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FSTC Newsletter Issue 11: January 2015
Dear readers of our Newsletter, Another year has passed and a new one has commenced with more successes and challenges to our noble mission. Professor Gomati and I would like to take this...
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FSTC at Second International Conference in Sharjah
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UNESCO Announces 1001 Inventions Partnership
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The Scientific Center of Kuwait to Host 1001 Inventions in 2015
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BSA presents prestigious award to Dr Anne-Maria Brennan
The British Science Association (BSA) awarded Dr Anne-Maria Brennan with the Sir Walter Bodmer Award. Dr Anne-Maria Brennan is board member of FSTC and Chairperson of CE4tF.
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The Transfer of Science Between India, Europe and China via Muslim Heritage
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Black History Month: African contributions to Muslim Civilisation
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The Courtyard Houses of Syria
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The Fate of Manuscripts in Iraq and Elsewhere
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PICTURE GALLERIES

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Figure 1: Map of Iraq, showing the location of Mosul in the northern provinces.
Figure 2: Quran frontpiece from Mosul dated to 710 H. (Source).
Figure 3: Siege of Mosul (1261–1262) in Jami' al-tawarikh, by Rashid-al-Din Hamadani, painting dated 1430. Bibliothèque nationale de France, Département des Manuscrits, Division orientale, Supplément persan, MS 1113, fol. 190. (Source).
Figure 4: Coin of Badruddin Lu‘lu (bronze, 8.81 g) minted in Mosul in the Zangid period, 521-648 H/ 1127-1250 CE. Harvard Art Museums, Department of Islamic and Later Indian Art, Division of Asian and Mediterranean Art. (Source).
Figure 5: Scene from an Arabic version of Dioscorides' Materia Medica depicting Dioscorides and a disciple holding a mandrake, by Yusuf al Mawsili (Mosul, 1228 CE), in the Topkapi Palace Library in Istanbul. (Source).
Figure 6: Munajat (Confidential Talks) of 'Ali ibn Abu-Talib in a non-illustrated manuscript dated ca. 1200 CE, from Iraq, possibly Mosul. Ink, gold, and opaque watercolor on paper; morocco leather binding. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, accession number 1995.324. The similarity of the calligraphy of its title and the surrounding illuminated scrolls to another manuscript dated and attributed to Mosul provides the basis for attributing this piece. (Source).
Image 1 Figure 7a-b: Two images from the illustrated manuscript of Kitab al-diryaq from Mosul School, mid-13th century CE; Vienna, Nationalbibliothek, MS AF 10: (a). A Seljuq court (Source 1); (b) a scene with animals. (Source 2). The treatise is an Arabic biographical dictionary, of which the content concerns the theriac, the famed 'universal antidote' of Antiquity. The book's unifying feature as a collective biography is the physicians' contribution to the development of the theriac; each physician's recipe follows his biography.
Image 2 Figure 7a-b: Two images from the illustrated manuscript of Kitab al-diryaq from Mosul School, mid-13th century CE; Vienna, Nationalbibliothek, MS AF 10: (a). A Seljuq court (Source 1); (b) a scene with animals. (Source 2). The treatise is an Arabic biographical dictionary, of which the content concerns the theriac, the famed 'universal antidote' of Antiquity. The book's unifying feature as a collective biography is the physicians' contribution to the development of the theriac; each physician's recipe follows his biography.
Figure 1: A page showing a sophisticated zīj table from Ibn al-Majdi, Al-Durr al-Yatim fi Sina'at al-Falak wa Taqwim, also known as Zij ibn al-Majdi, treatise on astronomy, copied by Ali bin Yusuf al-Rifa'i al-Tuluni, North Africa, dated 1064 H/1653 CE.
Figure 2a-b: A page showing respectively high quality astronomical drawings and the colophon, from the manuscript of Ibn al-Majdi's treatise Irshad al-ha'ir ila takhtit fadl al-da'ir (Guide to the Right Path for the Perplexed in Drawing [Lines] of Surplus of Turn'). Treatise on drawing horary lines on the sundials in three parts: on horizontal sundials; on vertical sundials; on oblique sundials, copied by 'Ali bin Hasan, Near East, dated 886 H/1481 CE.
Figure 2a-b: A page, showing respectively high quality astronomical drawings and the colophon, from the manuscript of Ibn al-Majdi's treatise Irshad al-ha'ir ila takhtit fadl al-da'ir (Guide to the Right Path for the Perplexed in Drawing [Lines] of Surplus of Turn'). Treatise on drawing horary lines on the sundials in three parts: on horizontal sundials; on vertical sundials; on oblique sundials, copied by 'Ali bin Hasan, Near East, dated 886 H/1481 CE.

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