Tag: Books

The Book Launch of The Optics of Ibn al-Haytham Books IV-V

by News Desk Published on: 11th December 2023

On Monday 13 November 2023, a book launch was hosted by the Warburg Institute, London, for The Optics of Ibn al-Haytham Books IV-V: On Reflection and Images Seen by Reflection, translated by Abdelhamid I. Sabra…

Arabic Mission to the Volga

by Media Desk Published on: 12th January 2022

"The earliest surviving instance of sustained first-person travel narrative in Arabic."

The Art of More by Michael Brooks

by Media Desk Published on: 1st December 2021

How Mathematics Created Civilisation: Bestselling science writer Michael Brooks takes us on a fascinating journey through the history of civilisation, as he explains why maths is fundamental to our understanding of the world.

JBIMA’s 1001 Cures Book Review

by Bana Shriky Published on: 27th January 2021

1001 Cures – Contributions in Medicines & Healthcare from Muslim Civilisation (Edited by Peter Pormann, and published by FSTC 2018). Reviewed by Dr. Bana Shriky, BPharm, MSc, PhD, AFHEA, Postdoctoral Research Associate, University of Bradford

The Mystery of Hayy Ibn Yaqzan

by Salim Al-Hassani - 1001 Book Chief Editor Published on: 19th August 2020

In early 12th-century Muslim Spain, a gifted philosopher, mathematician, poet, and medical doctor was born. Ibn Tufayl, or Abu Bakr ibn Abd al-Malik ibn Muhammad ibn Muhammad ibn Tufayl al-Qaysi, to give his full name,…

Shining light upon light

by Yasmin Khan Published on: 2nd August 2020

Two science histories dissect the transfer of knowledge between the Greco–Islamic and European civilizations, and put right the impression that the flow was one way, explains Yasmin Khan in a recently published article (Nature, vol…

Book Review: “Greco-Arab and Islamic Herbal Medicine: Traditional System, Ethics, Safety, Efficacy and Regulatory Issues”

by Salim Al-Hassani Published on: 8th June 2020

Traditional Arab-Islamic* herbal medicine plays an increasingly influential role in modern Western medicine. This extensive work addresses the need for a comprehensive, English-language work on the subject, introducing an important academic treatment of Arab herbal…

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Some Manuscripts and Printing examples from Muslim Civilisations

by Media Desk Published on: 1st December 2019

From Manuscripts and printing in the spread of Muslim science by Geoffrey Roper  

Libraries of the Muslim World (859-2000)

by Zakaria Virk Published on: 26th November 2019

The Muslim World acquired the art of paper-making in the eighth century in Persia, ultimately Muslims brought papermaking to India and Europe. Public libraries appeared in Baghdad, Cairo, and Cordoba where books were made of…


FSTC Launch of 1001 Cures Book

by The Editorial Team Published on: 9th March 2018

To mark the launch of 1001 Cures: Contributions in Medicine & Healthcare From Muslim Civilisation new multi-author book with Foreword by Sir Magdi Yacoub, the Foundation for Science, Technology and Civilisation (FSTC) in partnership with…


From Petra back to Makka – From “Pibla” back to Qibla

by David A King Published on: 22nd August 2017

A critique of Dan Gibson, Early Islamic Qiblas: A Survey of mosques built between 1AH/622 C.E. and 263 AH/876 C.E. (with maps, charts and photographs), 296 pp., Vancouver BC: Independent Scholars Press, 2017


Manuscript Review: The Book of Routes and Kingdoms, by Ibn Khordadbeh

by N.A. Baloch Published on: 24th July 2017

[Ibn Khordadbeh] grew up to be a knowledgeable scholar, and during the reign of Caliph al-Mu`tamid (256-279 A.11/870-892) he was appointed as Director of Post and Information in the province of Jibal...


