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Production Teams and Contractors

1001 Inventions has evolved and developed from humble beginnings into a global education brand thanks to the hard work of over 300 individuals and support of millions of fans from around the world. 

The list below shows only the current team leading the main activities of 1001 Inventions and does not represent the countless contributions of those many people who have supported in the past years.

Current Team:

  • Co-Founder and Managing Director - Ahmed Salim
  • Head of Communications - Junaid Bhatti
  • Head of Operations and Producer - Shaza Shannan
  • Events, Exhibitions Producer - Naz Kabir
  • U.S. Producer - Yasir Kahf
  • Finance Support - Dinesh Mehta
  • Senior Advisor - Hanan Dowidar
  • Middle East Producer - Omar Shabaan
  • Film Producer - David Pope
  • Artist and Illustrator - Ali Amro
  • Content Editor - Rebecca Mileham
  • Production Manager - Scott Alexander
  • Exhibition Production Supervisor - Luke Jones
  • Webmaster - Cem Nizamoglu
  • Graphics - Inspiral Design
  • Exhibition Construction - Beck Interiors
  • Film Production - The Edge Picture Company, Blink Studios, PPC
  • Legal Counsel - Norton Rose
  • Audio Visual Software - Spiral, Horseshoeshape, Science Projects, Arc Stream AV
  • Model and Exhibit Development - RAE Models, Autodromo, Codsteaks
  • Specialist Electrics - SI Electrical
  • Graphic Production - Service Graphics, Four Graphics
  • Exhibition Graphic Design - Studio HB, Inspiral Design Ltd
  • Exhibition Illustrator - Rosey Taylor, Ali Amro
  • Memorabilia Production - Signature Trading Ltd


Content Development and Contributors

For a full list of Academic Sources, References and Manuscripts used in 1001 Inventions visit: http://www.1001inventions.com/REFERENCES

  • Chief Editors - Prof. Salim TS Al-Hassani and Professor Mohamed El-Gomati
  • Exhibition Content Editor - Rebecca Mileham
  • English Book Content Editors - Dr. Rabah Saoud and Elizabeth Woodcock
  • Turkish Book Translation Editors - Prof. Talip Alp and Prof. Salim Ayduz
  • Arabic Book and Exhibition Translation - Adil Salahi
  • Content Editors - Ghinwa Mamari, Margaret Morris, Diana Eldaly-Rookledge
  • Scripts Editor - Hooda Shawa

Past and Present Content Contributors and Consultants (In alphabetical order) 

  • Professor Mohammed Abattouy, University of Mohammed VI (History of Science)
  • Dr. Subhi Al-Azzawi, Architect, Kent (Architecture and environment)
  • HRH Princess Wijdan Al-Hashemi, Amman (Art and Islamic coins)
  • Abdel Aziz Al-Jaraki, Architect, Damascus, (Water Clocks)
  • Professor Jim Al-Khalili, Surrey University, (Science)
  • Dr. Nayef Al-Rodhan, Oxford (Geopolitical History)
  • Professor Salim Ayduz, British Muslim Heritage Centre (Ottoman Science)
  • Professor Atilla Bir, Istanbul University (History of Science)
  • Dr. Anne-Maria Brennan, London South Bank University (Ecology)
  • Lee Bryant, Headshift, London (Social Media)
  • Professor Charles Burnett, The Warburg Institute, London (History of Science)
  • Professor Sami Chalhoub, Institute of History of Arab Science, Aleppo (History of Maths)
  • Mariane Cutler, ASE, UK (Education)
  • Professor Nabila Dawood, University of Baghdad (History of Science)
  • Dr. Okasha El Daly, Qatar Museums, Qatar (Egyptology)
  • Professor M El-Gomati, OBE, York University, Uk (History of Optics)
  • Dr. Mahbub Gani, Kings College London (Mathematics and numbers)
  • Professor S M Ghazanfar, Idaho University, US (Economics, Muslim Spain)
  • Professor Rabie A Halim, Liverpool, UK (History of Medicine)
  • Bettany Hughes, London (History, Media)
  • Philippa Hulme, London, (Education)
  • Dr. Zohor Idrisi, FSTC, UK (Agriculture and Codes)
  • Professor Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu, IRCICA, Istanbul (History of Science)
  • Ayshah Ismael, CE4TF, UK (Curriculum Enrichment)
  • Dr. Abdul Nasser Kaadan, Institute of History of Arab Science, Aleppo (Medicine)
  • Paul Keeler, Golden Web, Cambridge (Routes of Science)
  • Mohammed Kujja, Archaeological Society, Syria, (History of Aleppo)
  • Professor Mustafa Mawaldi, Institute of History of Arab Science, Aleppo (History of Science)
  • Professor Sabah Mushatat, Wolverhampton University (Islamic Architecture)
  • Dr. Geoffrey Roper, Cambridge University Library, (bibliographical and print history)
  • Adil Salahi, London (Islamic History, Translation)
  • Professor George Saliba, Colombia University, US (History of Astronomy)
  • Dr. Rabah Saoud, Ajman University, UAE (Architecture, Town Planning)
  • Professor Nil Sari, Istanbul University (Ottoman Medicine)
  • Dr Charles Savage, Knowledge Era Enterprises, Munich ( Knowledge Economy)
  • Professor Sevim Tekeli, Ankara, Turkey (Engineering and Mapping)
  • Dr. Ibrahim Shaikh, Manchester, UK (Surgery)
  • Sali Shahsivari, Al-Furqan Heritage Foundation, London (Balkans Heritage)
  • Dr. Rim Turkmani, Imperial College and Medicine, London (Astronomy)


