Originally Posted by greenhill
I would distinguish two tendencies:
1. Influence of western culture on muslim countries which displaces Islam.
2. Reasonable evolution of Islam in a changing world.
Western culture, being at the moment more advanced in technologies, appears more attractive and together with technologies brings in it's values, in example:
Hollywood movies, because of it's gorgeous visual effects technologies, is very attractive for audience, same time is a very effective propaganda tool. Attempts to censor it only increases interests in it. The best response would be to make same gorgeous Islamic movies.
The reluctant and fearful approach to scientific research and technologies in general puts muslim countries behind the west and later makes them dependent of, ie regarding nuclear power plants,
many countries now paying billions of dollars to US and Russia for building nuclear plants which remains under their control.
Both Chernobyl and Fukusima tragedies happen because of corruption, during expluatation in the first case (to please a friend of manager reactor was turned on without waiting two days to let jodine isotope decay) and during coordination of the project for the second case (group of engineers was refusing to sign the project and was fired instead of being listen), which would never happen if would be done in accordance to engineering ethics in Islam.