indeed be enjoyable to see Muslims and Jews receiving Nobel prizes for discoveries that were made by working together. Both Muslim and Jewish leaders have been able to do this in the past. So it is possible. One can only hope.

  54. Things like this are incredibly disturbing to me and should be to everyone.

  55. A. K. Biswas says:

    I was looking for information on Nobel Prize winners community-wise. Bilal Zuberi’s musings have helped me satisfy my inquisitiveness on Muslim Nobel leaureates. I am thankful to him.
    Though followers of Islam worldover aggregate a huge army, their achievement, in comparison, is very limited. If men of scholarship and knowledge had left indelible imprints on human civilization before the Nobel Prizes were instituted, its all the more necessary that the succeeding generations kept the flag flying high. This has not happened. Recepients of six prizes speaks it all.

    The Muslims with rich past should have devoted themselvs without discrimination between sexes to regain its old flame of glory. War, terrorism, orthodoxy, etc. have, regrettably, become synomyn for Islam. This cannot be cited as reasons by a proud people falling behind in the race of mankind. There must be uprightness among them to deviate from the course Islamic world seems to have charted for its followers.

    In contrast, the Jews, fewer in strength in comparison, have achieved 169 Nobel Prizes since inception till 2008 out of some 750 awards presented by the Swedish Nobel Foundation so far. They are a miniscule minority. They have passed through untold sufferings, carnages, genecides and persecutions through the ages. Nevertheless they have been the leading lights in world of knowledge and scholarship. The Muslims will not like this comparison but the inevitability cannot be brashed aside much longer.

  56. Fazli Halim says:

    The real question is why muslims want to be a nobel prize winner. We have our own standards. We have our own prize. Think about it.

    • Occam's Tool says:

      Because it is a Genius award. Were not your two hard science Nobelists geniuses? What standard of scientific investigation do you think is more rigorous than the standard held by the Nobel Prize in the hard sciences?

      The world records for athletic achievement are set at the Olympics and World Championships. Their equivalent intellectually are the Nobels. How hard is it to win the Nobel in medicine? Curing Polio won’t do it for you, that’s how hard it is. You have standards harder than that?

  57. Moses, the uncle of Jesus according to the Qur'an says:

    Israel is not a rich Western country, and its resources (natural, not human) are far less than those of Arab oil states, but iy has produced more Nobel-prize winners in its 60 years than the entire Arab world combined. And abou Jews being rich, the last Israeli Noel-prize recepieny in chemistry, Prof. Adah Yonath, has come from a very poor family, and had to work as a floor-washer in her student days. What Arab woman (with a hijab or without) can ever become a Nobel-prize winner under the circumstances of her Arab upbringing?

  58. Arshad says:

    Wake mup muslims, don’t react,kuran itself is 1oo% true and modern confirming truth and science. Work ,work ,only work .nobel prize is not an indicator of brilliancy. 6th to.15th century was a nice period,much discoveries happend in every aspect. Real muslim loves every human, every one has mind .any one can do good. Real muslim will win .

  59. almiller says:

    Yes Muslim birthrates are very high. Jewish and Christian birthrates are very low. It is time to start studying Muslims so that someday you can have medicine, oil, transportation, communications, defense and infrastructure. This was never provided in Muslim culture and you enjoy it today because of western culture. Don’t pat yourself on the back because one muslim wins a Nobel prize. There is no future for any of us, Muslim or non-Muslim if the majority of legitimate prizewinners are not Muslim. If that doesn’t work then quit being Muslim and become Jews. If that is unacceptable then leave the jews alone so you can have those things.

  60. Greg says:

    It is July 2010 and I have been living in Costa Rica now for 1 year, new language, new culture and a new political system. I came for peace. In the last year I have been robbed at least 30 times at my place of business, there are no police here that will do anything and the system is very corrupt. Drugs are rampant. It is quite different than I imagined.
    I live on a mountain that overlooks the town and the pacific ocean and is quite beautiful and I am blessed that I can live here. Costa Rica is a beautiful country. But it all seems peaceful from the mountain, but in town ( this is a very small town)it is brother against brother and there is no unity and only a few jobs. Most thefts are for food and electronics from the tourists.
    Most people want peace and to raise their families and have food on the table, praise God if this is possible and also if it is not. Anyone with a high school education knows history and I see there have been great achievments by all people and also great death and destruction by all people. We are just better at killing each other now than 500 years ago. When will it stop? We can all talk about how we are all superior and give awards to those we feel most deverving, but we are all the same. Let’s grow up into what God or Allah wants us to be as a people and have peace and know what it is to be human. When will this happen? We choose!

  61. Greg says:

    It is July 2010 and I have been living in Costa Rica now for 1 year, new language, new culture and a new political system. I came for peace. In the last year I have been robbed at least 30 times at my place of business, there are no police here that will do anything and the system is very corrupt. Drugs are rampant. It is quite different than I imagined.
    I live on a mountain that overlooks the town and the pacific ocean and is quite beautiful and I am blessed that I can live here. Costa Rica is a beautiful country. But it all seems peaceful from the mountain, but in town ( this is a very small town)it is brother against brother and there is no unity and only a few jobs. Most thefts are for food and electronics from the tourists.
    Most people want peace and to raise their families and have food on the table, praise God if this is possible and also if it is not. Anyone with a high school education knows history and I see there have been great achievments by all people and also great death and destruction by all people. We are just better at killing each other now than 500 years ago. When will it stop? We can all talk about how we are all superior and give awards to those we feel most deserving, but we are all the same. Let’s grow up into what God or Allah wants us to be as a people and have peace and know what it is to be human. When will this happen? We choose!

  62. pinkshlamazel says:

    It is a great question why there are relatively few Muslim Nobel Prize winners. To look back at the Golden Age of Islam is comforting, but the reality is that the golden age was a triumph of rationalism and scientific and philosophic inquiry over the dogmatism of religion encouraged. It was supported by many of the intellectually curious Caliphs of Abbasid, not clerics or mullahs. Many persons of different religions contributed to the era, many of the greats like Al-Razi, Al-Maarri, Khayyam, were fiercly anti-prophet and anti-religion. Although it was a Muslim dominant culture, the Islamic religion had little to offer scientific thought other than obstruction. Not one scientific development came from the Quaran or Hadiths. The great Dr. Salam, was a Co-winner with Weinberger (athiest) and Glashow(?). Before winning the prize Salam was declared Kafir by the mullahs of pakistan. Only after his recognition was he suddenly “muslim”. As long as muslim cultures promote the Madras over an education and the Quaran over creative thinking, this sad state of affairs shall continue. My friend, muslims are no more or less intelligent or capable of scientific discovery than any other group. The loss of the golden age, is the same as the loss of the current day. When the mullahs and the religionists dominate the environment, the dark clouds of cultural degeneration roll in.