The current exhibition is the 3rd edition. It has many amendments and corrections in light of reviews, remarks, and help from a countless number of colleagues of various backgrounds. Of special mention is the review group of historians set up during November 2014 till May 2015 to edit the current panels of all exhibition zones. A special acknowledgement to this group is given below:

1001 Inventions and the Foundation for Science, Technology and Civilisation gratefully acknowledges the contribution of the following scholars, who have reviewed panels presented in the exhibition (details listed in brackets after their names). The Foundation for Science, Technology and Civilisation bears overall responsibility for the content of this exhibition, and any errors—whether of fact or interpretation—are attributable to the Foundation alone:

  • Professor Peter E. Pormann, University of Manchester, UK (Review of Panels)

  • Sonja Brentjes, Max-Planck-Institute For The History Of Science, Berlin, Germany (Home, Market, and World Zones)

  • Dr. Rainer Brömer, Istanbul University, Turkey (Hospital Zone)

  • Dr. Nahyan Fancy, DePauw University, Indiana, USA (Hospital Zone)

  • Professor Jeffrey Oaks, University of Indianapolis, Indiana, USA (Arithmetic and Algebra)

  • Professor Lutz Richter-Bernburg, University of Tübingen, Germany (retired) (House of Wisdom, Medicine)

  • Professor Jan P. Hogendijk, Utrecht University, Utrecht, The Netherlands (Astronomy Zone)

  • Hüseyin Sen, Utrecht University, Utrecht, The Netherlands (Astronomy Zone)

The Film: 1001 Inventions and The Library of Secrets

Cast and Crew

  • Al Jazari and Librarian - Ben Kingsley
  • Danny - James Holly
  • Isabella - Courtney George
  • Luke  - Rhiann Connor
  • Ibn Al-Haytham - Stewart Scudamore
  • Abbas Ibn Firnas - Andrew Bridgmont
  • Al-Zahrawi - Nicholas Khan
  • Al Lijli Al-Astrulabi - Tara Jaffar
  • Teacher - Samantha Edmonds 