1001 Inventions New Children’s Book Selected as Best Biography

by 1001 Inventions Published on: 22nd November 2016

Junior Library Guild Honours National Geographic Readers Book on Ibn al-Haytham


Manuscript Review: The Clear Exposition of the Principles of Accountability, by Ibn al-Ukhuwwah

by N.A. Baloch Published on: 4th September 2016

[Ibn al-Ukhuwwah] provides a summary of the positive and negative injunctions contained in the standard codes of the Shari`ah together with regulations for the safe guarding of public morality, for ensuring the purity of faith…


Medical Books on Healthy Living from Muslim Civilisation

by Cem Nizamoglu Published on: 13th April 2016

If you think medical advice on healthy living - good nutrients, exercise and stress free existence is a modern medical practice, you might want to think again and join us to discover 5 medical books…


World Book Day 2016 (UK & Ireland)

by News Desk Published on: 2nd March 2016

World Book Day is a yearly event first week of March, "designated by UNESCO as a worldwide celebration of books and reading, and marked in over 100 countries all over the world"*. On this occasion,…


National Geographic and 1001 Inventions Publish “Ibn al-Haytham” Children’s Book

by 1001 Inventions Published on: 21st January 2016

"Ibn al-Haytham: The Man Who Discovered How We See" releasing in 2016


The Mechanical Corpus of Al-Isfizārī in the Sciences of Weights and Ingenious Devices: New Arabic Texts in Theoretical and Practical Mechanics

by Mohammed Abattouy Published on: 17th November 2015

Editorial note: This article needs to be read in conjunction with the book release review of the Arabic edition, see: https://muslimheritage.com/node/2068


Manuscript Review: The Book of Musical Modes, by Al-Urmawi

by N.A. Baloch Published on: 26th September 2015

[Al-Urmawi] was the greatest of music theorists. He was the pioneer of a school which propagated the "Systematist Theory"


Professor Devin Stewart: The Fihrist of Ibn al-Nadīm and the Transmission of Knowledge in the Islamic World

by News Desk Published on: 5th May 2015

On Wednesday 22nd April, a public lecture exploring “The Fihrist of Ibn al-Nadeem and the Transmission of Knowledge in the Islamic World” was presented by Professor Devin Stewart at the Al-Furqan Islamic Heritage Foundation.


On 23 April the World Celebrates the Book

by News Desk Published on: 23rd April 2015

World Book Day or World Book and Copyright Day is a yearly event on 23 April, organized by UNESCO to promote reading, publishing and copyright. On this occasion, we are pleased to invite visitors and…


The Suhayl 2014 Vol 13

by The Editorial Team Published on: 26th February 2015

The Suhayl 2014 Vol 13 - International Journal for the History of the Exact and Natural Sciences in Islamic Civilisation FSTC is pleased to bring to the attention of readers the availability online of the…


Book Release: Publication of the Complete Critical Edition of Al-Isfizārī’s Corpus of Mechanics

by The Editorial Team Published on: 22nd April 2014

Last November 2013, the world has seen a new unique publication. The Al-Furqan Islamic Heritage Foundation of London published a new book authored by Mohammed Abattouy and Salim al-Hassani containing the critical edition of the…


Interview of Professor Al-Hassani in ‘The Alchemy of Innovation’

by The Editorial Team Published on: 17th May 2013

In his new book, The Alchemy of Innovation, published in early 2013, Javed Akhtar Mohammed explores, through interviews with several well-known personalities, the different facets of innovation, considered as the lifeblood of successful organizations, communities,…


Book Review: “Debt – The First 5,000 Years” by David Graeber

by Trevor Hilder Published on: 8th August 2012

Economics textbooks claim that money was invented to replace onerous and complicated barter systems—to relieve ancient people from having to haul their goods to market. But this theory is not supported by evidence. On the…


Jewels of Muslim Calligraphy: Book Review of “Female Calligraphers: Past & Present by Hilal Kazan”

by Betul Ipsirli Argit Published on: 6th April 2012

This is a review of the book prepared by Hilal Kazan for the Istanbul Greater City Council Cultural Foundation in order to provide a useful and important bio-bibliographic resource on the history of calligraphy of…


National Geographic Releases New 1001 Inventions Book

by 1001 Inventions Published on: 30th January 2012

25th January 2012, Washington, DC – The latest edition of the best-selling 1001 Inventions book has been published by National Geographic, and will introduce the enduring legacy of Muslim civilization to new audiences in North…


Book Review of “Ibn Sayyar al-Warraq’s Tenth-century Baghdadi Cookbook” by Nawal Nasrallah

by Kaouthar Chatioui Published on: 16th January 2012

Written nearly a thousand years ago, Ibn Sayyar al-Warraq's tenth-century cookbook is the most comprehensive work of its kind. Its recent edition and English translation offers a unique glimpse into the culinary culture of the…


