The Muslim Heritage Awareness Group Meeting (24 March 2009, Royal Society, London)

by The Editorial Team Published on: 17th April 2009

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The Muslim Heritage Awareness Group (MHAG), a think tank and consulting body of the Foundation for Science, Technology and Civilisation (FSTC) held recently its meeting on 24 March 2009 in London at the Royal Society. In the following short article, we present a report on the meeting and describe briefly the debates around the selected theme: Muslim Heritage and Social Media.


The previous MHAG meeting was at Church House at the reception of Mr Jim Knight, the Minister for Schools, to launch the 1001inventions exhibition at the Houses of Parliaments. Following that successful event, another MHAG meeting was held on Tuesday 24 March at the Royal Society in London.

Following the previous format, proceedings start with a light lunch at 12.30 followed by four presentations (20 minute each) from experts on the theme selected for the meeting followed by a business meeting. The theme for this meeting was “Social Media”.

The speakers and presentations were:

  1. Professor Peter Kawalek of MBS, University of Manchester: “What is Social Media and Why?”
  2. Mr. Lee Bryant, MD of Headshift Ltd. and Trustee of FSTC: “Social Media Strategies as Applied to Muslim Heritage Awareness”
  3. Professor Jim al-Khalili, University of Surrey: “Science Communication and Muslim Heritage in Science”
  4. Professor Salim Al-Hassani, Chairman of FSTC: “1001Games: Sports in Muslim Heritage”.

The first part of the meeting was chaired by Bettany Hughes. It started by a spectacular short film entitled “Ancient Wisdom”, originally shown at the launch of Qatar Science and Technology Park in Doha on 16 March 2009, to which FSTC contributed content and advice: see Ancient Wisdom Exhibition at Qatar Science and Technology Park 16th March 2009 in Doha.

A lively discussion ensued on all presentations with lengthy contributions from Dr Charles Savage, who came especially from Munich, and from Dr Munim Al-Rawi, who came especially from Dublin. Of particular note was the contributions of new members such as William Hopper, financier.

The last hour of the afternoon was spent on business issues related to future works and projects of FSTC, especially on the front of promoting Muslim heritage awareness for social cohesion and world peace.

Click here to see a selection of photos taken during MHAG meeting.

See also

  1. Burnett, Charles, The Appreciation of Arabic Science and Technology in the Middle Ages
  2. Danisman, H.H. Günhan, Ottoman Mining, Metal Working and Fire-Arms Technology in South East Europe (15th-17th centuries)
  3. El Daly, Okasha, Deciphering Egyptian Hieroglyphs in Muslim Heritage
  4. Healey, John F., The Syriac-speaking Christians and the Translation of Greek Science into Arabic
  5. Idrisi, Zohor, The Influence of Islamic Culinary Art on Europe
  6. Kahl, Oliver, Scientific Transfer and Scholarship in Medieval Arabic Pharmacology.

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