Figure 1: Picture of one of al-Jazari's automatic machines: a musical toy in the form of a boat. From a manuscript of his book copied in Syria in 715 H/1315 CE (opaque watercolour, ink and gold on paper). Source: http://www.asia.si.edu/collections/zoomObject.cfm?ObjectId=9919.
800 Years Later: In Memory of Al-Jazari, A Genius Mechanical EngineerLEARN MORE
Al-Jazari (1136-1206) was an important Arab Muslim scholar. He was an inventor and mechanical engineer who...
Figure 1: Front cover of the book Cairo: 1001 Years of Islamic Art and Architecture.
A Wealth of Scholarship: Recent Publications in Islamic Art, Culture and HistoryLEARN MORE
This is a general review of some 23 recent publications (books, films, and articles) on various aspects of...
Figure 1: The cover page of the book Kitāb al-hiyal.
The Mechanics of Banu Musa in the Light of Modern System and Control EngineeringLEARN MORE
This article is a review of the book published recently by Professor Attila Bir (Istanbul Technical...
Figure 1: Elephant clock of al-Jazari, from a MS copy of his treatise The Book of Knowledgeof Ingenious Mechanical Device copied in Syria in 1315 by Farkh ibn 'Abd al-Latif (Ink, colors, and gold on paper; height. 30 cm – width 19.7 cm). Source: Metropolitan Museum, New York: http://www.metmuseum.org/toah/ho/07/wae/hob_57.51.23.htm.
Automation and Robotics in Muslim Heritage: The Cultural Roots of al-Jazari's Mechanical SystemsLEARN MORE
This short paper introduces a longer essay by Prof. Gunalan Nadarajan, Associate Dean of Research and...
Figure 1: Cover page of Kitāb mīzān al-hikma (Hyderabad edition, 1359 H /1940).
The Arabic Partial Version of Pseudo-Aristotle's Mechanical ProblemsLEARN MORE
Based on manuscript evidence, the article presents a study of the historical and textual traditions of a...