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 opportunity to send you a short but sincere message on behalf of the Board, the staff and the wider family of FSTC. We are blessed with a fantastic team and a wonderful galaxy of supporters.

We would urge you to visit our websites to see the various articles published and the numerous activities organised.

May this New Year bring you immense happiness and Baraka in all that you do. May your aspirations and hopes succeed.

New Year Message from Prof. Salim Al-Hassani, FSTC President,
and Prof. Mohammed El-Gomati, OBE, FSTC Chairman

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Upcoming 2015 Productions of 1001 Inventions


FSTC and CE4tF at The Second International Conference on Arabs’ and Muslims’ History of Sciences

FSTC and CE4tF are very pleased to have participated in the Second International Conference on Arabs’ and Muslims’ History of Science and the eleventh Conference on the Space Sciences and Astronomy. The conference was organised jointly with the Arab Union of Astronomy and Space Sciences as part of the scientific and cultural activities in the Emirate of Sharjah, designated as “The City of Sharjah, Cultural Capital of the Muslim World, 2014”. Read More...


FSTC at Turkish Innovation Week in Ankara, Turkey

President of FSTC, Professor Salim Al-Hassani, was invited as keynote speaker at the “Turkish Innovation Week” in Ankara. This event was organised by the by the Turkish Exporters’ Association named TIM. The main focus of this event was to promote greater levels of entrepreneurship and innovation in Turkey with the main body of attendees at the event being third level students from universities in Turkey. The remainder of the attendees consisted of senior business people with a background in innovation and technology and senior members of the Government. Professor Salim Al-Hassani delivered an inspiring speech entitled A 1000 years of innovation for a New Business Paradigms. Read More...


Rotterdam to host major 1001 Inventions Exhibition

The award-winning blockbuster exhibition 1001 Inventions is to enjoy its Dutch premiere in Rotterdam this summer, as part of a five month residency, at the Post Kantoor venue in the heart of the city. The show, which has welcomed more than five million people on its international tour, introduces visitors to the scientific and cultural achievements of Muslim Civilisation during the thousand year period known as its “Golden Age”. Venue and Location at Post Kantoor, Rotterdam. Opening in 29th August 2014 till 11th January 2015. Read More...


British Science Association presents prestigious award to Chairperson of CE4tF

The British Science Association has presented the Chairperson of CE4tF, Dr Anne-Maria Brennan, with the Sir Walter Bodmer Award. The Sir Walter Bodmer Award is given to acknowledge the contribution members make by giving up their time to advance the aims of the BSA, which  works to develop links between scientists of all disciplines and the public so that advances in science can be understood. Read More...


New Malaysian Exhibition Opened in Terengganu Trade Centre, Kuala Terengganu

The exhibition was officially opened by the country’s Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Education, Tan Sri Dato’ Haji Muhyiddin bin Mohd Yassin, who is also the patron of 1001 Inventions in Malaysia, at a lavish ceremony held at the host venue. Read More...


FSTC to host Women of Science workshop, June 2014

In June 2014, The Foundation for Science Technology and Civilisation (FSTC) will be hosting a Turkish delegation attending a workshop entitled ‘Women of Science and Management in History’. The two day workshop, 24th and 25th June 2014, follows on from sessions held in Istanbul in October 2013 and is part of a collaborative project between FSTC, UK and the Human Development and Social Education Foundation (iGETEV), Turkey. Read More...


CE4tF at the British Science Festival 2014

CE4tF will be hosting an event at this year’s British Science Festival in Birmingham. Join us with Professor Jim Al-Khalili and Dr. Andrea Sella as they travel into the past to explore the historical roots and remarkable men and women, behind popular scientific ideas and theories. Using practical demonstrations, Professor Al-Khalili and Dr. Sella introduce you to the historical roots behind various scientific ideas and theories and the scientists, to whom we owe credit for bringing these ideas to light. Witness a demonstration of the finest alchemy and see base metals being turned into ‘gold’, as if by magic! We hope to see you at Journey in the Library of Secrets on Wednesday 10th September 2015,4.00pm at the Lecture Theatre S02, Poynting Physics Building, University of Birmingham. Read More...


1001 Inventions launched exhibition in Riyadh

1001 Inventions launches award-winning exhibition in Riyadh for a one-month residency. The 1001 Inventions exhibition in Riyadh is a main attraction at Saudi Aramco’s iThra Knowledge Programme – one of the programmes organized by King AbdulAziz Center for World Culture. The exhibition, which was declared the world’s best by the European museums Industry, will be open at the Riyadh International Convention and Exhibition Centre until the 29th of August 2014. Read More...


Dialogue of Civilisations: From Ancient Maya to the Islamic world

As a means to explore ancient civilisations contributions to modern civilisation, the National Geographic Society, The Foundation for Science, Technology and Civilisation (FSTC) and supporting organisations attended the “Dialogue of Civilisations International Symposium” held in Turkey this May, 2014. Read More...


CE4tF awarded Charity Status!

We are proud to announce Curriculum Enrichment for the Future is now a registered charity! CE4tF recently received formal confirmation of their new charity status from the Charity Commission. CE4tF will be continuing with our commitment to activities and services aimed at enriching school curricula here in the UK and abroad, with the true and accurate roots of science and history. Read More...


