Islamic nations should go all out to create conditions that foster academic pursuit in science and technology
There was a time when budding Western scholars travelled long distances to the then epicentre of science and technology — the Islamic world that spanned from southern Spain to China, from the 7th to the 17th century — to seek and learn new knowledge from the masters of that 1,000-year era.But that was long ago. The countries that constitute the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) today lag behind in the scientific world. As innovators, none of them can be considered in the league of developed nations, despite the financial wealth many of them have acquired.
Part of the problem is a lack of mastery of modern knowledge, in particular science and technology.