Atlas of Islamic-World Science and Innovation

Historically, scholars and researchers from the Muslim world were leaders in the area of medicine, astronomy and mathematics. Today, however, many of the countries with significant Muslim populations fall below the global average on key science and technology (S&T) indicators. This project aims to produce a landmark study of S&T-based innovation across the Muslim world with support from a number of donors (British Council, Spanish Centre for Development and Industrial Technology, Islamic Development, Organization of the Islamic Conference - OIC, Qatar Foundation). Researchers will map key trends in S&T-based innovation across the 57-country memberships of the OIC; offer an independent assessment of innovation in 15 OIC countries, noting opportunities and barriers to further progress; explore how the relationship between science, technology, innovation, culture and politics is unfolding in the countries under study and across the wider Islamic world; identify new opportunities for collaboration on shared global challenges such as climate change; build the skills of S&T decision-makers; create new networks for exchanging ideas and good practices; and produce series of agenda-setting articles, publications and events to ensure visibility of S&T issues and spark discussion in the Islamic world and beyond. The IDRC component of the study will focus on Egypt, Indonesia, Pakistan and Sénégal.

Project ID


Project status


End Date

Friday, March 10, 2017


36 months

IDRC Officer

Naser Faruqui

Total funding

CA$ 750,000


Middle East, South of Sahara


Foundations for Innovation

Project Leader

Tony McBride


The Royal Society of London for Promoting Natural Knowledge

Institution Country

United Kingdom

Project Leader

Mr. Ehsan Masood


Research Research Limited

Institution Country

United Kingdom

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