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Brainchild of the Foundation for Science Technology and Civilisation, ‘1001 Inventions’ is a unique experiment, raising awareness and encouraging debate on the contribution Muslims have made to civilisation through science and technology. The exhibition is the tip of an iceberg – a sign post to...
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In this article, we give highlights of three main founders of Experimental Chemistry: Jabir Ibn Hayyan, Al-Razi and Al-Majriti. Jabir Ibn Hayyan One of the points raised by Holmyard, which was fundamental to chemistry, and to the development of science in general, is the development of its...
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Advances in Muslim chemistry led to the development of Muslim pharmacology, Al-Razi, for instance, acting to promote the medical uses of chemical compounds.  Sabur Ibn Sahl (d 869), it was, however, who was the first physician to initiate pharmacopoeia, describing a large variety of drugs...
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Elaborating on the Islamic agricultural revolution, Watson holds that the picture that emerges is that of `a large unified region which for three or four centuries, and in places still longer, was unusually receptive to all that was new. It was also unusually able to diffuse novelties: both to...
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Agriculture as we know it today has its roots in Muslim history and Muslims drive for purification and better standard of living for society. Muslim farming manuals conveyed much of the expertise that was available. Ways and methods for increasing production and productivity, and maintaining...
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Most eminent Muslim astronomers include Al-Battani, al-Sufi, al-Biruni, and Ibn Yunus. Al-Battani (d 929) known to Europe as Albategni or Albatenius was the author of the Sabian tables (al-Zij al-Sabi), a work which had great impact on his successors, Muslim and Christian, in equal measure. His...
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Astronomical observation in Islamic times reached beyond what much of scholarship gives it credit for. Many aspects of it were pioneering as can be observed from few extracts on the life and works of al-Battani by Carra de Vaux. The merit of al-Battani, the De Vaux points out, is to pioneer the use...
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Without going into the detail of such article, but just to add to some points already made, Krisciunas reminds us that Uluh Beg is to be remembered not for his princely role, but for his role as patron of astronomy, an astronomer, and observatory builder. His distinction was that he was one of...
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Reservoirs By far, the most original Muslim reservoirs are to be found in tmhe region of Qayrawan in Tunisia. A lengthy (about 270 pages) account of such structures is offered by the French Solignac. These reservoirs, possibly for their high aesthetics, and like many other Islamic...
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Amidst the Turkish men of the sea of great repute, Piri Reis is by far the one with the greatest legacy. The famous (Piri Reis's) map of America, which is a genuine document, not a hoax of any kind, was made in Islanbul in the early 16th Century. It focuses on the western coast of Africa, the...
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