Rediscovering Arabic Science: Islamic Scientific Heritage in the last issue of Saudi Aramco World
| ||Figure 1. Taqi al-Din ibn Ma'ruf, the director of Istanbul Observatory in late 16th century. He's one of the two senior astronomers (wearing largest turbans) standing behind the table, one holding an astrolabe (Image from www.muslimheritage.com).|
In its current issue (May-June 2007), Saudi Aramco World, a magazine devoted to increase cross-cultural understanding published in Houston, Texas, dedicated a folder of 20 pages on Islamic science. The folder consists of three articles illustrated with a rich iconography, accompanied with illuminating explanatory captions. They were written by Richard Covington, a journalist based in Paris, who collaborates with several newspapers and Medias.
Obviously, the author went through specialized literature and made interviews with some historians of Islamic science in order to gain knowledge on the topic. His output came as quite comprehensive, covering all important aspects of the Islamic scientific and technological tradition.
With this achievement, another piece of evidence is provided to the general readers and all interested public across the world who will certainly enjoy reading this easily readable and well documented coverage about one of the most glorious pages of Islamic civilisation and one of the richest episodes of the history of science.
The magazine is published in print, and reproduces its articles on the internet also. Here are the relevant URLs to the folder on Islamic science:
The individual articles are at :
- Rediscovering Arabic science :
- The Third Dimension :
- The Astrolabe: A User's Guide :
The interested readers may also find information about Islamic science and technology on the website of the touring exhibition 1001 inventions: Discover Muslim Heritage in our World: www.1001inventions.com. The concept of the exhibition was assembled in a book: 1001 inventions: Discover Muslim Heritage in our World that can be purchased from www.1001inventions.com
| ||Figure 2. The cover page of 1001 Inventions: Muslim Heritage in Our World. Click here to order the book.|
by: FSTC Limited
, Fri 01 June, 2007
MSIM Presentation by: FSTC Limited
Professor Salim Al-Hassani's highly visual and compelling presentation will assess some of the Muslim contribution to civilisation using graphical simulations and some 3D animations of early Muslim inventions.
In Appreciation of FSTC by: FSTC Limitied
Emeritus Professor Durward J Cruickshank, Fellow of Royal Society and world renowned distinguished scientist has presented FSTC with a valuable gift in its work in the History of Science.
Lecture: Great Men and Women of Science in Muslim Heritage by: FSTC Ltd
Evening lecture with Professor Salim Al-Hassani. Tuesday 21 November 2006, 6pm-8pm
1001 Inventions in Ecsite Newsletter by: FSTC Limited
1001 Inventions in Ecsite Newsletter
Roy. Soc. Arts Lecture Manchester by: FSTC Limited
The RSA is delighted to announce a lecture in Manchester by Professor Salim Al-Hassani which will showcase some of the fascinating inventions of this period and explore their relevance to today's world and society.
Lecture: Islam, Modernity and the Enlightenment: A New Perspective by: FSTC Limited
The Council for Arab-British Understanding, in collaboration with the Foundation for Science, Civilisation and Technology, hosts: ‘Islam, Modernity and the Enlightenment: A New Perspective' by Samer Akkach. Thursday 3rd May 2007, 6:30pm
Video Stream of George Saliba’s Lecture by: FSTC Limited
In May 2007, George Saliba, Professor of Arabic and Islamic Science at Columbia University, gave a lecture on "Arabic Islamic Science and the Making of the Renaissance" at the School of Oriental and African Studies in London. The video streaming of this important lecture can be viewed here online.
Credo of an Eminent Scholar: Professor Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu's Lecture in Padua by: FSTC Limited
This article reproduces the lecture pronounced by Professor Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu, the Secretary General of the Organization of the Islamic Conference, on the occasion of the presentation to him of the title of Doctorate honoris causa
by the University of Padua in Italy on 11 December 2006.
Lecture at Liverpool Athenaeum by: FSTC Limited
Professor Al-Hassani gave a lecture to the Liverpool Athenaeum
at their prestigious library on 28 February 2008. Here His Honour Judge John Roberts, current President of the club, is seen presenting Professor Al-Hassani with a copy of Liverpool 800, a new book on the history of Liverpool in celebration of the city's 800th anniversary and receiving a copy of the 1001i book for the Athenaeum library. The Liverpool Athenaeum has a distinguished membership of proprietors drawn from every walk of life across the city of Liverpool and the North West of England.
Presentation on The Muslims' Great Contributions during the Golden Age of the Islamic Civilization by: FSTC Limited
Prof. Salim Al Hassani, A Muslim Scholar and the chief editor of "1001 Inventions: Muslim Heritage in Our World"
will be delivers his presentation for the second time on "The Muslims' Great Contributions during the Golden Age of the Islamic Civilization" Wednesday, 5th of March 2008 @ 12:00pm
. Prince Bandar Ben Sultan Auditorium.
Learning from the Past to Design the Future by: FSTC Limited
The seat of the World Bank in Paris hosted on May 22-23, 2008 an important meeting: the fourth edition of The World Conference on Intellectual Capital for Communities.
The conference was attended by eminent scholars and leaders, among whom Professor Salim Al-Hassani, FSTC Chairman of the Board, who presented a keynote lecture on Innovation in the Islamic World: Learning from the Past to Design the Future.
We present hereafter the abstract of this lecture to share with our readers this illuminating concept of assessing the value of Muslim Heritage as intellectual capital in a historical perspective. The complete text of the lecture will be published in the proceedings of the meeting.
Muslim Heritage: A Scholarly Perspective by: FSTC Limited
FSTC Research Associate Kaleem Hussain delivered on 17th
April 2008 a lecture on ‘Muslim Heritage: A Scholarly Perspective' at the Markfield Institute of Higher Education in Leicester. Aiming to explore the education of children in that area, focusing particularly on Muslim children, the conference presented the projects of FSTC and some milestones in contemporary scholarship in Muslim Heritage. We reproduce in this article a brief summary of the themes touched on during the lecture.
Promoting Science-based Cultural Dialogue among Civilizations by: Professor Roshdi Rashed
Science and Rationalism in 9th Century Baghdad by: FSTC Limited
Text of the Lecture of Professor Jim Al-Khalili in the Conference Muslim Heritage in our World: Social Cohesion
marking the 1001 Inventions
Exhibition at the House of Parliament, 15th of October 2008, Church House, London, UK.