Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
1001 Inventions is a global brand that promotes awareness of the scientific and cultural achievements of men and women of different faiths and cultures working in Muslim civilisation, during the thousand year period from the 7th century onwards, and how those contributions helped build the foundations of our modern world.
Who is behind the 1001 Inventions Initiative?
1001 Inventions is an brand of the Foundation for Science, Technology and Civilisation (FSTC). FSTC is a non-profit educational foundation consisting of a global network of respected academics specialising in the fields of science, engineering, history and social science.
The global tours of the 1001 Inventions exhibitions are sponsored by ALJ Community Initiatives, which is the Corporate Social Responsibility arm of the ALJ Group - a Toyota automobiles distributor in 13 different countries. ALJCI plans and operates numerous global programs, such as poverty-alleviation initiatives, artistic and educational projects and technology innovation grants, including a long history of scholarships for students at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. ALJCI is the global sponsor of the 1001 Inventions exhibitions and their international tours.
What do you hope to achieve with this global touring exhibition?
The 1001 Inventions global tour aims to achieve the following:
Promote an accurate understanding of the thousand years of exceptional advances in science, technology and the arts made by men and women in Muslim civilisation, from the 7th century onwards, which is not well known to the public.
Generate greater understanding and appreciation of historic contributions towards the development of contemporary science and technology worldwide.
Demonstrate how our modern scientific understanding owes a great debt to scientists and engineers of many different beliefs and backgrounds, who absorbed and developed knowledge from different civilisations.
Inspire young people to find career role models in science and engineering.
The 1001 Inventions exhibitions features dozens of interactive exhibits, spread over 800 square metres, featuring reproductions of amazing feats of engineering, electronic games and multi-media showcases.
Split into several zones, each representing a different sphere of scientific and cultural achievement, the 1001 Inventions exhibitions brings to life a Golden Age of Discovery that had a huge, but hidden, influence on the modern world.
There are two versions of the exhibition touring the world right now. The first is an English language version that is currently hosted at venues in the United States. The second is a bilingual Arabic-English exhibition that is touring venues in the Middle East.
Why is the project called ‘1001 Inventions’?
For many centuries, there has been a misconception perpetuated by books, movies and the media where Muslim culture and civilisation is characterised by the 1001 Nights stories about Aladdin, Ali Baba, Sinbad, harems and flying carpets. The pioneering role that Muslim civilisation has played in the advancement of science, technology and the arts has been largely ignored.
By calling our brand 1001 Inventions, we highlight that the picture painted by 1001 Nights stories is inaccurate and fails to recognise how the scientists, scholars and engineers of Muslim civilisation helped lay the foundations of the European Renaissance and ultimately our modern world.
Who is responsible for uncovering these scientific and historical facts?
The content of our exhibitions has been researched by academic experts and then peer reviewed by a network of leading experts from Universities and Museums around the world.
In addition, the Science Museum in London has employed a panel of renowned experts to review and verify all the information available within our exhibition.
Are these exhibitions all about how great Muslims are at science?
Our exhibitions highlights how men and women of many different faiths and backgrounds, working within Muslim civilisation, greatly increased our understanding of science and engineering. Muslim civilisation owes a great debt to scientists of many different faiths including Christians, Jews, Hindus as well as Muslims.
In addition, Muslim civilisation was influenced and enhanced by the knowledge received from older and contemporary societies such as the Greek, Chinese, Indian, Assyrian, Babylonian and Persian civilisations.
Our exhibitions are about how ideas from many different cultures and societies have helped create the world in which we live today.
Will the global tour be visiting my city/country?
Our 1001 Inventions exhibition completed its record-breaking residency at London’s Science Museum with 400,000 visitors in the first half of 2010, followed by a blockbuster residency at the iconic and historic Sultan Ahmed Square in Istanbul with a further 400,000 visitors over a seven-week period. The exhibition then opened at the New York Hall of Science in December 2010, welcoming an additional 250,000 during its five-month US premiere. More than 500,000 people visited 1001 Inventions at the California Science Center in Los Angeles between May 2011 and March 2012. The next venue for the US tour will be the National Geographic Museum in Washington, DC, opening in August 2012. A bilingual Arabic-English version of the 1001 Inventions exhibition was launched in November 2011 in Abu Dhabi for a five-week residency as part of the unaugural Abu Dhabi Science Festival.
The exhibitions will visit numerous North American cities from 2012 onwards, including Washington DC, as well as dozens of locations in the Middle East.
Will the exhibition be made available in different languages?
Yes, as well as English, Turkish and Arabic, we intend to translate the exhibition into multiple languages including Malay, Spanish, French, German and Italian.
Different translations will be made available to serve different territories and audiences.
Is there more to 1001 Inventions than just the exhibition?
1001 Inventions is a global brand which produces books, websites, films, teaching resources, conferences and events.
To complement the exhibition, we’ll be running a series of events across the world in partnership with different educational organisations. Please visit us online to sign up for updates.
Where can I find out more about 1001 Inventions online?