  63. Rajiv says:

    What a shame….1.5 Bn Muslims and only 3 Noble prize winners. Even the Indian Hinus have done better than you people with all their poverty and backwardness. You people who have all the world’s oil ad wealth couldn’t produce enough scientists.
    Shame Shame Shame

    I know my comment will be deleted

    • syed zamzam says:

      Rajiv, your comment is true. I am Muslim, born in the USA, but parents from India.

      Muslims might own the world’s resources, but they are run by criminal gangs of dictators such as the SAud family. These were placed there by Western governments to serve their economic purpose.

      furthermore, the light of knowledge has been the teachings of family of Prophet Muhammad (pbuh). That light was always put out because all 12 Imams from the PRophet’s family were murdered by Muslim kings. Muhammad said, “I am the city of knowledge and Ali is the gate”. Have you read the story of Karbala ?

      Despite that Muslims have produced great scholarship such as Avicenna and the inventor of the Astrolable which enabled the Europeans to sail the world .

      No doubt, Hindus have produced so much science and knowledge, I dont think Europe or American can compare to the genius of India. So the question that arises is, why is India such a poverty, disease-ridden, dirty, corrupt place ?

      Earning a NObel Prize is not a big deal. It is applying knowledge to better one’s condition that is the real test. How come the brains of India, which are superior to West, cannot make India a paradise on Earth?

      • John Kuruvilla says:

        Which only goes to show how much the world needs Christ’s teachings. Truly, Hindus and Muslims are accursed and stunted with hatred of each other. Only Christ’s teachings can lead to progress and prosperity.

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    I posted your blog to my facebook group

  65. M A Janjua says:

    Well, yes it is a shame that 1.6 Bn and just a few scientists, or one should say just a few in the post industrial world, remember the modern science got where it is on the shoulders of the Muslims from 600s to 1600s – in other worlds Muslims advanced man’s knowledge for about 1000 years almost exculsively. I am relating this not to live in the past but to have all os us Muslims pause and think what is keeping us backward today – once Muslims were the bearers of the light, the way to a free mindset – when others were mired in casts, class, race, Islam proclaimed no one is better than the other based on race or tribe but only due to conduct and character. Quran frees man from all kinds of bondage but only if you read it the way Allah asks us to — read, think, reflect, meditate, read again – think and reflect and apply the lesson to your life — this mode of reading the Holy Qur’an is like diving into an ocean of knowlege – everyone come back with perals in hand. Look around how many people you know (including yourself) who has read the Holy Quran from begining to end – with understanding, reflection, deliberation. Those of us whose mother tounge is not Arabio — read multiple translations — then try to focus on the Arabic most Pakistanis, Indians, Persians, Bengalis, Turks and perhaps 75% others can actually learn Quranic arabic quickly as the Quranic words have become part of most Muslim languages. Please visit me2020.0org (Muslims Empowerment by 2020) — our objective is that by 2020 at least 25% of all social & physical scientists, scholars, and artists are Muslims, inshallah. We can do it because our forefathers did it in 600s and kept it going for almost 1000 years — we know the formula just need to apply it. will inspire, motivate, guide, provoke Muslims in that direction, inshallah. Please spread the word — if you do not like what is going on with Muslim Ummah — we need to make an effort to bering about a change —– Allah does not change condition of a people until they change themselves!

    Peace & Blessing – oh Dr. Abdus Salam was a devoted Muslim and a patriotic Pakistani — it is sad that the likes of our politicians and the corrupt Mullahs are regarded as Muslims (who lie, cheat, practice deciet, steal – keep thier monies, assets houses, families in Europe & USA and yet they are accepted).

  66. Sonnie SIngh says:

    All Prizes about Peace Work dont require much Brain Work and Diligence.

    It is the Nobel Prizes in Science like Physics/Chem/Bio etc. etc. that take lots of Effort and Dedication from Childhood itself. You have to excel in Studies and everywhere and work 12-14 Hours a Days to achieve a Nobel Prize in Some Science Subject ? Correct or No ?

    But Since Muslims are Lazy and always worried about Allah and Non-Believers wit 5 Times Prayers they obviously dont have enough Time for Hard Work. Hence only one NOBEL in Chemistry and that too is American Migrant.

    Personally I am from Punjab India and see where Indian Punjab (divided into Himachal,Haryana and Punjab) is today and where Musalli Pakistani Punjab is today ! Our Agricultural productivity is more than Double and in every Sphere we outclass you ! Musalli Lazy fucked up Qaum

  67. Rich says:

    @Bilal Zuberi “Muslims, unfortunately, have not been recipients of many Nobel prizes. Is it because our greatest academic achievements were made before Alfred Nobel decided to donate his money for the international awards? Ibn Khaldoum, Al-Khwarizmi, Ibn-Sina, Al-Biruni etc are all ancient names..”

    Al-Khwarizmi was probably a Zoroastrian and Al-Biruni very liberal in his religious beliefs who wrote very highly of Hinduism.

    The reasons for the Muslim world being relatively more advanced than the western world between the 7th and 13th centuries, was because it cannibalised the civilisations of the Byzantine Empire, Egypt, Greece, Persia and India through violent conquest, and not anything due to their religion.

    After this period, when their conquests declined, so did their science.

    The failure of a population of 1.5 billion to academic excellence must have a connection to the ideology of Islam itself, which discourages knowledge outside of itself and the education of women. You can see the proof of this in your own mushrooming madrassas and attacks on secular schooling.

    Like a destructive virus, Islam protects and perpetuates itself through intimidation and violence against free thought and study or anything that would question Islam itself.

    Hopefully one day Islam and all other religious and violent and intolerant ideologies will discarded by humans for the fairy tales they are and hate and division they spread among humans, and all humankind in all the world will be united in rationalism and peace.

  68. Liberty says:

    @ Rich
    I agree with you but of late Muslims have descended into another level of ignorance and have started arguing about the Islamic science supposedly coming from the Quran.

    But in truth the rapid expansion of the
    Islamic empire brought various kafir people under the Islamic state and brought muslims in touch with highly advance & ancient civilizations of China and India( India would be ravaged later on by Islamic invasions).

    Then began the fusion of knowledge of the ancients which gave birth to the brief and only one Islamic golden age of scientific advances.The source of Islamic science is not Quran but the works of kafirs,pagans and idoltors of India, Greece,China etc,

    Most of the Muslim scientist of middle ages were agnostic or atheists like Al-Razi who called Quran as an absurd mix of fables and inconsistencies. Anyways, What exactly is this “Islamic science???” Do we call science coming from Japanese people “Buddhist Science?” or Nazis invented rockets and made huge progresses in other fields as well but do we call it “Nazi science?”

