LEGO Inspired Reproduction of Al-Jazari's 13th Century Elephant Clock

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London, April 3 2018: A 1001 Inventions fan from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia has finalised a fantastic project reproducing Al-Jazari’s automatic Elephant Clock. Inspired by 1001 Inventions, Ahmad Sahar reproduced the medieval ingenious clock by Al-Jazari using a LEGO Bucket Wheel Excavator kit and LEGO Mindstorms kits.

When the program by Mr. Sahar is run, the reproduction works like the original elephant clock. Scribe shows minutes, dial at the top shows hours. Every 30 minutes, bird rotates, snake swings down and simulates dropping a ball into the clock body, and the mahout animates. The dial automatically advances to the next half hour and the actions are repeated. Video with details:


The remarkable engineer Al-Jazari’s famous Elephant Clock includes an Egyptian phoenix, Chinese dragons, and figures in Arabian dress. The masterpiece celebrating the diversity of humankind cleverly reflects cultural and technological influences from across Muslim Civilisation, from Spain to China.

The 800-year-old automatic Elephant Clock is probably the most famous of clocks from Muslim Civilisation. Watch a short film by 1001 Inventions on Al-Jazari's 13th century Elephant Clock with animated sequences showing how it worked:

1001 Inventions team is delighted with this self-motivated project in Malaysia. The production is a wonderful example of education in action supporting learning while helping raise awareness of the creative golden age of science in early Muslim Civilisation.

The 1001 Inventions exhibition now touring Malaysia was launched in Kuala Lumpur in 2013 and its tour included Kuala Terengganu, Melaka, Kedah and Pekan. More details on 1001 Inventions Malaysia:



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1001 Inventions has engaged with over 350 million people across the globe working with a network of international partners, including UNESCO, National Geographic and leading academics to produce interactive exhibitsshort films, live shows, books and classroom learning materials that are being used by hundreds of thousands of educators around the world.

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The Holy Qur'an encourages Muslims to seek knowledge throughout their lives, no matter what the source or where it might lead geographically. Islamic civilizations have celebrated and worked towards cross-boundary knowledge sharing. Al-Jazari, for example, once built an elaborate clock, the Elephant Clock, in order to celebrate the diversity of mankind and the universal nature of Islam. It depicted different Greek, Indian, Phoenician, Chinese and Persian artifacts on the clock as, by that time, the Muslim world had spread from Spain to Central Asia." Caroline Ellwood

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