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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
36 months
IDRC Officer
Naser Faruqui
Total Funding
CA$ 750,000.00
Middle East
South of Sahara
Networked Economies
Foundations for Innovation
Institution Country
United Kingdom
Project Leader
Mr. Ehsan Masood
Research Research Limited
Institution Country
United Kingdom
Project Leader
Tony McBride
The Royal Society of London for Promoting Natural Knowledge