    Science is science there is no “Islamic/Muslims science” unless this is understood there is no hope..

  69. Dennis Dey says:

    Bilal: As to the fanciful ideas in Pakistan about the plight of Muslims in India, let me remind you that when Bangladesh broke away, India had a Zoroastrian Field Marshal (Manekshaw), a Sikh GOC Eastern Front (JS Arora), a Muslim Air Marshal (Idris Hassan Latif) and a Jewish GOC Western Command (General JFR Jacobs). The present Prime Minister of India is a Sikh (Manmohan Singh), Sonia Gandhi, President of the Congress Party is a Roman Catholic of Italian origin, and the President of India is a lady educationist (Dr. Pratibha Patil). The most respected President ever in India was Missileman Dr. Abdul Kalam, and let me remind you again that India has had one full-fledged Muslim Air Marshal, Idris Hassan Latif, in the 1971 era. What have you to say about the blasphemy law in Pakistan? At least Muslims in India don’t live under some blasphemy law. Shedding crocodile tears about the plight of Muslims in India won’t help; more Muslims are bombed, blown up, raped, maimed and tortured every day in Pakistan.

  70. shah jee says:

    this for sonnie singh your top scientis abdul kalam is muslim who safe your ugly hindu ass to give you 1 billion rat loving hindu fucks nuclear bomb u people should be on your knees and thank muslim to be your real bagwan

  71. Dennis Dey says:

    Shah Jee: Give me a rat-loving Hindu any day over a bomb-loving Muslim.

  72. shah jee says:

    when the people in minority and poor household in united states are not able to financialy support their children cause of that they have to work for their needs while still teenage and couldnot focus on education which needs hard work and time in the other hand the jewish families who most are very wealthy can afford to give their kids good enviroment and education muslims had been in anarchy and religous extrimest who always bring their backward idelogy to be in power and it”s been going on for centuries so how in hell you can compare them the hungary vs well fed and the name i seen in the list ariel sharon and henry kissinger the war criminals that’s loughable

    • Praphas Charusathien says:

      Hey, you Shah Jee Goofy: American children work to support their education and learn to become independent. The scholarships offered by American universities for good students are second to none; many of the best students from the USA and abroad get a full free ride through university. Also, Americans can return to complete their education at whatever age they feel like. Also, a college education is no measure of the potential of a person; many of the intel millionaires in the US started life with very little college education. I would suggest that you educate yourselves and learn to compete at the level of the brain, and not tell your children to educate themselves at the Universities Of Stone-Bomb-and-Rocket Throwing in Gaza, Chechnya, Manila, Thailand and Phillippines. LEARN TO LIVE WITH OTHER RELIGIONS, YOU DOPES! .

  73. Dennis Dey says:

    Bilal Zuberi: How come you aren’t marking Shah Jee’s comments as being “awaiting moderation”. The fellow can’t even spell straight and his content is abusive.

  74. Huszar says:

    Jewish Nobel Prize Winners with hungarian names, anchestors,and studies.(10)

    1. Philipp Lénárd – 1905, Nobel Prize in Physics:

    The young Lénard learned in Hungarian in the Royal Hungarian Gymnasium, and as he writes it in his autobiography this made a big impression on him .His preferred language was Hungarian .Lenard became in his youth an ardent Hungarian.Lénárd became a member in 1907 of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences.

    2. Robert Barany – 1914, Nobel Prize in Physiology
    Robert Barany still has relatives living in Hungary to this very day.

    3.Richárd Zsigmondy – 1925, Nobel Prize in Chemistry
    Zsigmondy’s parents were Hungarian

    4. George de Hevesy – 1943, Nobel Prize in Chemistry
    George de Hevesy was born in Budapest

    5. Georg von Békésy – 1961, Nobel Prize in Physiology
    He began his work in the well-equipped Experimental Station of the Hungarian Post Office.

    6. Eugene (Jenõ) Wigner – 1963, Nobel Prize in Physics
    Eugene (Jeno) Wigner was born in Budapest .

    7. Dennis Gábor (Gábor Dénes) – 1971, Nobel Prize in Physics
    was born in Budapest

    8.John Harsányi – 1994, Nobel Prize in Economics
    was a Hungarian-American economist

    9. George Olah – 1994, Nobel Prize in Chemistry

    Gyorgy Olah was born in Budapest in 1927. After he left secondary school, he studied at the Budapest University of Technology. He became the head of the Department of Organic Chemistry, receiving a PhD in chemistry and shortly after becoming the Vice-President of the Central Chemical Research Centre of the Hungarian Academy of Science.

    10.Imre Kertész – 2002, Nobel Prize in Literature

    Hungarian writer and literary translator, Imre Kertesz is not only the first Hungarian to win a Nobel Prize in Hungarian writer and literary translator, but also the first to gain such a prestigious award for work in his home country, written without a university degree.

    We Hungarians are proud of our jewish nobel prize winners .However many of them converted to christianity and became hungarian nobles. ( von in the name shows)
    But we are proud of not jewish hungarians nobel winners too, like
    Albert Szent-Gyorgyi – 1937, Nobel Prize in Medicine
    he discovered vitamin C and its effect.

    Jewish Nobel Prize Winners with hungarian names, anchestors,and studies.(10)

    1. Philipp Lénárd – 1905, Nobel Prize in Physics:

    The young Lénard learned in Hungarian in the Royal Hungarian Gymnasium, and as he writes it in his autobiography this made a big impression on him .His preferred language was Hungarian .Lenard became in his youth an ardent Hungarian.Lénárd became a member in 1907 of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences.

    2. Robert Barany – 1914, Nobel Prize in Physiology
    Robert Barany still has relatives living in Hungary to this very day.

    3.Richárd Zsigmondy – 1925, Nobel Prize in Chemistry
    Zsigmondy’s parents were Hungarian

    4. George de Hevesy – 1943, Nobel Prize in Chemistry
    George de Hevesy was born in Budapest

    5. Georg von Békésy – 1961, Nobel Prize in Physiology
    He began his work in the well-equipped Experimental Station of the Hungarian Post Office.

    6. Eugene (Jenõ) Wigner – 1963, Nobel Prize in Physics
    Eugene (Jeno) Wigner was born in Budapest .

    7. Dennis Gábor (Gábor Dénes) – 1971, Nobel Prize in Physics
    was born in Budapest

    8.John Harsányi – 1994, Nobel Prize in Economics
    was a Hungarian-American economist

    9. George Olah – 1994, Nobel Prize in Chemistry

    Gyorgy Olah was born in Budapest in 1927. After he left secondary school, he studied at the Budapest University of Technology. He became the head of the Department of Organic Chemistry, receiving a PhD in chemistry and shortly after becoming the Vice-President of the Central Chemical Research Centre of the Hungarian Academy of Science.

