1001 Inventions Book Continues its Way in the Media: Two Recent Reviews
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Figure 1: Front cover of 1001 Inventions: Muslim Heritage in Our World. Chief Editor Salim al-Hassani; co-editors: Elisabeth Woodcock and Rabah Saoud. Forward by Sir Roland Jackson. Manchester: FSTC, 2006. To buy your copy click here.
In the following, we republish two recent and very elogious reviews of 1001 Inventions: Muslim Heritage in Our World (Chief Editor Salim al-Hassani; co-editors: Elisabeth Woodcock and Rabah Saoud. Forward by Sir Roland Jackson. Manchester: FSTC, 2006). These reviews and others (such that published by Elma Ruth Harder in Islam and Science, vol. 6, 2008, N° 2, pp. 197-199) show that the message of the book continues to filter smoothly in the media, giving rise to large adhesion from various circles, and from individuals, all seeking more mutual respect and understanding between faiths, cultures and communities.
The first review republished below is by Carl Kessler in CarlsBooks on July 9, 2009: 1001 Inventions: Muslim Heritage in Our World, by Salim T. S. Al-Hassani. Carl Kessler, author of the first review on Books I've Read, is vice president of worldwide development with the IBM Software Group. He has led large software development organizations at IBM for more than a decade, primarily in the enterprise content management, systems management, security, and networking arenas.
Prior to his product development assignments, Carl Kessler was with IBM Research where his roles included director of software technology and chief information officer. Carl Kessler is a senior member of the IEEE and holds several patents. He is co-author (with John Sweitzer) of Outside-in Software Development: A Practical Approach to Building Successful Stakeholder-based Products (IBM Press, 2007, 1st edition, Paperback).
Figure 2: Professor Salim Al-Hassani, Chairman of the Board of FSTC and editor in Chief of 1001 Inventions: Muslim Heritage in Our World (Manchester, 2006), presenting award acceptance speech in London on June 5 2009, during The Association of Muslim Social Scientists in the United Kingdom (AMSS - UK) meeting where 1001 Inventions was distinguished by granting it the prestigious Building Bridges Award for 2009. See 1001 Inventions Distinguished in London by the AMSS (UK).
The second review appeared in the Turkish newspaper Today's Zaman (Istanbul): A book on Muslim contributions to science provides solution to identity crisis by Kerim BALCI (PDF Version) on 14 June 2009. Today's Zaman is one of the major English-language daily newspapers circulating in Turkey. Established on January 16, 2007, it is the third English-language daily newspaper in Turkey. It contains international, national, business and other news. It also has many regular columnists who cover current affairs, interviews and a culture section. It has over 40 writers and columnists.
.Review 1: Carl Kessler in CarlsBooks
Thursday, July 9, 2009: 1001 Inventions: Muslim Heritage in Our World, by Salim T. S. Al-Hassani
This is a must-read book for anyone who teaches world history or is interested in it. Western education skips from the advances of Archimedes, in the 200's BCE, all the way to Gutenberg's press in the 1400's CE. Was all the world in the dark ages for 1,600 years -- or just Europe?
The answer: just Europe. While Europeans where burning people at the stake for inappropriate religious leanings, disdaining bathing and general hygiene, and wandering about in a stupor, the Islamic civilizations of Turkey and the middle-east were thriving.
Some examples: the camera, invented by Ibn al-Haitham, born 965. Surgical instruments, by Al-Zahrawi born 936, and a complete (and correct) model of blood circulation by Ibn Nafis, born 1210. Free healthcare in hospitals - with druggists, barbers, and physicians - existed in the 1100s, with health inspectors to assure standards.
Algebra, of course, is due to Al-Khwarizmi, born 780. Did you know that coffee dates to the 8th century, due to Khalid the goat hearder? The Arabic al-qahwa was served as coffee in Vienna's coffee houses in 1645.
Do you like your bath? The Islamic bath picked up from the Roman Tepidarium and Caldarium, and became an integral part of the culture, as cleanliness is linked to purity in the Quaran (e.g., 2:222). So warm baths were the norm in Islamic lands throughout the dark ages. Even in 1529, Sir John Treffy was opposed to bathing, writing: "many folke that hath bathed them in colde water have dyed." [Reference: see "The old English herbals," Eleanour Rohde, 1922.] Smelly!
There are dozens more of well written examples in the book. You get the idea that I'm a fan of this book. And horribly dismayed that in the West we la
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