Muslim Heritage in Our World: Social Cohesion

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London Conference tackles 1000 years of amnesia of Muslim science and technology, Wednesday 15th October, 2.30pm, Hoare Memorial Hall, Church House, Westminster. ...

London Conference tackles 1000 years of amnesia of Muslim science and technology Wednesday 15th October, 2.30pm, Hoare Memorial Hall, Church House, Westminster.

Jim Knight MP, the UK Minister for Schools and Learning and Sir Roland Jackson, the Chief Executive of the British Association for the Advancement of Science will address invited delegates only at the ‘Muslim Heritage in our World: Social Cohesion’ conference on the 15th October at the Hoare Memorial Hall, Church House, Westminster by the Foundation for Science, Technology and Civilisation (FSTC).

The conference supports the “1001 Inventions: Discover the Muslim Heritage in Our World” exhibition at UK Houses of Parliament from 13th -17th October.

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Timeline of progress in civilisation showing the contribution of classical Muslim civilisation together with other world civilisations.

Presentations by leading academics, professors and historians will counter the 1000 years of historical amnesia which has ignored scientific and technological contributions from other cultures to our present civilization, creating a false sense of Euro-centric pride at the expense of other world cultures. The conference will examine how addressing this situation can be used as a catalyst to help policymakers promote better cultural understanding and social cohesion today.

The conference Muslim Heritage in our World: Social Cohesion is intended to mark the 1001 inventions Exhibition at the House of Parliament: click here to see the announcement of the exhibition.

The programme of the conference includes the following hallmarks:

Wednesday 15th of October 2008

14.30 Registration (Strictly Invited only)
15.00 – 16.00 First Session
Bettany Hughes When the Moors Ruled in Europe
Prof. Jim Al-Khalili Science and Rationalism in 9th Century Baghdad
Prof. Roshdi Rashed Promoting Science-Based Cultural Dialogue Among Civilizations
Dr. Charles Savage Standing Tall – Building upon our Common Heritages
Prof. Steve Hutchings Centre for Muslim Civilization in our World
16.00 – 16.15 Coffee Break
16.15 – 17.20 Second Session
Prof. Salim Al-Hassani 1000 years Amnesia and the Identity Crisis
Michael H Morgan Building Peace, by Recovering Lost History
Paul Keeler Golden Web: The Interaction of Civilisations
Dr Suhair Qurashi Muslim Women in Science
Ian Fenn Curriculum Enrichment and Social Cohesion
Dr. Ian Griffin The 1001 Inventions project as a vehicle to promote understanding and cohesion
18.00 – 19.00 Reception and speeches
Speeches from Jim Knight MP., the UK Minister for Schools and Learning and Sir Roland Jackson.

Venue of the conference:
Hoare Memorial Hall, Church House
Dean’s Yard,
Westminster, London
SW1P 3NZ

For the PDF version of the conference programme, please click here. FSTC has issued two press releases; they can be viewed here:

Announcements of the conference Muslim Heritage in our World: Social Cohesion and the 1001 Inventions Exhibition at the House of Parliament were published also on the website of 1001 Inventions Initiative.

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