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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Here are some answers to frequently asked questions.
 What is 1001 Inventions?

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.

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 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. 
 What’s in the exhibition?

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 several versions of the exhibition touring the world right now. The first is an English language version that is currently touring venues in Europe following residencies at science centres in the United States. The second is a bilingual Arabic-English exhibition that is touring venues in the Middle East. We have also produced a bilingual English-Bahasa version that is currently touring Malaysia.


 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 employed a panel of renowned experts to review and verify all the information available within the 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?

The exhibitions have visited more than a dozen major world cities as part of our global tour. We have unveiled productions and welcomed millions of visitors in Europe, Asia, North America, South America and the Middle East.


 Will the exhibition be made available in different languages?

Yes, as well as presenting 1001 Inventions in English, Turkish, Arabic, Bahasa Malay, Swedish, Dutch and Portuguese, we plan to translate the exhibition into many additional languages. 

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, live shows, 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?