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17/03/2018 - 2:56pm

A fascinating article about Venice‬ a few hundred years ago when it flourished as the hub of Europe’s trade with the lands to its east and south. It shows how Venice was a meeting point for commerce and culture‬, especially with the Muslim World.

17/03/2018 - 2:29pm

If you think medical advice on healthy living - good nutrients, exercise and stress free existence is a modern medical practice, you might want to think again and join us to discover 5 medical books from 1,000 years ago that explored those exact topics.  

16/03/2018 - 2:32pm

1001 Inventions ran a creative writing competition that had writers from all over the world invited to submit a fictional short story based on the real lives of one of eleven scholars, adventurers and pioneers from Muslim civilisation. The stories of the winners in each category appear in this anthology, along with three other selected stories from the shortlisted entries.

16/01/2018 - 9:22am

Throughout history, trade routes played a central role in the transfer of goods and exchange of ideas between different parts of the world. The historic Silk Roads, which were a network of trade routes across land and sea that connected the lands from China across Asia to the Meditteranean...

21/12/2017 - 9:23am

Along the road from sympathetic magic and shamanism to scientific method, much trailblazing was carried out over a few centuries by scholars, alchemists, physicians and polymaths of the Muslim Middle East, and their rules, procedures and expectations are, to a great extent, practiced almost universally today.

19/12/2017 - 11:19am

Fully automated environmentally friendly water raising devices, pumps, windmills and more! Discover some of the most facinating devices from the Golden Age of Muslim Civilisation that brought creative innovative ideas helping to drive agriculture and industries from southern Spain to China.

18/12/2017 - 6:06pm

At the height of the Golden Age of Muslim Civilisation, the Arabic language was the lingua franca that served as the language of science, poetry, literature, governance and art. A big movement of translation of Greek, Roman and other ancient books of science, philosophy and literature into Arabic gave a push for the continued success of Arabic taking centre stage of the old world. 

03/10/2017 - 2:19pm

From Ibn Al-Haytam’s optical lenses to a mosque lamp of Amir Qawsun, Muslim Civilisation played a major role in inspiring the growth of the glass industry.  Mosques, houses and cities were transformed into centres of rich decoration with glass. Muslim Civilisation turned a craft into an industry, employing large numbers of workers.

01/10/2017 - 10:59am

Last year news regarding the discovery of a ring found on a Viking woman with the inscription 'To Allah' erupted in the media. Some named it the “mysterious ring”, some actively debated and made up theories of how or why it arrived in Sweden. It is worth noting however that this was not the only contact documented between the Viking and Muslim Civilisation.

18/08/2017 - 10:37am

Professor Glen Cooper discusses the Golden Age of Muslim Civilisation. During the European Dark Ages, when science, art and literature seemed to flounder for centuries, there actually was a lot of discover in places like Iraq, Persia and Syria. Professor Cooper explains how science of medicine, mathematics and astronomy flourished.

09/08/2017 - 11:12am

Over a thousand-year period in Muslim Civilisation, epoch-making discoveries such as the first record of a star system outside our own galaxy were made, and astronomical instruments were developed laying the foundation for modern-day astronomy. These included celestial globes, armillary spheres, sextants and astrolabes.

02/03/2016 - 2:23pm

World Book Day is a yearly event first week of March, "designated by UNESCO as a worldwide celebration of books and reading, and marked in over 100 countries all over the world"*. On this occasion we highlight important 'must read books' from 1001 Inventions.

27/07/2015 - 8:12pm

Visitors to the China Science Festival in Beijing sample “Ibn al-Haytham‬’s ‪‎EyeScura‬” - a pin hole camera obscura at the "1001 Inventions and the World of Ibn Al-Haytham" Zone.

24/07/2015 - 11:20am

China’s largest science festival launches with the new production “1001 Inventions and the World of Ibn Al-Haytham” as an anchor exhibition. 11th century Arab scholar Ibn al-Haytham was also unveiled as the official mascot of the 2015 China Science Festival.

24/07/2015 - 11:10am

1001 Inventions releases new photograph of the late actor Omar Sharif on the set of the film “1001 Inventions and the World of Ibn Al-Haytham” releasing later this year.

11/03/2015 - 12:57pm

Following a heart-warming welcome by the people of Kuwait, the ‪1001 Inventions‬ exhibition closed its doors to visitors after a month long residency at the Scientific Center of Kuwait.

11/03/2015 - 11:36am

Al-Jazari's "The Book Of Knowledge Of Ingenious Mechanical Devices"

09/03/2015 - 12:01pm

Remembering Women from the Golden Age of Muslim Civilisation.

05/03/2015 - 12:46pm

1001 Inventions exhibition in Scientific Center in Kuwait will be open to the public until 7 March 2015.

05/03/2015 - 10:00am

‪‎Art‬ reconnects with ‪‎science‬ in honour of ‪‎IbnAlHaytham‬ at‪‎1001inventions‬ exhibition at The Scientific Center Of Kuwait at a special event celebrating the 1,000 years anniversary of the work of Ibn Al Haytham marking ‪‎UNESCO‬ ‪‎IYL2015‬