Book review of Sustainable History and the Dignity of Man by Dr Nayef Al-Rodhan

by The Editorial Team Published on: 20th July 2011

In Sustainable History and the Dignity of Man, Dr Nayef Al-Rodhan outlines a new theory of history. Defining "sustainable history" as "a durable progressive trajectory in which the quality of life on this planet ……


Sustainable History, Human Dignity and Trans-Cultural Synergy

by Nayef Al-Rodhan Published on: 27th June 2011

Dr Nayef Al-Rodhan outlines his theory of history about sustainable history and the dignity of man. He explains how sustainable history is propelled by good governance, which balances the tension between the attributes of human…


Book Review of Dr. Toygar Akman’s “Cybernetics”

by Cem Nizamoglu Published on: 25th March 2011

"Cybernetics: Past, Present, Future" published by Toygar Akman, a renowned expert in the field, retraces for the Turkish readers the history of cybernetics and presents the state of the art in this revolutionary scientific field.…


Book Review of ‘Islamic Gardens and Landscapes’ by D. Fairchild Ruggles

by Margaret Morris Published on: 18th March 2011

Ranging across poetry, court documents, agronomy manuals, and early garden representations and richly illustrated with pictures and site plans, Islamic Gardens and Landscapes by Dr Fairchild Ruggles is a book of impressive scope sure to…


Rebuttal by the FSTC to Edward Rothstein’s Article

by Peter Raymond Published on: 17th January 2011

Rebuttal by the Foundation for Science Technology and Civilisation to "A Golden Age in Science, Full of Light and Shadow" by Edward Rothstein published in The New York Times, December 10, 2010


New Book by Jim Al-Khalili – Pathfinders: The Golden Age of Arabic Science

by The Editorial Team Published on: 10th December 2010

For over 700 years the international language of science was Arabic. In this compelling, inspiring book, Jim Al-Khalili celebrates the forgotten pioneers who helped shape our understanding of the world. All scientists have stood on…


Book review: Ibn al-Haytham and the New Optics

by Ruveyda Ozturk Published on: 29th October 2010

This is a book review of Ibn El-Heysem ve Yeni Optik (Ibn al-Haytham and the New Optics) by Huseyin Gazi Topdemir published in 2008 in Turkish as the first book of a series on scientific…


Book Review of ‘Ottoman Women – Myth and Reality’ by Asli Sancar

by Qaisra Shahraz Published on: 8th July 2009

Aise Asli Sancar, a renowned writer and lecturer on women's issues has said when she began investigating the subject of Ottoman women, she realized that they were much more complex and multifaceted than they are…


Book Review of The Dialogue of Civilizations in the Birth of Modern Science by Arun Bala

by Ruveyda Ozturk Published on: 20th March 2009

The book "The Dialogue of Civilizations in the Birth of Modern Science" by Arun Bala introduces a dialogical perspective on the birth of modern science and lists a great number of contributions made to the…


A Plea for the Recovery of the Forgotten History of Muslim Heritage

by Ruveyda Ozturk Published on: 10th January 2009

This is a review of the book published in 2007 by Michael Hamilton Morgan, Lost History. The essay attempts to uncover the Golden Age of the Muslim civilisation and recognises its contributions to the rise…


The Book of Curiosities or A Medieval Islamic View of the Cosmos

by Mohammed Abattouy Published on: 28th October 2008

The Bodleian Library at the University of Oxford has purchased the medieval Arabic manuscript Kitab Gharaib al-funun wa-mulah al-uyun popularised under the title the Book of Curiosities, an exceptionally rich text on cosmography. The treatise…


A ‘Gap-Filling’ Book on Islamic Economic Thought

by The Editorial Team Published on: 16th October 2008

This book is a collection of previously-published papers on the origins of economic thought discovered in the writings of some prominent Islamic scholars belonging to the five centuries prior to the pre-modern era. This period…


Dr. Farouk El-Baz receives 1001inventions book

by FSTC Published on: 21st August 2008

Dr. Farouk El-Baz receives 1001inventions book


Medieval Islamic Medicine by Peter E. Pormann and Emilie Savage-Smith

by Emilie Savage-Smith Published on: 20th August 2008

  Figure 1. The cover pages of the “Medieval Islamic Medicine” book. Medieval Islamic Medicine by Peter E. Formann and Emilie Savage-Smith is a new book on the Islamic medical tradition, published by Edinburgh University…


