In both pieces, we're reminded of how science education across the Islamic world omits any reference to evolution – in Turkey, creationism has been on the rise for decades, in Lebanon evolution has been left off the curriculum since the mid-'90s, while teachers will often ignore advice to teach about evolution in Egypt and Pakistan. And even the media is busy representing the facts – from the Boston Globe, we learn that Al Jazeera's Arab language site (not their English site, mind) reported the recent discovery of the fossil Ardi, or Ardipithecus ramidus, thought to be the oldest known human ancestor, under the headline "Ardi Refutes Darwin's Theory":
"American scientists have presented evidence that Darwin's theory of evolution was wrong. The team announced yesterday that Ardi's discovery proves that humans did not evolve from ancestors that resemble chimpanzees, which refutes the longstanding assumption that humans evolved from monkeys."
“There is a group of followers who are commissioned to write the books. For every book, they will take a few key sources written by Christian creationist authors, mostly from the US. They plagiarise the chapters and paragraphs that agree with their creationist approach. Then they add the photos, a few ayat from the Koran, and sometimes a bit of a commentary. None of the ideas belong to Oktar.”