The Islamic world does not innovate when it relates to science, technology, medicine, physics, chemistry, biology, cosmology, etc. etc. Hence the reason for their low manufacturing output of viable goods that people use in their day-to-day life (excluding oil, originally discovered by the Americans and the British). The low output also relates to the absence of democratic principles and the freedom of speech among their citizens.
Sadly, the emphasis on religious fanaticism, terrorism, cave mentality and corruption will continue to deprive some of the most capable people of the Islamic world to become productive citizens of this Earth.
The results of the recently released “2015 Global Innovation Index” that covers 141 countries shows that Switzerland, the United Kingdom (UK), Sweden, the Netherlands and the USA are the world’s five most-innovative nations.
However, in terms of “Innovation Quality” as measured by scholarly articles, university performance and the patent applications, the USA holds the top spot followed by the UK, Japan, Germany, and Switzerland.
2015 Top 20 Countries in Global Innovation
United Kingdom 2
Hong Kong 11
South Korea 14
New Zealand 15
Source – The Global Innovation Index 2015is the collaboration between Cornell University, INSEAD, and the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) as co-publishers, and their Knowledge Partners.