Kiosk Film Cast

  • Fatima Al-Fihri - Elif Yesil
  • Sinan - Dimitri Andreas 


  • Producer - Ahmed Salim
  • Director - Alan Deakins
  • Producer for Edge Picture Company - Andrew Hardwick
  • Executive Producers - Phil Blundell, Ahmed Salim
  • Writer - Thomas Fickling
  • Music Composer - Robert Hartshorne
  • Costume Designer - Camille Benda
  • Casting Director - Carl Proctor
  • 1st Assistant Director - Marco Ciglia
  • Production Manager/2nd Assistant Director - Cher Brighton
  • Production Assistant/3rd Assistant Director - Zakiya Petty
  • Set Runners - Lucas Motion, Euan Blundell, Jo Dixon, Dan Cunningham
  • Director of Photography - Robin Fox
  • Focus Puller - Gary Rogers
  • Digital Imaging Technician - James Stormer
  • Camera Assistant - Dan Struthers 
  • Gaffer - Jonathan Spencer
  • Sparks - Ricky Collins -John Whickman
  • Generator Operator - Steve Cortie
  • Sound Recordist - Andy Paddon
  • Boom Operator - Robin Gerrard
  • 3rd Sound Assistant - Alan MacFeely
  • Sound Mixer - Nick Roberts 
  • Make Up Designer to Ben Kingsley - Ann Buchanan
  • Make Up & Hair Designer - Karen Evans
  • Make Up & Hair Assistant - Sophie Cox 
  • Storyboard Artist - Sally Pring
  • Assistant to Ben Kingsley - Anna Maconochie
  • Ben Kingsley Driver - Steve Fenny
  • Child Chaperone - Vanessa Martin 
  • Post Production - Outpost at The Edge Picture Company
  • Film Editor - Tom Merrin
  • Colourist - David Smith
  • Post Production Supervisor - Grisha Nikolsky 
  • Visual Effects and Animation - Spot Post Ltd
  • RED Camera equipment supplied by - On Sight Ltd
  • Lighting supplied by - Nimbus Lighting

Academic Partner

Foundation for Science, Technology and Civilisation (FSTC)

The Foundation for Science, Technology and Civilisation (FSTC) is the global academic and knowledge partner for 1001 Inventions. FSTC is an international network of historians, scientists, engineers, educationalists and museum professionals working to popularise awareness of the historic roots of science. By highlighting role models from the past and how their achievements and inventions live on in the modern world, FSTC aims to inspire young people to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Further information is available on FSTC's popular website FSTC.org.uk.

  • President - Prof. Salim TS Al-Hassani
  • Chairman - Prof. Mohamed El-Gomati
  • Management Consultant - Ian Kendrick
  • Trustees - Dr. Anne-Maria Brennan, Ian Fenn, Muhammad Hafiz, Zeki Poyraz
  • Production Manager - Yassir Salem
  • Curriculum Enrichment Section Head - Ayshah Ismail
  • Webmaster - Cem Nizamoglu
  • MuslimHeritage.com Managing Editor - Dr. Savas Konurt 
  • Editorial Assistant - Sairah Yassir
  • Graphic Design - Abdul Kader Jahjah
  • Administration and Accounting - Kath Cassidy and Samina Yassir


  • National Geographic
  • Community Jameel
  • Science Museum, London
  • The Home Office, UK
  • The Northwest Development Agency, UK
  • Department for Trade and Industry, UK
  • Wellcome Trust, UK
  • The Foreign & Commonwealth Office, UK
  • California Science Center
  • New York Hall of Science
  • The British Science Association 
  • The Museum of Science and Industry Manchester
  • The University of Manchester
  • Manchester City Council
  • Abu Dhabi Technology Development Committee
  • Government of the Republic of Turkey
  • The Elsayed Foundation
  • Varmlands Museum, Sweden
  • Saudi Aramco, Saudi Arabia
  • Institute of Butantan, Brazil
  • Government of Sao Paulo, Brazil
  • King Abdul Aziz Center for World Culture, Saudi Arabia
  • Qatar Museums Authority, Qatar
  • Doha Museum of Islamic Art, Qatar
  • Qatar Foundation
  • Sharjah International Book Fair
  • Government of Sharjah
  • Abu Dhabi Media Company
  • Abu Dhabi Education Council 
  • Bin Hamoodah Goup
  • The Government of Malaysia
  • Glasgow Science Centre
  • Glasgow City Council
  • The Scottish Government
  • Croydon Council
  • Museum Of Croydon
  • National Museum Wales
  • Thinktank Birmingham Science Museum
  • Government of the Kingdom of Bahrain
  • Dubai Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA)
  • The Scientific Centre Kuwait
  • Kuwait Foundation for the Advancement of Science 
  • Bibliotheca Alexandrina, Egypt
  • Cairo University, Egypt
  • Academy of Scientific Research and Technology, Egypt
  • China Science Festival