by Maha Youssuf, an independent Egyptian journalist and writer
by an Amazon.co.uk Customer, from London
by Qasim A. Moini, Dawn.com [PDF]
Reviews at MuslimHeritage.com
My view of 1001 Inventions: Muslim Heritage in Our World, written by Salim T. S. al-Hassani (Mechanical Engineering, UMIST, Manchester-UK). Hon. Chairman Foundation for Science, Technology and Civilization, UK . Ever bothered to learn about the true origins of code breaking, the three Course Meals, treatment through music, cappuccino, archs- torpedoes, trick devices, spas, perfumes, musical instruments, cameras and many more of our modern life essentials and luxuries??!!The minute I started reading 1001 Inventions: The Muslim Heritage in Our World, written by Salim T. S. al-Hassani (chief editor); Elizabeth Woodcock, and Dr. Rabah Saoud (co-editors), couldn’t put it down before I was done with all of its chapters. It’s neither religious, nor politically motivated, but an unquestionably important book that unfolds myriads of secrets and facts about our daily life matters, ranging from home remedies to astronomical discoveries and physical or chemical observations, the foundations of which were laid by Muslims but were mistakenly attributed to the Renaissance.Those of you who watched the BBC’s Islamic History of Europe, or What the Muslims Did for Us, can figure out much of what the book is about. It’s more of a guidebook taking you on a journey through 7 marvelously organised chapters detailing numerous state of the art inventions by Muslim Scholars, Scientists, Physists, and Fashionists. It’s some sort of an exhibition displaying the achievements of a 1000 years of missing history, depicting real manuscripts from the Muslims Golden Civilization in which they included their eye witness accounts of life at their times, together with excerpts from Western Books, and speeches of iconic figures in various fields, endorsing the Muslims’ life-enhancing contributions to this world and the fine touch they left in each and every aspect of our modern life.Although it’s a 2006 release, the acclaimed work, published by the Foundation for Science Technology and Civilization (UK), is still touring the world, visiting international museums, and attending global conferences on cultural interaction and religious tolerance, drawing the attention of a variety of world organisations as well as political, religious and cultural icons to the groundbreaking inventions of the Muslim Civilization. It was even endorsed by Tony Blair, the Ex British Premier at a special meeting of Arab ambassadors. 1001 Inventions: The Muslim Heritage in Our World, is not just a book, it’s a campaign that includes an education program, a website, and an exhibition which was first held in Manchester, England, and was attended by over 80,000 people in the first three months of its launch.The book, which triggered a great boom in the Western World, especially in the UK sold out its first print run in no time. The first edition, however, had a few typo, grammatical, and spelling mistakes, that were corrected in the second edition. In my opinion, no other book could do greater justice to the Muslim heritage than did 1001 Inventions: The Muslim Heritage in Our World. It’s a bit lengthy coffee-table book, so don’t expect to finish it in one sitting, but it’s a marvelous read that worth the time you’ll invest in it.
Shockingly Brilliant and Absorbing!
by an Amazon.co.uk Customer
A brilliantly compiled and gripping encyclopedia of knowledge, which will have the reader wanting to know more. This book is essential reading for students and for those seeking to understand Islam and the Muslim peoples. A must read in my humble opinion for anyone who is interested in history, science and culture. I just could not put it down! Informative would be an understatement.. It's got quality written all over it. Made from quality glossy paper, it's definitely worth the price I paid for it, and I intend to buy more copies for my family and friends. It's beautifully illustrated, full of wonderful photographs, maps and diagrams. It's main theme and core is highlighting Muslim Scientists, Thinkers and Artists, and their contributions in our world. Its simple layout makes it a most enjoyable read. What really intrigued me was that `The Foundation for Science, Technology and Civilisation (FSTC)' has authenticated, and published this book. It contains an ocean of facts, especially things we take for granted in our daily lives:
- Who would have thought that it was through early Muslim advancements in science and culture that went on to lay the foundations/cornerstones of the European Renaissance, the Enlightenment, and modern Western society.
- Who would have thought it was in translation from Arabic, not the original Greek, that knowledge of Greek philosophy became prominent in Christian thought.
- Who would have thought that Western mathematics are based on Arabic numerals and calculations. Never!! I hear you all shout? Sadly I thought the same.. Truth can be stranger than fiction, and very hard to stomach.
- Who would have thought that `Coffee' is actually a Muslim discovery, and the word is derived from the Arabic word Al-Qawah (Café).
- Who would have thought that the word `Checkmate' is actually Persian in origin and a corruption of Shah Mat (The king is dead).
- Who would have thought that paper and gun powder was brought to Europe by Muslims via the Muslim lands.
- Who would have thought that the first Libraries, Hospitals and Universities were created by the Muslims.
- Who would have thought that it was the Muslims who first brought and cultivated in Europe many crops and fruits from far lands as China and India, ranging from oranges, bananas, rice, cotton, sugar cane, silk and spices.
- Unbelievably, the list goes on!
This book I am not ashamed to admit has managed to remove many prejudices that I held previously against Islam and its contribution to human life and the world. It has given me a whole new outlook to Islam, and has brought about a sense of respect, admiration and gratitude to all those great Muslim contributions that have brought about the quality of life that most of us take for granted. After reading this book, I'm sure most people like me will be convinced that Western civilization owes a huge dept to the Islamic culture. Without their contribution, sacrifices and efforts, we in the West would probably still be living in the dark ages.
1001 Inventions - an Enlightening Book!
by a Squidoo.com Member
"Science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind." Albert Einstein
No, this is not a typo of 1001 arabian nights. 1001 Inventions is an initiative of the Foundation for Science Technology and Civilization. 1001 Inventions is also a book. Indeed it is a gem that should be owned by every human who cares about the education of him/herself and that of his/his children. At the very least every school, every university and every institution around the world should have one! It is a summary of over a thousand years of our human history. It literarily sheds light into the so called 'Dark Ages'.
I was fortunate to study in four different countries - I love learning and I love education. Sharing this book with you is one of my ways to positively contribute to our society. It is an attempt to educate ourselves so that we can challenge our current, manmade educational system, and work together towards improving it. The dictionary lists manmade as a synonym of 'artificial' and as an antonyms of 'natural'!
It always amazes me how quick people are to question and judge the ancient teachings whether it is Islam, Christianity, Judaism or Hinduism (Buddhism, or rather bits and pieces of it, seems to be in fashion now, hence not included here!) - of which usually know very little, but blindly follow manmade systems and rules.
My experience so far, at school and at work, has shown over and over that people who more prone to being kind, loving, helpful and understanding human beings are those who have embodied at least some of the teachings of our Creator, the All-knowing, the perfectly Wise.
One of my favorite quotes is from Einstein who wrote in his article, published in New York Times Magazine in 1930 "science with religion is lame, religion without science is blind." History shows that Islam is a faith which has succeeded for over 1,000 years to combine in its teaching and practice religion and science. The facts gathered in this book show evidence to that.
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