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.
Since 2006, the Foundation for Science, Technology and Civilisation (FSTC), through its projects 1001 Inventions, Muslim Heritage, and Curriculum Enrichment for the Future (CE4tf), has aimed to alleviate the 1000 years gap of forgotten scientific, technological and civilisational advances that took place in the non-European world during the classical age (roughly from 700 to 1700 CE). We chose to refer to it as “Muslim Heritage” as an abbreviation for the “Muslim heritage of Europe,” that is what Europe has learnt and inherited from other civilisations through its encounter with the World of Islam.
The Foundation’s main initiatives have been hugely successful. The large scale 1001 Inventions exhibition had been declared the world’s best cultural exhibition by the European museums Industry in 2011, and enjoyed blockbuster residencies in London, New York, Los Angeles, Washington DC, Istanbul, and Abu Dhabi, prior to visiting Jeddah. The exhibition has also recently visited Sweden and Malaysia, with more than 3.5 million people coming to visit the exhibition to date in its different venues, becoming a brand in itself. Another successful subsidiary of FSTC, the CE4tf, has been working on enriching syllabus within and outside the UK by creating teacher’s lecture packs, lectures, presentations and much more. Muslim Heritage, the academic web portal of our organisation, has been equally as successful, with a large readership from all over the world boasting of hundreds of peer reviewed articles and attracting thousands of visitors on a daily basis!
While Muslim Heritage has been highly successful and has maintained the market lead, the technology used by the web portal platform had become outdated and the portal lacked fast interactivity and could neither support the demands of modern social media nor the 70,000 bibliographic dBase, named as “MASDAR SEARCH” alongside other features. This is why we have developed a new Muslim Heritage website and it is our pleasure to announce that we intend to officially launch it after this trial period. The new Muslim Heritage is a state-of-art web portal that includes outstanding user-oriented features: easy to navigate, reader friendly and attractive interface without loss of academic rigour.
Once you scroll further down from the categories bar on the home page, your eyes may be averted to the new “Scholars A-Z” and “Anniversaries” features, which have been introduced and are part of the “People” tab. These features shed light on often overlooked but crucially important scientists and their accomplishments in their respective fields. Moreover, there may not be available at present corpuses of work the said scholars contributed to, however, it is just as important to acknowledge what little we do know about these formidable scientists.
Other features within this category include the “Authors” and “Featured” options. The “Authors” section pays homage to the contributions of scientists/scholars post 1700 CE up until this present day. The “Featured” category brings a rich mix of past and present articles, multimedia videos alongside photo galleries and much more so as to bring these rich efforts made by exceptional scholars, past or present, together. In an effort to further emphasise these featured scholars, the anniversaries section outlines upcoming scholar’s birth and death anniversaries.
You may also note the new tabs entitled “News” and “Books” adjacent to the “People” tab. The “News” tab grants users the opportunity to access past, current and future events that FSTC and its affiliates have partaken/will partake in. What is more, the “World Events” highlights important news articles and a calendar of Muslim heritage related meetings, conferences and events.
The “Books” tab includes digitised manuscripts and their explanations in the “Manuscripts” section, alongside books that FSTC and its affiliates have published. The “Review” section includes reviews on books associated with Muslim heritage written by distinguished authors.
Additional features which enhance the users experience on the new website include the “Multimedia” and “Community” tabs. Taking into consideration different learner types, the “Multimedia” tab offers audio and visual learners the opportunity to conduct subject specific image and/or video searches in respective image or video galleries. Thus, catering the learning and sharing experience of Muslim heritage more accessible to individuals from all backgrounds.
As the world is becoming more globalised through the use of online mediums such as Facebook, YouTube, twitter and various blogging sites, the “Community” tab aims to link Muslim Heritage with social media. This will in turn create a rich community bond and discourse as users will be able to share information on the Muslim Heritage website with family, friends and peers around this extremely important but often unremembered subject.
Although we are constantly updating the website, we hope that this website enriches your knowledge and whilst at the same time provides you with a delightful experience. We look forward to hearing your thoughts and hope you enjoy navigating yourself around!
Professor Mohamed El-Gomati OBE
The Editorial Board