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How Muslims Have Imagined Life in the Universe
Virtual Talk by Jorg Matthias Determann from Virginia Commonwealth University, School of the Arts in Qatar: Historians of the extraterrestrial life debate have tended to focus on countries dominated by Christianity, largely excluding the Muslim world. However, state-supported scientists from Morocco to Qatar, Kazakhstan and Pakistan have all participated in the phenomenal global growth of exoplanet research and astrobiology, the study of life in the universe. Censorship has arguably encouraged authors to disguise criticism of contemporary politics by setting plots in future times and alien societies. But conservative and literal readings of the Qur'an with its phrase "lord of the worlds" have allowed by the imagination of a boundless cosmos full of planets and creatures.