Why is the Muslim world so behind in science and technology?

Answer by Jim Ashby:

According to the Nobel Prize website:

Between 1901 and 2014, the Nobel Prizes and the Prize in Economic Sciences were awarded 567 times to 889 people and organizations. With some receiving the Nobel Prize more than once, this makes a total of 860 individuals and 22 organizations.

According to the List of Jewish Nobel laureates wiki, Jews, on a per capita basis are 110 TIMES more likely to be awarded a Nobel prize than non-Jews.

The Nobel Prize is an annual, international prize first awarded in 1901 for achievements in Physics, Chemistry, Physiology or Medicine, Literature, and Peace. An associated prize in Economics has been awarded since 1969. Nobel Prizes have been awarded to over 850 individuals, of whom at least 22% (without peace prize over 24%) were Jews, although Jews comprise less than 0.2% of the world's population (or 1 in every 500 people). Overall, Jews have won a total of 41% of all the Nobel Prizes in economics, 28% in medicine, 26% in Physics, 19% in Chemistry, 13% in Literature and 9% of all peace awards.

You think that's interesting? How about this from the List of Muslim Nobel laureates wiki:

As of 2014, eleven Nobel Prize winners have been Muslims. More than half of the eleven Muslim Nobel laureates were awarded the prize in the 21st century. Seven of the eleven winners have been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, including a controversial award to Yasser Arafat. The recipient of the 1979 Nobel Prize in Physics, Abdus Salam, was a member of the Ahmadiyya community of Pakistan, in 1974, the Pakistan parliament made a constitutional amendment that declared Ahmadis as non-Muslims.
Muslims make up over 23% of the world's population.

Should we follow Pakistan's lead and subtract one from the total of eleven Muslim Nobel laureates? I didn't think so. 🙂

So, 11 out of 860 individual Nobel prize winners is equal to 1.28% of the total going to Muslims. But 7 of the 11 prizes were for the peace prize. So only 4 were for prizes in the sciences: that equals 0.47% (let's call it half a percent). Compare that to the 24% of prizes in the sciences that went to Jews and we see that Jews have received over 48 times more science Nobel prizes than Muslims.

But where this REALLY gets crazy is when you do the per capita math. Jews comprise less than 0.2% of the world's population. Muslims comprise 23% of the world's population. That means there's more than 115 TIMES more Muslims than Jews. If Jews have received 48 times more science Nobel prizes than Muslims AND there are 115 times more Muslims than Jews, then, on a per capita basis, Jews are over 5,520 TIMES more likely than Muslims to win a Nobel Prize in science.

That's just mind boggling. On a per capita basis, Jews are over 110 times more likely than non-Jews to win a Nobel Prize (including for peace) AND over 5,520 times more likely than Muslims to win a Nobel Prize in science.

And, if you're one of those people who think there's a Nobel Prize committee conspiracy going on here, you should know that, according to the Jewish Achievement website:

In the sciences, Jews have won 22 percent of all the Nobel Prizes ever awarded – 29 percent of the prizes since 1950, after the Holocaust destroyed a third of their numbers. Given their small population, Jews should have earned only one of the 502 Nobels awarded for physics, chemistry, medicine and physiology. They have won 123.
The Fields Medal, awarded to the world's brightest mathematicians under age 40, is the honor John Nash, of the book and movie A Beautiful Mind had hoped to win. Instead, he took a Nobel Prize in economics as a consolation prize. One-fourth of the Fields Medals winners are Jews.
Encyclopedia Britannica provides its list of "Great Inventions." Of the 267 individual inventors, more than 13 were Jews, including Zoll (the defibrillator and the pacemaker), Land (instant photography), Gabor (holography), and Ginsburg (videotape). Jews are represented on the list 22 times more than one would expect based on their population.

So, think again . . . it's no conspiracy.

I've always maintained that Islam and the Quran instills a 'Muslim mindset' that westerners often find alien and values that are incompatible with western values. I'm sure there's a variety of reasons why Muslims are so under-represented in the sciences but there's a blazing neon sign pointing to their religion, and the cultures it dominates, in the same way they point to terrorism. According to the  National Counterterrorism Center's 2011 report, prepared for the U.S. Office of the Director of National Intelligence, Sunni Muslims were responsible for 70% of all terrorist killings in the world. On a per capita basis, that's over 3.6 TIMES more terrorist killings than the world at large. Yet apologists would have us believe that has nothing to do with Islam. They'll have a much tougher time trying to convince us that Muslim under-representation in Nobel prizes has nothing to do with Islam.

Why is the Muslim world so behind in science and technology?

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