Egyptian Scholar Takes a Painstaking Path Between Islam and Science

Egyptian Scholar Negotiates a Painstaking Path Between Islam and Science 1

Thomas Brown for The Chronicle

Gamal Serour founded a center for population studies at al-Azhar U., in Egypt.

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Thomas Brown for The Chronicle

Gamal Serour founded a center for population studies at al-Azhar U., in Egypt.

Centuries ago, al-Azhar University represented the pinnacle of scientific as well as religious knowledge in the Arab world. Today it wants to reclaim that heritage and produce leading research. But academics at the venerable Islamic institution must sometimes walk a delicate line between religion and science.

Gamal Serour, founder of the International Islamic Center for Population Studies and Research, is well practiced at this balancing act.

Dr. Serour, who is also a