Video Message by Professor Salim Al-Hassani to the“Science and Technology in Islamic Civilization” conference

by Media Desk Published on: 9th December 2023

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The conference was held at Midyat Municipality conference Hall, Mardin, hosting a large audience. The various machines invented by Al-Jazari can be found in this video. The machines were reproduced using 3D animations.

The inaugural speech was delivered by Prof Talip Alp the founding president of the Artuklu Foundation stressing the significance of excellence in education embodying universal values.

Prof. Dr. Talip Alp is also a Board Member of the Scientific and Technical Research Council (TÜBİTAK), the Head of the Industrial Engineering Department at Istanbul Medipol University, and a Senior Fellow of the Foundation for Science, Technology and Civilisation (UK).

In his speech, Prof. Alp highlighted the most fundamental issues of the history of science and technology. He reviewed some of the pioneering scientists, their inventions, and discoveries that affected the world. Of particular interest is the advice he gave to many students attending the conference.

Prof Dr Talip Alp holding the book edited by Prof Salim Al-Hassani called 1001 Inventions: Muslim Heritage in Our World

He then held the Turkish edition of the 1001inventions book and recommended it as essential reading.

In memory of the day, Prof Talip Alp and Midyat Vocational School Director Dr. Abdurrahim Kaplan presented books to each other. Prof Talip Alp gave the 1001 Inventions: Muslim Heritage in Our World booked. Professor Salim Al-Hassani, Pub. Foundation for Science, Technology and Civilisation (UK).

This was followed by speeches of the Vice-Minister of Education from Ankara, the Governor of Mardin, the President of Artuklu University and the Mayor of Midyat Municipality respectively.

On the second day, several workshops were held concurrently, each tackling various concerns in the present-day educational system.

On the third day, guests from different parts of Türkiye visited the historical landmarks of Midyat, which aspires to be named as a city in its own right, independent of Mardin.

The second event addressed the vocational school students in Artuklu University’s Midyat campus.

Professor Salim Al-Hassani, Emeritus University of Manchester, President of the Foundation for Science, Technology and Civilisation (UK) has sent a video recorded message entitled: “AL-JAZARI’S INVENTIONS:  What’s so Special?”

His presentation was appropriate to the conference venue as Al-Jazari, the famous genius engineer and inventor had lived and thrived in Al-Jazira district, of which Midyat is a part.

Here is a scan of some of the slides shown in the presentation about the various machines invented by Al-Jazari. The machines were reproduced using 3D animations. The full video of the presentation is found here. https://youtu.be/c2vG1JfBTWE 

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