Research Initiatives

Research Initiatives

Science and Scientific Production in the Middle East

CIRS is launching a new research initiative on Science and Scientific Production in the Middle East. Through this research initiative, CIRS aims to, among other things, examine: Islamic ethics and the legitimacy of scientific innovation; science and social inequality in the Middle East; the military-industrial complex and technological advancement; economic policies, consumerism, and scientific Innovation in the Middle East; the social impact of scientific research in the Middle East; the role of women and science in the Arab World; and sanctions and scientific production in the region.

Scholars of history have drawn attention to the significant contributions that the Arab and Muslim world once made to science. Yet today existing statistics on the Middle East point to a baldly different situation when it comes to scientific production and the creation of new, innovative science.  While the contemporary Middle East has been blessed both in terms of its human capital as well as its abundant natural resources, neither of these critical assets has translated into tangible contributions to science and innovation that one would have anticipated.

  • Click here to read about Science and Scientific Production in the Middle East Roundtable
  • Click here to read about Science and Scientific Production in the Middle East Working Group I
  • Click here to read about Science and Scientific Production in the Middle East Working Group II

As part of its Research and Scholarship initiatives, CIRS organizes several ongoing Working Groups that convene in Doha to examine a variety of international issues. The primary purpose of CIRS research initiatives is to fill in existing research gaps, and to contribute towards furthering knowledge on the prevailing issues related to security, economic stability, and the political realm of the region. Each of these projects involves some of the most prominent scholars of the Middle East and the Gulf region. Each scholar participating will be working on a specific sub-topic, under the overarching subject.

CIRS Working Group Meetings