You mean besides sanity? What Might be Missing in the Muslim World?

In April this year, the Grand Mufti of Egypt, Shaykh ‘Ali Gomaa, told an interviewer what he meant as a flat statement of fact: that there are no female heart surgeons, as such work required strength and other capabilities that no woman possesses. He put it this way:

“You may have noticed that there is not a single female heart surgeon in the world… It’s amazing. It’s peculiar. Why do you think that there are none? Because it requires great physical effort — beyond what a woman is capable of. That’s in general. Along comes a woman who challenges this, and she succeeds in becoming a surgeon. But she is one woman among several million male surgeons.”

Now even a child could have carried out a simple Google search and realized that there are countless female surgeons and many female heart surgeons. It would not have taken long to find, for example, the US Association of Women Surgeons, which includes heart surgeons — and that would have settled his hash. But apparently deep-seated, pre-formed judgements about women’s abilities prevented Gomaa from using whatever powers of reasoning and intelligence he may possess.

Sadly, there often seems a profound absence of scientific probing within the Muslim world.

  • Ed

    a jew masquerading as the mufti?

    • David Murrell

      Probably the first anti-Semitic post I’ve seen on this BCF site.

  • Martin B

    He’s not just any mufti, he’s the Grand Mufti!

    • Clink9

      I accidentally stepped in some mufti the other day.

    • He’s the Mufto di tutti Mufti!

      • David Murrell

        You guys post some funny wisecracks…they make my day.

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  • Spatchcocked

    And there are no female muftis either….but that’s because women don’t have the recquisite smarts…….

    See ? It’s kinda self explanatory.

    • marty_p

      The male muftis prevent the females from showing their muftis too.

  • “It seems reasonable to assume that levels of intelligence are pretty well the same around the world, regardless of race, gender, or religious affiliation. As human beings, we share the same brainpower, just as we share all other physical functions. Mercifully, earlier views of racial inequality have in most places been replaced by a more fact-based understanding of human characteristics. Today, theories put forward in the last two centuries of a supposed “racial supremacy” of white people have been happily discarded. In democratic societies, white supremacists are universally loathed. “

    What was the point of this paragraph?

  • Tooth&Claw

    Islam is a prison for the mind.

  • Raymond Hietapakka

    Google is tough.

  • occupant 9

    Every single one of those women surgeons, heart and otherwise, are Islamophobes, as are every single one of us that runs from a homicide bomber merely working to extend the hand of Allah to the infidels.

  • JoKeR

    You must not question Islamic “science”. It’s nothing to lose your head over.

  • It’s absolutely true. They simply don’t care about facts. It’s the whole “face culture” thing. The conclusion exists. All “facts” must conform to the conclusion. Small example: I’ve seen a Muslim casually assert that Saudi has the safest driving in the world, as if everyone knew this. Now this, here, in the video, is an actual thing in Saudi. (Go to Youtube and look up “Saudi drifting”. And read the comments. They think it’s cool.)
    30 seconds of googling can get anybody the stats on how nightmarishly dangerous Saudi drivers are. But that doesn’t matter. Because Saudi must be the best, therefore their driving must be perfect. The Best In The World!

    This is why they’re so addicted to conspiracy theories. The world does not flatter them. Therefore the world consists of a bunch of zionist lies. Why look up information? Unwelcome information is simply proof that you are a victim and your enemies control… everything.

    • Drunk_by_Noon

      One thing all expats all talk about is how awful Saudi drivers are, and how lazy and unimaginative (a kind way of saying stupid) Saudi men are in general.
      Their drivers are notorious the-world-over.