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Discriminatory policies adopted in the United States after 11 September 2001 are slowing the growth of science in the Muslim world, says science writer Ahmed Dirie in a letter to Nature.

Many US institutions have closed their doors to Muslim scientists since the terrorist attacks. In many Muslim countries, corruption and dynastic practices prevent science developing beyond marathon conferences and the establishment of skeleton institutions.

US scientists should lobby their government and collaborate with colleagues in the Islamic world, Dirie argues. And Muslim scientists should press their governments to set up relevant research and development programmes and to spend more of their petrochemical wealth on science.

Link to letter in Nature

Reference: Nature 425, 237 (2003)