    10.Imre Kertész – 2002, Nobel Prize in Literature

    Hungarian writer and literary translator, Imre Kertesz is not only the first Hungarian to win a Nobel Prize in Hungarian writer and literary translator, but also the first to gain such a prestigious award for work in his home country, written without a university degree.

    We Hungarians are proud of our jewish nobel prize winners .However many of them converted to christianity and became hungarian nobles. ( von in the name shows)
    But we are proud of not jewish hungarians nobel winners too, like
    Albert Szent-Gyorgyi – 1937, Nobel Prize in Medicine
    he discovered vitamin C and its effect.

  75. Huszar says:

    Sorry for posting my comments 2 times.

    p.s. Hungary is a very small and not to rich country in Eastern Europe, with 10 million habitants.We are only rich in our education.
    Many winners studied in a same high-school from the same teachers in Budapest.

    • Farkas says:

      Thank you for listing Jews of Hungarian birth as Nobel Prize winners. About some of them having converted to Christianity, and having taken up Hungarian-sounding names, one plausible reason is the fierce antisemitism in Hungary between the wars (Horthy’ regime and following), with its “numerus clausus” limiting Jewish admission to universities,and its frankly Fascist orientation. The conversion of some Jews to Christianity would have not saved them from Auschwitz, since the Nazi definition of Jewishness was racial, and not religious. Near a million Jews from Hungary were sent to extermination in 1944 by Eichmann and his collaborators – and I do not recall nearly any attempt by Hungarians to resist this action. Recent surveys show that antisemitism has not died out in Hungary, in spite of its minute Jewish presence there nowadays. So whate are you proud about?

  76. Rat-Loving Hindu says:

    I wonder how scientific and forward-looking a community that encourages marriages among first cousins can be; it is a well-known recipe for genetic disaster.

  77. Dennis Dey says:

    At the end of the day, it must be acknowledged by everyone who has contributed to this blog that advancements in science involve the ability to think outside the box. Science involves the formulation of new ideas and new modes of thinking. In regions, civilizations and cultures where free-thinking is frowned upon, science cannot flourish. And that goes for all systems of thought and all religions.

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  79. Hafiz says:

    Why not Dr. unus

  80. Bassam Ali Salaama (American U, Cairo) says:

    The Global Jewish population is approximately 14,000,000. or about 0.02% of the world’s population.
    They have received the following Nobel Prizes:
    1910 – Paul Heyse
    1927 – Henri Bergson
    1958 – Boris Pasternak
    1966 – Shmuel Yosef Agnon
    1966 – Nelly Sachs
    1976 – Saul Bellow
    1978 – Isaac Bashevis Singer
    1981 – Elias Canetti
    1987 – Joseph Brodsky
    1991 – Nadine Gordimer World
    2001 – Imre Kertesz
    2005 – Harold Pinter

    1911 – Alfred Fried
    1911 – Tobias Michael Carel Asser
    1968 – Rene Cassin
    1973 – Henry Kissinger
    1978 – Menachem Begin
    1986 – Elie Wiesel
    1994 – Shimon Peres
    1994 – Yitzhak Rabin
    1995 – Joseph Rotblat
    1905 – Adolph Von Baeyer
    1906 – Henri Moissan
    1907 – Albert Abraham Michelson
    1908 – Gabriel Lippmann
    1910 – Otto Wallach
    1915 – Richard Willstaetter
    1918 – Fritz Haber
    1921 – Albert Einstein
    1922 – Niels Bohr
    1925 – James Franck
    1925 – Gustav Hertz
    1943 – Gustav Stern
    1943 – George Charles de Hevesy
    1944 – Isidor Issac Rabi
    1952 – Felix Bloch
    1954 – Max Born
    1958 – Igor Tamm
    1959 – Emilio Segre
    1960 – Donald A. Glaser
    1961 – Robert Hofstadter
    1961 – Melvin Calvin
    1962 – Lev Davidovich Landau
    1962 – Max Ferdinand Perutz
    1965 – Richard Phillips Feynman
    1965 – Julian Schwinger
    1969 – Murray Gell-Mann
    1971 – Dennis Gabor
    1972 – William Howard Stein
    1973 – Brian David Josephson
    1975 – Benjamin Mottleson
    1976 – Burton Richter
    1977 – Ilya Prigogine
    1978 – Arno Allan Penzias
    1978 – Peter L Kapitza
    1979 – Stephen Weinberg
    1979 – Sheldon Glashow
    1979 – Herbert Charles Brown
    1980 – Paul Berg
    1980 – Walter Gilbert
    1981 – Roald Hoffmann
    1982 – Aaron Klug
    1985 – Albert A. Hauptman
    1985 – Jerome Karle
    1986 – Dudley R. Herschbach
    1988 – Robert Huber
    1988 – Leon Lederman
    1988 – Melvin Schwartz
    1988 – Jack Steinberger
    1989 – Sidney Altman
    1990 – Jerome Friedman
    1992 – Rudolph Marcus
    1995 – Martin Perl
    2000 – Alan J. Heeger
    2000 – Zhores I. Alferov
    2003 – Vitaly Ginzburg & Alexei A. Abrikosov
    2004 – H. David Politzer & David Gross
    2005 – Roy Glauber

    1970 – Paul Anthony Samuelson
    1971 – Simon Kuznets
    1972 – Kenneth Joseph Arrow
    1975 – Leonid Kantorovich
    1976 – Milton Friedman
    1978 – Herbert A. Simon
    1980 – Lawrence Robert Klein
    1985 – Franco Modigliani
    1987 – Robert M. Solow
    1990 – Harry Markowitz
    1990 – Merton Miller
    1992 – Gary Becker
    1993 – Robert Fogel
    1994 – John Harsanyi
    1997 – Myron Scholes
    2001 – Joseph Stiglitz
    2001 – George A. Akerlof
    2002 – Daniel Kahneman
    2005 – Robert Aumann
    2007 – Leonid Hurwicz, Eric Maskin & Roger Myerson
    2008 – Paul Krugman