The List of Al-jazari Articles Published on Muslim Heritage Website

by FSTC Published on: 1st February 2008

Some 800 years in the past, in 1206, a brilliant Muslim scholar died : Badi' al-Zaman Abu al-‘Izz ibn Ismail ibn al-Razzaz al-Jazari. He was one of the most important inventors and mechanical engineers in…


Science under Islam: A Reflection on Past Brilliancy and Future Revival

by Salim Ayduz Published on: 17th January 2008

This is a review of a book by Sayyed Misbah Deen, Emeritus Professor of Computer Science (Keele University), describing the adventure of science and technology in Islam from four standpoints: the rise of science and…


Health in the Ottoman Empire: A Collective Achievement in the History of Ottoman Medicine

by Mehmet Ipsirli Published on: 4th January 2008

This is a review of Health in the Ottomans (Osmanlilarda Saglik), a two-volume book concerning Ottoman medical history. The book is a brilliant achievement aiming at the reconstruction of the main aspects of the the…


Seeking Seamless Scientific Wonders: Review of Emilie Savage-Smith’s Work

by Najma Kazi Published on: 24th November 2007

Najma Kazi reviews some salient aspects of Emilie Savage-Smith's work. Emilie Savage-Smith, who is a Professor of History of Science at the Oriental Institute (Oxford University), is an internationally recognised authority on the History of…


Knowledge, Learning Institutions and Libraries in Islam: Book Publishing and Paper Making

by The Editorial Team Published on: 1st November 2007

This short article describes the high regard with which Muslim Civilisation has held libraries as centres of knowledge. It reviews major contributions in the field and in particular to our modern books and libraries.


A Wealth of Scholarship: Recent Publications in Islamic Art, Culture and History

by FSTC Published on: 31st October 2007

This is a general review of some 23 recent publications (books, films, and articles) on various aspects of Islamic culture, history and civilisation. The survey concentrates on titles related to three categories: art and architecture,…


How Islam Created the Modern World

by Mark Graham Published on: 13th September 2007

In a clear and concise language, Mark Graham endeavours to show in his book How Islam Created the Modern World the decisive influence of the civilisation of Islam in setting the stage for the modern…


What Islam Did For Us

by The Editorial Team Published on: 4th September 2007

This is a review of What Islam Did For Us: Understanding Islam's Contribution to Western Civilization, a book by Tim Wallace-Murphy that emphasizes Islam's immense contributions to the Western civilization in many groundbreaking domains such…


Rediscovering Arabic Science: Islamic Scientific Heritage in the last issue of Saudi Aramco World

by Richard Covington Published on: 1st June 2007

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…


A New Book on the Ottoman Military History: Guns for the Sultan by Gábor Ágoston

by Salim Ayduz Published on: 25th May 2007

Ágoston's book provides new insights into the Ottomans' approach to new innovations and reforms in modern technology, which some scholars had previously claimed improbable due to Islamic conversativism.


A New Book by George Saliba: Islamic Science and the Making of the European Renaissance

by George Saliba Published on: 27th March 2007

This article reviews the new book Islamic Science and the Making of the European Renaissance by George Saliba. The book describes the rise and fall of the Islamic scientific tradition, and the relationship of Islamic…

Alfraganus and the Elements of Astronomy

by Yavuz Unat Published on: 29th January 2007

Al-Farghânî, known in the West as Alfraganus , was one of the most famous astronomers of the 9th century. His book, Elements of Astronomy, written in 833 CE remained as the most popular text book…


Ebru: The Art of Paper Marbling

by Salim Ayduz Published on: 1st February 2006

Marbling is an art form developed in the Muslim world, possibly with Chinese origins. Often it has been used to create colourful book binding inside covers. Here is a little history of this art.


Recommended Reading for Understanding the Impact of Muslim Science on the West

by Salah Zaimeche Published on: 10th April 2003

Amongst the English writing authors who can enlighten the reader further on the Islamic impact are Eugene Myers, Metletzki, Turner and Menocal. Here's a list of selected books for further reading on the Impact of…


The Book of Water (Kitab Al-Ma’a)

by FSTC Published on: 17th January 2003

Kitab Al-Ma'a, a strange title for the first known Encyclopedia of Medicine arranged according to the alphabet was recently discovered in Algeria and published in Oman. Contains over 900 pages and was written by Ibn…