Activities and Announcements (Muslim Heritage Newsletter, Issue 3 - Vol. 1)
Discover the Scientific and Technological Muslim Heritage in Our World
A Quarterly Publication issued by the Foundation for Science, Technology and Civilisation (FSTC), Manchester, UK
Issue 3 - Vol. 1 * Rajab 1429 / July 2008
|Activities and Announcements|
|1. Forthcoming Events and Activities|
|The Ninth International Symposium for the History of Arabic Science|
The Institute for the History of Arabic Science in the University of Aleppo (in cooperation with the University of Damascus, and in celebration of Damascus as the capital of Islamic culture) organises the Ninth International Symposium for the History of Arabic Science. The main theme of the conference is about the Arab Scientific Contributions in the Islamic Ages: Effects and Influence. This symposium is to be held in the Faculty of Arts and Humanities at the University of Damascus on 28-30 October 2008.
Numerous scholars interested in the history of science are participating from various universities and scientific institutions throughout the world.
To apply for participation, one should submit an application to: firstname.lastname@example.org or by Fax to: 00963 21 2632162. The official languages of the meeting are Arabic, English and French.
Deadlines: Reception of research proposal: July 31, 2008.
Reception of final research paper (on a CD and in printed form): August 31, 2008.
|2. Recent Events|
|2.1. Learning from the Past to Design the Future|
In the frame of the forthcoming world conference on Intellectual Capital for Communities in the Knowledge Economy: Nations, Regions, Cities and Emerging Communities, Professor Salim Al-Hassani, FSTC Chairman of the Board, presented a keynote lecture on the theme: Learning from the Past to Design the Future: Innovation in the Islamic World.
The fourth edition of this series of conferences organised by the World Bank is to be organised at the World Bank Office in Paris on May 22-23, 2008. It is co-organised by The European Chair on Intellectual Capital/PESOR, the University of Paris-Sud, and The World Bank.
|2.2. 1001 Inventions at the London Book Fair (14-16 April 2008, Earls Court)|
Following its recent success at the Abu Dhabi Book Fair, 1001 Inventions participated to the prestigious London Book Fair (Trade only event). This year the Market Focus for 2008 was on the Arab World.
Professor Salim T S Al-Hassani, Chief Editor, attended the Fair and gave interviews and signed books on our 1001 Inventions stand.
Press Release - Arabic Press Coverage.
|2.3. International Conference on The History of Science among Muslims and Arabs in Sharjah, UAE|
An important delegation from FSTC participated at the First International Conference on The History of Science among Muslims and Arabs organised by the University of Sharjah and the Arab Union for Astronomy and Space Sciences at Sharjah University, UAE, in March 24-27/2008.The conference highlighted the connection between the exact sciences and the Islamic religious and cultural milieu. It also emphasized the role of the Arabs and Muslims in establishing these sciences and the contribution of the Islamic culture to human civilization. The conference was attended by over 200 leading academics who gathered to present and discuss over a thousand years of Muslim contributions to science and technology. HRH Sheikh Sultan Al-Qassimi, ruler of Sharjah, formally opened the conference and received a copy of the 1001 Inventions book from Professor Mohammad El-Gomati, Vice Chairman of FSTC. See Launch Photographs.
During the conference, members and associates of FSCT presented the following lectures:
- Mohamed El-Gomati, "Popularizing Muslim Heritage: Experiments for Secondary Schools Children";
- Mohamed El-Gomati, "The Moon Illusion Revisited: Muslim Contributions to Optics";
- Charles Burnett, "The lively Interest in Arabic Science and Philosophy in Europe in the Middle Ages";
- Nil Sari, "A Short View of Ottoman Medicine and Medical Practice";
- Okasha El Daly, "Egyptology and Medieval Islamic Scholarship";
- Salim Ayduz, "Ottoman Contributions to Science and Technology";
- Lutfallah Gari, "Heritage Works on Environment Pollution: The Treatises of Abu Sahl al-Masihi and Al-As'ad al-Mahalli";
- Rabah Saoud, "The Muslim Contribution to European Architecture during the Medieval and Renaissance Periods";
- Mohammed Abattouy, "Al-Muzaffar al-Isfizari (11th century): Reconstruction of his Heritage in Mechanics".
In addition to the academic and poster sessions, the conference included a number of exhibitions of scientific manuscripts and instruments, among which the most noteworthy was a small exhibition inspired by the overall 1001 Inventions exhibition initiative.
|2.4. Cultural Understanding through Science Project|
The Association for Science Education (ASE) posted on its website a summary of the Cultural Understanding through Science Project (CUSP) initiative in which FSTC is leading partner together with QCA and SDSA.
The Global team has developed colourful and innovative resources including City 1250. In this activity, students watch a short film (approx 7 mins) in which four teenagers discuss their forthcoming year on the (fictional) reality TV show City 1250. Each teenager tells of their worries about living in a reconstructed city in the Islamic world in the year 1250 CE.
|3. Past Events|
|Memorandum of Understanding signed between the FSTC and the University of Aleppo|
24th June 2007 marks another major milestone in the history of cooperation between the Foundation for Science Technology and Civilisation and the University of Aleppo. A Memorandum of Understanding between the two institutions was signed by Professor Salim Al-Hassani, the Chairman of FSTC, and Professor Mohammed Nizar Akil, President of the University of Aleppo.This agreement formalises long-standing co-operation particularly in the area of the study of the history of Arabic science, where the University of Aleppo has the Institute for the History of Arabic Science, an internationally known centre for teaching and research into this topic. FSTC and University of Aleppo will co-operate on joint research and publication projects, academic visits and exchanges of publications and organizing joint conferences. FSTC hopes that this understanding will pave the way for further co-operation between University of Aleppo and other British universities and Institutions.
|4. 1001 Inventions News|
|4.1. Strategic Alliance for a World-wide Roll-out of 1001 Inventions Exhibition|
1001 Inventions has unveiled an ambitious plan for a global expansion of its touring exhibition. Through the strategic support of Abdul Latif Jameel Company (ALJ), the groundbreaking educational initiative exploring historical Muslim contributions to science and technology is set to embark upon a worldwide roll-out.
Press Release - Arabic Press Coverage (part 1) Arabic Press Coverage (part 2).
|4.2. The Real Histories Directory: www.1001inventions.com Website of the Month (July 2008)|
The Real Histories Directory has been created as a resource tool for teachers, parents, pupils and the wider community to support them in teaching and learning about cultural diversity in the UK. On 01 July 2008, RHD have chosen 1001 Inventions as Web Site of the Month:
"Our website of the month is 1001 Inventions, a unique resource that allows teachers, students and those from the wider community - both Muslim and non-Muslim - to discover the connections between Islam and science. In fact, according to 1001 Inventions, visitors to the site seem to be 40% Muslim and 60% non-Muslim. The project was launched in March 2006 and is committed to revealing the rich heritage the Muslim community shares with other communities in the UK, Europe and across the world".
|4.3. 1001 Inventions in Turkish Media|
1001 Inventions Initiative continues to raise a great echo in Turkish media; see below the relevant links:
Turkish Media - Turkish TV Hilal TV - PDF link - Images: Image 1 – Image 2 – Image 3.
|4.4. 1001 Inventions Exhibition News|
Click on the following links to get the Latest Updates and Latest News (2008) about the 1001 Inventions Initiative and Exhibition, including new relevant events, related activities and media coverage.
by: FSTC Limited, Fri 18 July, 2008