    1908 – Elie Metchnikoff
    1908 – Paul Erlich
    1914 – Robert Barany
    1922 – Otto Meyerhof
    1930 – Karl Landsteiner
    1931 – Otto Warburg
    1936 – Otto Loewi
    1944 – Joseph Erlanger
    1944 – Herbert Spencer Gasser
    1945 – Ernst Boris Chain
    1946 – Hermann Joseph Muller
    1950 – Tadeus Reichstein
    1952 – Selman Abraham Waksman
    1953 – Hans Krebs
    1953 – Fritz Albert Lipmann
    1958 – Joshua Lederberg
    1959 – Arthur Kornberg
    1964 – Konrad Bloch
    1965 – Francois Jacob
    1965 – Andre Lwoff
    1967 – George Wald
    1968 – Marshall W. Nirenberg
    1969 – Salvador Luria
    1970 – Julius Axelrod
    1970 – Sir Bernard Katz
    1972 – Gerald Maurice Edelman
    1975 – Howard Martin Temin
    1976 – Baruch S. Blumberg
    1977 – Roselyn Sussman Yalow
    1978 – Daniel Nathans
    1980 – Baruj Benacerraf
    1984 – Cesar Milstein
    1985 – Michael Stuart Brown
    1985 – Joseph L. Goldstein
    1986 – Stanley Cohen [& Rita Levi-Montalcini]
    1988 – Gertrude Elion
    1989 – Harold Varmus
    1991 – Erwin Neher
    1991 – Bert Sakmann
    1993 – Richard J. Roberts
    1993 – Phillip Sharp
    1994 – Alfred Gilman &
    1995 – Edward B. Lewis
    1996- Lu RoseIacovino
    1997- Stanley B. Prusiner
    1998 – Robert Furchgott
    2000 – Paul Greengard & Eric Kandel
    2002 – H. Robert Horvitz & Sydney Brenner
    2004 – Richard Axel
    2006 – Andrew Z. Fire

    1905 – Adolph Von Baeyer
    1906 – Henri Moissan
    1910 – Otto Wallach
    1915 – Richard Willstaetter
    1918 – Fritz Haber
    1943 – George Charles de Hevesy
    1961 – Melvin Calvin
    1962 – Max Ferdinand Perutz
    1972 – William Howard Stein
    1977 – Ilya Prigogine
    1979 – Herbert Charles Brown
    1980 – Paul Berg
    1980 – Walter Gilbert
    1981 – Roald Hoffmann
    1982 – Aaron Klug
    1985 – Herbert Hauptman
    1985 – Jerome Karle
    1989 – Sidney Altman
    1992 – Rudolph Marcus
    1998 – Walter Kohn
    2004 – Avram Hershko, Aaron Ciechanover and Irwin Rose
    2006 – Roger Kornberg
    2009 – Ada Yonath
    TOTAL: 189

    • Occam's Tool says:

      Thanks. 5 more in 2011.

      If the Muslims would release their anger and make peace with the Israelis, imagine how well they could do at a Technion 2 in Egypt. The waste HURTS.

  81. Bassam Ali Salaama (American U, Cairo) says:

    P.S. Nothing controversial being stated here, I just post with the deepest of respect since we always fall into Politics and disrespect each other’s achievements. I may not agree with the Israeli government does, but I sure do respect what her peoples (all over the world) do in Science, Medicine, Literature, Law, Tech, etc etc etc… I ONLY dream one day we do the same here in Egypt… Thank you for your Blog…

    • Occam's Tool says:

      Well, I wish there were more of you. To start by not demonizing an opponent is the first step in making peace with them. Nicely done.

  82. Ali Akbar Khan says:

    Muslims have a much more focused and correct attitude to science and arts than the proponents of any other religion, as their guidepost is the Holy Koran. It is only in the modern era that Muslms have been subjected to exclusion, murder and genocide. It is well-known that the Nobel Committee is controlled by Jews & Christians. And who needs Science and Art when the Koran is the only Way and the Light of the Universe? All these comments are without merit; turn to the Koran for Ultimate Bliss.

  83. Bassam Ali Salaama says:

    So sorry and embarrassed for Ali Akbar Khan’s comments.

    We are religious Muslim people, we are not barbarians who do not understand the importance of Science, Medicine, Art & Economics.

    We have much to teach and much to learn from the West, or what Ali calls the control of Jews and Christians (once again, embarrassing).

    Thank you to all of the amazing Muslim, Christian and Jewish Professors and Scientist who have gone out of their way to come to Egypt and share their knowledge.

    • Ali Akbar Khan says:

      I am a product of the public school education system of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, which reiterates that Jews, Christians and proponents of idolatrous religions are not to be trusted. We have modeled our public secondary education system of education on Saudi Arabia,a land we consider Holy. I belong to the only Muslim country that is scientifically advanced enough to have manufactured the atomic bomb, and our country suffers as a result of this due to the CIA-MOSSAD backlash. If your country is being led astray by this evil axis, and you are proud of it, I have nothing more to say

      • Steve says:

        Ali Akbar Khan,

        In the “Islamic Republic of Pakistan”, women are treated as property. I recently met a family from Pakistan who had to leave to allow their daughters to have a chance to improve their lives. They are devote Muslims, but here one of their daughters will begin studying to become a doctor. She could not have done that in the “Islamic Republic of Pakistan” according to her parents. Your interpretation of the Koran allows for no individual thought. It stops creative thinking which is necessary for innovative ideas to improve the world. Creative thinkers are not anti Muslim, or anti Christian or anti Jewish- only anti-people who hide behind religion and fear change.

    • Steve says:

      Bassam Ali Salaama,

      Thank you for your comments.

      The world prospers when good people of all religions find ways to work together to make life better. I was raised to respect the good of all religions. Those of us who believe this, must continue to find ways to stop the hate in this world.

  84. Steve says:

    Your hatred of anything not Muslim is quite apparent. You seem to be proud only of your country’s ability to produce an atomic weapon. There is a place in which people of different religions are able to co-exist and learn about each other. The best of each religion is not its ability to spew hate for others, but to find common ground. Unfortunately, you have not been able to find any of this. You do, however, sound like you cannot open yourself to other people’s point of view. Very unfortunate.