1001 Inventions to launch Brazil Schools Programme

1001 Inventions announces Brazil Schools Programme and a world-premier science show celebrating the scientific and cultural legacy of Muslim Civilisation in Brazil. Launching in September 2014, the 1001 Inventions Brazil Schools Programme will engage schools across the country with a new range of educational classroom activities and science fairs delivered in partnership with Qatar Museums, the Qatar Brazil 2014 Year of Culture and Brazil's renowned Institute of Butanta. Read More...


Lessons from the past: science and rationalism in medieval Islam

In a bid to shed light on the often overlooked Muslim contribution to the history of science, long-term trustee and supporter of Foundation for Science (FSTC), Technology and Civilisation, Professor Jim al-Khalili, presented the 2014 Voltaire Lecture based on ‘Lessons from the past: science and rationalism in medieval Islam’, Tuesday, April 15th 2014. Read More...


Sharjah Royal opening for 1001 Inventions

His Highness Dr Shaikh Sultan Bin Mohammad Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah, inaugurated a 1001 Inventions exhibition on Tuesday 15th April 2014. The interactive 1001 Inventions exhibition themed “Discovering Our Past – Inspiring Our Future” highlights over one thousand years of scientific and cultural achievements made during the Golden Age of Muslim civilization. The exhibition will be open for visitors until May 15 the Sharjah Expo Centre.. Read More...


President of FSTC with Dick and Dom in "Absolute Genius" CBBC Programme

Scholar, inventor, mechanical engineer, craftsman and artist Al-Jazari featured on Dick and Dom's "Absolute Genius", Wednesday 26th February at 5:30 pm, CBBC. In a bid to engage pre-school children in the sciences, the BBC launched its second series of the CBBC programme, “Absolute Genius”. This week’s featured ‘Genius’ was renowned engineer Al-Jazari, and included an interview with the President of FSTC, Professor Salim Al-Hassani, at the Bodleian Library. Read More...


1001 Inventions welcomes 450,000 visitors in Jeddah

More than 450,000 people visited an award-winning 1001 Inventions exhibition held in Jeddah during a one month-long residency in the Saudi city, which closed last week. The exhibition highlighted the scientific and technological achievements of Muslim Civilisation, and was an anchor attraction within the Saudi Aramco iThra Knowledge Programme – one of the programmes organized by King AbdulAziz Center for World Culture. Read More...


New Discovery: The Mechanical Water Clock Of Ibn Al-Haytham

FSTC announces their new achievement in the history of Islamic clocks. For the first time, the work of Ibn al-Haytham on the water clock (Maqala fi ‘amal al-binkam) is uncovered and edited from two manuscripts. Whilst work is currently  undertaken to produce a critical edition of the text in a book that will be published in 2015, we are proud to publish a glimpse of this pioneering work of Ibn al-Haytham’s contribution on mechanical clocks. Read More...


ISF Inventions Fair

Curriculum Enrichment for the Future (CE4tF) was delighted to be invited to judge the ISF Annual Inventions Fair, held at the St. Anne’s Library in London. Pupils from years 4, 5 and 6 spent a term researching a Muslim scholar of their choice and recreated their ideas as models, displays, games, plays and quizzes. Read More...


Book Release: Publication of the Complete Critical Edition of Al-Isfizārī’s Corpus of Mechanics

This critical edition of al-Isfizāri's book deals with the field of mechanics, known in the Arabic scientific tradition as "the sciences of weights and ingenious devices" ('Ilmay al-Athqāl wa-‘l-Ḥiyal). On the basis of the extant manuscripts of Al-Isfizari’s works in these two fields, the book introduces the theory of the "steelyard" and its applications, and extensively describes and provides exhaustive details on a large group of mechanical devices. The critical edition of these works is organized into seven parts, producing the first complete version of Al-Isfizari’s contributions to the fields of theoretical and applied mechanics. Read More...


1001 Inventions Asian Premiere in Kuala Lumpur

Malaysia’s Deputy Prime Minister launched the internationally renowned 1001 Inventions show at the National Science Centre today. The award-winning exhibition, which was declared the world’s best by the European museums Industry in 2011, will welcome visitors at Kuala Lumpur’s Pusat Sains Negara until 30th of June 2014. Read More...


The Millennium Anniversary Of Abu al-Qasim al-Zahrawi

In 2013, the world community of scholars celebrated a millennium after the death in 1013 of the renowned Andalusian physician- surgeon Abu al-Qasim al-Zahrawi (Abulcasis). Abu al-Qasim al-Zahrawi is considered one of the Muslim World’s greatest doctors who excelled in various fields of medicine, such as surgery, pharmacology, anatomy, and pediatrics. He had summed up his medical experience in his huge thirty chapters book Al-Tasrif Li-man ‘Ajaza ‘An al-Ta’alif (The disposal of medical knowledge to he who is not able to get it by himself). Read More...


FSTC Launches New Version of Muslim Heritage Website

Greetings! It is our pleasure to welcome you to the new version of our Muslim Heritage website. We have switched it on for a trial period. During the next 3 months we hope to collect visitor’s views to enable us to improve its design, functionality and colour scheme.  Your assistance in providing us constructive criticism will be highly appreciated. Read More...

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