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Collateral Damage

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Science  26 Oct 2001:
Vol. 294, Issue 5543, pp. 766-768
DOI: 10.1126/science.294.5543.766

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Increasing ties with Western colleagues over the past decade have allowed researchers in many Islamic countries to convince their leaders of the value of science. Now the war in Afghanistan and rising tensions in the Middle East have temporarily put these efforts on hold, posing a significant interruption to what in the last few years has been a loosening of the ideological shackles on Islamic science. Some fear that there will be a permanent setback if the Afghan war drags on too long, although Western scientists hope to strengthen their nascent links to the Islamic world once the crisis is over.