  85. clarence Wiltcombe says:

    Some Muslim apologists extol the great achievements of Muslim science in the past. Muslim thinkers have indeed been excelling in pursuing Greek learning, philosophy and natural science while the West had been sunk in dark ignorance. However, these apologists are basking in the faded glory of the past: of a full eight hundred years ago. In the meanwhile, humanity has been progressing, while Muslim scientific thought has since ben slumbering in stagnation, remaining petrified. Some Muslim polemicists try to argue reasons for this stasis with various offered excuses: colonialism, poverty, Western arrogance, a sinister plot, etc. etc.(By the way, all these factors did not deter other peoples from their unquestionable contributions to human knowledge.)
    But one may wonder if the decline of Muslim scientific thought has not been going on at least since the attack of the famous scholar al-Ghazali (who died exactly nine hundred years ago) on philosophy and his claim that there are no natural laws the cause of which is simply the the intrinsic properties and forces of matter – in effect, that there is no natural causality at all – but only the infallable will of Allah. As his famous example argued, people erroneously assume that the contact between a flame and a piece of cotton must cause it to burn. But the result is that the cotton burning is due not at all to its specific physical properties and natural laws – but only because Allah willed it to happen. The burning which falaceously seems to people to be the result of the fire, is in reality only purely contingent, its being only a coincidence concequent in time to the approximation of the flame to the cotton. One wonders if such reasoning may not show that the apple which Newton observed falling did not happen because of any such natural law of gravity, the apple being attracted to the greater mass of the earth. Had Allah not willed the apple to travel downwards, would it have presumably remained in the air in a blessed disregard of the laws of physics?
    Avorroes published a rebuttal to Ghazali, but it had little impct. Averroes hmself was persecuted by religious extremists for his belief in rationality. Al-Ghazali’s teaching have become a generally accepted doctrine by many Muslim authorities.
    Should one wonder how free scentific thought can flourish without the belief in a causality in nature, and the curiosity to find out the innate natural priciples governing its occurrences? One may hold that the inexplicable Divine will alone is the ostensible cause of each and every physical phenomenon – but to hold in question or even just to investigate the mysteries of Alla’s will may be regarded by some as pure heresy punishable by death. How may untrammelled scientific curiosity thrive in such a climate?

  86. Steve says:

    Mr. Wiltcombe,

    You make an excellent point. One may draw a parallel between the “dark age” of Christian history and today’s Muslim climate. In the Christian “dark age” the charge of heresy was assigned to anyone whose thoughts strayed beyond Christian beliefs. Heretics were burned at the stake. Maybe Muslims need to get past their own “dark age” before they can, again, be at the vanguard of progress.

  87. Ali Akbar Khan says:

    The tens of thousands of true believers packing Cairo’s Tahrir Square at this very moment leave no doubt that the Islamic Caliphate, which assures justice for all believers in the world, is only at the most 1 decade away. “Democracies”, the non-believers of the West, the anachronistic Zionist regime and the idolaters of Asia will soon cease to exist.

    • Steve says:

      Ali Akbar Khan,

      There are many ways to worship God. It is myopic to believe that only your way is the correct way. You have not addressed any of the comments written here by people of good will. We see the world as a place where many religions can co-exist, all of them serving God. Ghandi once said: ” I am a Hindu, a Muslim, a Christian and a Jew.”

  88. Ali Akbar Khan says:

    There is only 1 God, and His name is Allah. There is only 1 path, and it is Islam. And the latest and most accurate of the long line of Prophets of Islam (which include Moses & Jesus) is Mohammed (PBUH). There can be no other way or path to the Truth. And regarding Ghandhi, tell me one situation where his so-called non-violence has ever won anybody anything.

  89. Steve says:

    Ghandi lead India to independence and inspired movements for civil rights and freedom across the world. He did this using non-violent methods. They are powerful methods and they worked. He never authorized his followers to hurt or kill their enemies and won freedom for India in 1948. He is recognized by the world as being one of its greatest leaders.

    I am glad that you have found your one god. Many other people in the world worship a God with a different name, but it seems to me that, in the end, we all worship the same God. God is great enough to have many names. Happily, I live in a place where all of us are free to worship God by whatever name we call him.

  90. Ali Akbar Khan says:

    No battle was ever won without the shedding of blood. Our beloved Jinnah knew this, and single-handedly wrested Pakistan from the clutches of the idolaters. He knew that blood would be spilt, and fearlessly strode ahead on the right path.

    • Dennis Dey says:

      hahahaha … probably the reason why Pakistan is on the verge of a collapse right now, and there are more Muslims living in India than in Pakistan … hahahaha …

    • Moussa khal Isa says:

      One of my friends while being a lecturer in engineering at the Americn University in Beirut,he noticed that on each Friday, half his students were absent. When he asked them for the reason, they replied: “on Friday Muslims bray” (Arabs cannot pronounce “P”). At the end of the year, in viewing the unimpressive scolastic achievement of many of his Muslim students, he remarked: “it seems that Muslims do not bray only on Fridays, but the whole year around”.

      • Dennis Dey says:

        Also probably the reason why Jinnah’s descendants (ALL of them) chose to return to India the moment Jinnah died. They’re now well-established businesspersons in India, with absolutely no desire to ever return to Pakistan, the land their ancestor Jinnah created ….

  91. Steve says:


    You are a walking propaganda machine. You have been programmed well. You have no ability to understand anyone else’s point of view. Muslims kill other Muslims and it seems to be alright with you (Sunnis kill Shites and Shites kill Sunnis). They are both Muslims and should consider each other to be brothers. You have much to learn, but you do not have the ability to open your mind. I would wish you peace, but you see a future where only bloodshed is the correct path. There is no peace in that.

  92. Ali Akbar Khan says:

    Muslims do not kill other Muslims. The so-called infighting among the Shias and Sunnis in Pakistan is the result of the CIA-MOSSAD-RAW axis paying one group of thugs to kill another group of thugs and blame Muslims for it. Pakistan has been a victim of this axis of evil for the last 60 years, this axis of evil being responsible for the assassination of many of Pakistan’s greatest leaders; the latest of these attacks being when the USA successfully used its HAARP weapon to create floods to devastate Pakistan. But thankfully our nuclear program has only been strengthened since then; our nuclear arsenal is second only to China’s and is rapidly expanding. Our Air Force is capable of dealing deadly blows to any enemy. Even the corpses of the “Taliban” regularly turn out to be uncircumcised, leaving no doubt as to which religions are stoking trouble in Pakistan. Western news channels such as the BBC, CNN and FOX regularly churn out lies regarding the true state of affairs in Pakistan and only Xinhua of China can be relied upon for accurate coverage. Our friendship with China is as tall as the Himalaya and as broad as the ocean. It is indestructible, and may the axis of evil be destroyed by it.

    • Steve says:


      Since you believe only in the Chinese news agency called Xinhua, I thought you might be interested in an article on their website dated 2011-08-21. The article talks about Muslims killing other Muslims. The attack came at a mosque in Northwest Pakistan. It left 56 people dead. This attack can’t be blamed on the CIA or the Mossad because according to Xinhua, the Tehreek-e Pakistan took credit for the attack. This, then is “The true state of affairs in Pakistan” as you put it. Maybe it is time to find a better way.

