British imam in trouble for defending evolution

The New Scientist reports on a British imam (prayer leader) who is in hot water in his religious community because he defended evolution as being compatible with a non-literally interpreted Quran.

A few notes:

  • I would guess that Usama Hasan defends a version of guided evolution—intelligent design through common descent. Even watered-down compromises like guided evolution are very controversial in some Muslim communities.
  • Explicit (rather than unconsidered default) creationism tends to be stronger in immigrant Muslim communities rather than majority-Muslim countries. The overtones of violence are there precisely because it is a British setting.

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