Golden Age Of Islam Presents World With 1001 Inventions

If 1001 Arabian Nights provided us with a romanticized and idealized version of the Arab world, 9/11 was certainly a stark wake-up call to a harsher view of Muslim life. Over the last 10 years, processing these two extremes has been difficult for many of us. With that said, an exhibit like the one featured at the London Museum of Science and Industry is sure to open our eyes to the great contributions made by Islamic civilizations over the course of the last millennium.

The 1001 Inventions Exhibition launched on January 21, 2010 is a global educational initiative that promotes awareness of the scientific and cultural achievements of Muslim civilization, during the thousand year period from the 7th century forward, and how those inventions helped build the foundations of our modern world. In association with the Jameel Foundation, the exhibit will remain in London until June 30, 2010.

The exhibition features displays detailing well-known Islamic innovations in the fields of science, mathematics and astronomy, but there are also interesting contributions from a number of unsung heroines as well. For example, Fatima al Fihri, a ninth-century Muslim woman inherited money from her merchant father and then reinvested it to architecturally design and build the University of Qarawiyyin in Fez, Morocco, considered to be the oldest university in the world, not just the Islamic world.

Ben KingsleyBen KingsleyOscar-winning actor Sir Ben Kingsley lends his services to a short film about the scientific advances of Muslim civilization. In the film, a group of British school children are led on an intiguing journey through the Golden Age of Muslim civilization by the actor, who transforms into the famed engineer Al-Jazari.  The movie provides an eye-opening introduction to the 1001 Inventions initiative that will be the centerpiece for the global touring exhibition.

A model of Zheng He’s junk ship seems, at first glance, like so many one encounters in maritime museums across the world. But a closer inspection reveals the insightful story behind the 14th-century vessel that the Muslim admiral used on several exploration voyages. It was, by the standards of the time, a superstructure. Legend has it He’s treasure ship was more than 100 meters long with nine masts and four decks – considered the largest wooden ship ever in the history of man.

Working with the world's leading academics, 1001 Inventions engages with the public through educational media and interactive global exhibitions, in an effort to highlight the shared cultural and technological inheritance of humanity. An average of 3,000 visitors a day are visiting the exhibition, and the feedback from the audience has been overwhelmingly positive to date.

The discoveries made by men and women emanating from Islamic civilizations over the years has left its mark on the way the rest of the world lives today. 1001 Inventions uncovers a thousand years of science and technology that had a huge but sometimes hidden impact on the modern world. For those that want to learn more about the exhibition through social media, check out the exhibition's Facebook and Twitter accounts.



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Apr 17, 2010
by Anonymous

Nothing for the last couple

Nothing for the last couple of hundred years then?

Apr 18, 2010
by Ron Callari

Nothing for the last couple of years

They got tired!

Apr 19, 2010
by Anonymous


lol @ they got tired

all civilisation rise and fall.....some fall and dissappear like the romans persians blah blah.....i think we'll be back!

also while those inventions were going on the moral standards we're also progressiong unlike other places in the world where technological advancement has a correlation with less morality....higher prison rates, divorces, especially less people eating together! real advancement and progression is on the social harmony front!

Jul 25, 2010
by Anonymous

lol@ i think we'll be back

whatever new advances muslims now make will be on the back of great non islamic inventions ..i'e the car (in order to go to their science labs ) ,the internet (in order to share ideas with other likeminded islamic inventors) ,genetic sciences ( in order to be scientify ) etc....
and in addition it is the height of hypocrasy for any muslim to point the finger at the social ills of non islamic states when their own states are far from perfect!..let alone the present ills of islamic regimes one can look at the history of the prophet to see islamic social issues are far from harmonious ..i.e ..the permission to marry minors,the permission to kill or at least punish apostates,the permission for men to marry 4 wives without extending the same permission to women,the permission of fathers of adopted sons to cause the breakup of their adopted sons in order to marry their wives,the belief in flying mules (nothing to do with social science but just to point out a muslim is requiered to believe in these mythical creatures ) etc.

Dec 10, 2011
by Anonymous

"lol@ i think we'll be back"

You're white mate, I don't think you can tell Muslims what their civilisation is like given that when whites make technological developments they use it for the evils for the world (like gas chambers and oppressing non whites in non white nations). I mean the entirety of white history is just about the consequences of genocide and racism.

At least Muslims used technology for the purposes of good and no Muslim should ever let the feelings of the white man influence how they think. Whites are very hypocritical. Racism is an integral part of their culture and then they have the nerve to call themselves "civilised" - oh...

(And yes, I do realise there are white Muslims but you people don't count them as "white" because you hate them for adopting non white cultures. The white identity is very harmful for the human race).