  93. Steve says:

    Those who feel the world is against them are often called paranoid, but I think you believe what you say, just as I believe what I say. I can tell you that the Pakistani families I have met have left Pakistan for what they feel is a better life. They are devout Muslims (having recently completed a Haj) and yet they are my neighbors. We respect each others’ beliefs and also find common grounds to be neighbors. In our community, Muslims and Christians live together in peace. There is no axis of evil here, only good neighbors who share mutual respect. This works because people get to know each other as individuals, not as governments. Maybe you need to find one single non-Muslim who you can sit and talk with, while not trying to convert each other or blame the others’ religion for the problems in the world. You may find that you have more in common than you think.

  94. Dan Burton says:

    The ideology of thought control in Pakistan
    By Maheen Usmani | DAWN.COM

    Denial is not just a river in Egypt. It has become something of a personality cult in Pakistan. Nowhere is this cognitive dissonance more visible than amongst the educated who refuse to accept facts and logic, clinging instead to a neurotic persecution complex.

    Columnist Khaled Ahmed says: “The vast majority of literate Pakistanis take comfort in ignorance, skepticism and conspiracy theories. The self-glorification of an imagined past matched by habits of national denial have assumed crisis proportions today when Pakistan’s existence is under far more serious threat from fellow Muslims than it was in 1947 from rival non Muslim communities.” What lies beneath this inability to critique and lack of intelligent analysis? Undoubtedly, one’s education influences views on politics and society. As Robert Frost aptly puts it: “education is the ability to listen to almost anything without losing your temper or your self-confidence.”

    To sift the chaff from the grain, let us consider a ubiquitous slogan about the ‘ideology’ of Pakistan. A staple of our school textbooks, it echoed in massive public rallies as well as debates on secularism. Pakistan ka matlab kiya? La illaha il lallah (What is the meaning of Pakistan? There is no God but Allah) has become the rallying cry of the campaign to Islamise Pakistani society. Ironically, it is a slogan that was coined long after the creation of Pakistan, but it is now being falsely ascribed to the leaders of the Pakistan movement in 1947.

    Religion has often proved to be a powerful binding factor which has merged heterogeneous groups into a distinct nationality. Through appeal to supernatural authority, religion promotes national unity as a divine command. Examples abound in contemporary history: the Greek church as a source for Greek nationalism, the Catholic church as a factor in Irish separatism, Judaism and the state of Israel, Islam and Pakistan.

    Soon after he seized power in 1977, General Zia ul-Haq sought to create a nation based on religion rather than on secular principles. An important part of the Islamisation agenda was defining the Islamic ‘ideology’ of Pakistan. In stark contrast to modern textbooks, no textbook written prior to 1977 mentions the ‘Ideology of Pakistan’.

    Since education was a key factor in Zia’s Machiavellian manoeuvrings, a presidential order was issued that all Pakistan Studies textbooks must “demonstrate that the basis of Pakistan is not to be founded in racial, linguistic, or geographical factors, but, rather, in the shared experience of a common religion. To get students to know and appreciate the Ideology of Pakistan, and to popularise it with slogans. To guide students towards the ultimate goal of Pakistan – the creation of a completely Islamised State.”

    Instead of being a Muslim state as envisaged by its founders, Pakistan was recast in the mould of an Islamic state, where Islamic law would reign supreme. A state sponsored and systematic purging of liberal and secular values of future generations of Pakistan ensued.

    History was rewritten to redefine Pakistani as an Islamic society, and no research on ancient India, the medieval period or the colonial era. Our history was linked with the Umayyad and Abbasid caliphates, thus alienating it from ancient Indian history. This interpretation creates a Muslim consciousness that seeks it’s identity outside India.
    Historian Mubarak Ali cautions “History should not be influenced by religious beliefs since history has no religion. Pakistan came into being in 1947, but our history existed before this which cannot be deleted.”

    History textbooks written soon after Partition – a time when the grief of shattered families who experienced communal killings was at its peak – show a more liberal mindset. The history of the subcontinent was taken to start with the ancient Indus valley civilisations rather than with the conquest of India by the first Muslim invader, Mohammad bin Qasim, in 712. In contrast to today’s history books, these books contained discussions of the empires of Emperor Ashoka and the Maurya dynasty. Has there has been a deliberate revival of communal antagonism over 30 years after Partition? Undoubtedly, the permanent militarisation of society requires a permanent enemy.

    Although Edward Everett may state that “education is a better safeguard of liberty than a standing army”, the task of defending Pakistan’s ideological borders has been entrusted to the military as they are defenders of the ‘faith.’ Textbooks extol the achievements of Muslim conquering heroes, as well as those of the Armed Forces. In sharp contrast, no contributions by any heroes in fields like education, medicine, law or social work are highlighted.

    September 6 commemorates the defense of the country against an Indian attack in 1965. According to our textbooks, it was India which attacked Lahore in the middle of the night, without any provocation, but our army won this war. The reality is that Pakistan started the 1965 war on August 5 by sending soldiers into Kashmir and India retaliated the following day.

    Instead of the soul searching and accountability undertaken by nations like Japan and Germany after devastating wars, our history textbooks explained the separation of East Pakistan in 1971 as an evil design by India which created the guerrilla group Mukhti Bahini in order to seize Pakistani territory. Although we lost half of Pakistan, there was no mention of the gross inequalities which led to the grievances of the Bengalis. Tens of thousands died, millions were displaced, atrocities were committed and the country was rent asunder. But the guilty were never punished.

    The seeds of the distortion of history and the preponderance of religious dogma which were sown decades ago are bearing fruit today. Examples from the curriculum designed by the Federal Ministry of Education abound. The Social Studies textbook for Class 7 says: “European nations have been working during the past three centuries, through conspiracies on naked aggression to subjugate the countries of the Muslim world.”

    14-year-old students of Pakistan Studies are being taught that: “one of the reasons of the downfall of the Muslims in the sub-continent was the lack of the spirit of jihad.”

    13-year-olds are instructed: “In Islam jihad is very important…..The person who offers his life never dies….All the prayers nurture one’s passion of jihad.”

    Thus, a primary and secondary school environment is being created which is nurturing prejudice and extremism. “College and university come much too late; change must begin at the primary and secondary school level,” sums up physicist and lecturer Dr Pervez Hoodbhoy.
    Although religious schools or madrassas in Pakistan are often blamed for breeding extremism, only 6 per cent of children are educated in these schools. Furthermore, research does not confirm the link between madrassa education and terrorism. The cause for the intolerance experienced by Ahmadis, Hindus and Christians lies in public education, structured as it has been to defend Pakistan against some phantom enemy. Non-Muslims are forced to read the same textbooks which contain derogatory remarks against Hindus, e.g being eternal enemies of Muslims. Our myopic educational system discourages questioning and causes ethnic and religious minorities to be viewed with suspicion.

    Pakistan is primarily a young country, so it is the youth which is severely impacted by rampant unemployment, inflation, corruption and violence. Many amongst this disenchanted segment have started seeing religion as their anchor and are attracted to demagogues like Zaid Hamid. A self-proclaimed jihadist who claims to have fought against the Soviets in Afghanistan, Hamid banks on the insecurity and frustrations of college students and television viewers. Just as Adolf Hitler dwelt on Germany’s ‘wounded honour’ in his famous beer-hall oratory in Munich (where he promised that Germany would conquer the world), Hamid calls for the Pakistan Army to go to war against India and liberate Kashmir, Palestine, Chechnya and Afghanistan.

    Our curriculum stresses the formal and ritualistic aspects of Islam, as against those which emphasise social justice. Science and secular knowledge are regarded with contempt. Dr Hoodbhoy says, “I have never seen a first-rate Muslim scientist become an Islamist or a terrorist even when he or she is a strong believer. But second-and third-rate technologists are more susceptible. These are people who use science in some capacity but without any need to understand it very much—engineers, doctors, technicians, etc.—all of whom are more inclined towards radicalism. They have been trained to absorb facts without thinking, and this makes them more susceptible to the inducements of holy books and preachers.”
    The steady diet of religious fundamentalism and blind faith has clouded objective and rational thinking, and transformed Pakistan from a moderate Muslim-majority country into one where the majority wants Islam to play a key role in politics. A 2008 survey by World Public Opinion found that 54 per cent of Pakistanis wanted strict application of Sharia. The British Council polled 1226 young Pakistanis between 18 and 29 in 2009 and found that ‘three-quarters of all young people identify themselves primarily as Muslims. Just 14 per cent chose to define themselves primarily as a citizen of Pakistan.’

    Pakistan’s skewed priorities may account for the huge amount spent on its ever increasing “defence needs” and only 1.5 per cent of it’s GDP on education. But lost in the brouhaha over the lack of access to education is the dire need to revise the dogmatic and distorted school curriculum. As the pendulum swings in Pakistan between radicals and moderates, we need our friends to stand with us and demand that Pakistanis don’t need an education which stunts, blinds, distorts and deadens any more. As Alvin Toffler said, “The illiterate of the future will not be the person who cannot read. It will be the person who does not know how to learn.”

    Maheen Usmani is a freelance journalist. She has reported on varied subjects, ranging from socio-political issues to sports, travel, culture and counter terrorism.

  95. Steve says:

    Dan, it is sad that Pakistan spends much more on weapons than it does on education. It has a GNP per capita that is lower than 177 other countries.

  96. Dennis Dey says:

    Allah works in mysterious ways. First, the CIA tried to convince the world that the Twin Towers were brought down by planes. It is now an accepted fact that they were brought down by explosions from the inside. And lo, on that very spot will arise a mosque second only to Al-Quds in Jerusalem. The Ground Zero Mosque will be a shining example of the Glory and Victory of Islam.

    • Steve says:


      You may need to check your facts again. Any New Yorker can tell you that it was the two jet planes that flew into both towers that caused them to fall. The scene was witnessed by thousands that day. On the site of the collapse another set of buildings and monuments to the dead are being erected, not a Mosque.

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    Centuries ago, after the decline of the Roman Empire, Muslims in Spain worked along with Jews in developing literature, science, music and art. Together, they translated classical Greek texts into Arabic. This task later helped Europe move out of the Dark Ages and into the Renaissance. Arab and Persian scholars like Zakariā ye Rāzi, Alī ben-Nāfi, Yaqūb ibn-Tāriq, Ibn-an-Nafis, Mūsā al-Khwārizmī, Abd-al-Malik ibn-Zuhr, Takiyuddin, Ghazali and Ibn Rushd contributed to the mankind including Arabic numerals, the digit “zero”, architecture, music, art, etc.
    While the cultural domain in the Middle East was overwhelmingly Persian, the major development of the Arab culture took place in Spain and, by coincidence, also the main Jewish settlement of that period. Jews flourished under Arab rulers.
    Jews were expelled from settlement in Spain five hundred years ago. Under Turkish rulers the Arab world collapsed, the Arabic culture declined and the Arab scientific development ceased. Since beginning of the 1700s the number of Jewish scholars in science and arts is in constant increasement in Europe and subsequently in the North America. The current Arab culture has lots of natural resources to exploit. Also the current Arab culture is insular and poor in intellectual life. The current Jewish culture is entirely opposite to the current Arab culture. A culture that fostered and prized intellectualism is always created out of need and opportunity.
    Muslims began challenging the power of their religious leaders. Muslim intellectuals lost in their challenge of their religious power. Mullahs declared a Fatah that anyone who challenged them should be put to death. The intellectuals folded and Arab culture stayed frozen for the last five hundred years. During the inquisition time the science was on very poor level in Christian countries too. Separation of social life and religion boosted the science and education in Christian countries. Modern life means embracing science and technology but Muslims can’t even agree to adopt scientific lunar calendar. When the religion and social life are separated, it opens the way to free discussions which produce the better and faster way to embrace science and technology. Religious leaders in most Muslim countries have monopolized the spiritual and the metaphysical in a way that disrupts scientific progress in those countries. Science, knowledge and education can only flourish in a culture that won’t recognize any taboos and constantly doubts creeds of all sorts. The Nobel laureates cannot grow from cultures where the religious leaders have ultimate control over intellectual quests. It is very difficult for great scientific minds to exhaust their potential in countries due to the lack of religious and intellectual freedom.
    The countries where restrictions for the religious life are not very strict, the population is highly educated. Bangladesh and Indonesia combined do not publish half as many research papers annually as Malaysia.
    The lack of political pluralism accounts for part of the lack of education among Muslims. Muslim countries are stifled under secular prowestern backward, divisive dictatorial authoritarian repressive western-supported regimes that want to keep Muslims weak, divided and backward.
    Iran is the only sizable Muslim country that is free from Western meddling. Iran has more than ten times the average world growth in scientific publications. Iran launched Kavoshgar4 to space with biocapsule intended to carry a monkey to space, paving the way for human space flight. Iran has its own supercomputer, national operating system, world leading nanotechnology, biotechnology, launched own satellites to space, makes own automobiles, builds own aircrafts.
    Muslims should look at their corrupt religious and political leaders who hijacked their beautiful culture in order to stay in power. This was the problem not only five hundred years ago, now too.

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    The world cannot advance until people stop believing that their religion is “The one true religion”. How many more millions have to die before we learn that we can all call God by a different name and still share the planet?

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