Florida Museum of Science & History celebrates inventions from Muslim Civilisation
MOSH and 1001 Inventions organise an educational day
On August 5 2017, the Museum of Science & History (MOSH) in Jacksonville, Florida organised an educational day in partnership with 1001 Inventions to celebrate the scientific and cultural contributions of pioneers from Muslim Civilisation. The event was organised in collaboration with the Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens exhibition “Ink, Silk and Gold: Islamic Treasures from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston”.
Paul Bourcier, Curator of MOSH said:
It’s important for people to know that, throughout history, people from all different cultural backgrounds have made important contributions to the world in which we live. These cultures still exist today, and they’re here in Jacksonville. Whether your interest is in gardens, games, fabrics, fashions, clocks, cameras, medicine, math, languages, art, astronomy or geography, you’ll find something fascinating in this show.”
Hanan Dowidar, 1001 Inventions Head of Strategic Partnerships said:
We are delighted to partner with the Museum of Science & History to present engaging experiences to celebrate scientific achievements from the Golden Age of Muslim Civilisation that still influence our world today. 1001 Inventions aims to collaborate with schools, museums, and educational organisations around the world to help spark children’s interest in science while promoting diversity and intercultural appreciation.”
The educational event at MOSH featured screening the short film “1001 Inventions and the Library of Secrets” starring Oscar-winning actor Sir Ben Kingsley. Throughout the day MOSH science explainers performed diverse experiments themed on the scientific contributions of pioneers from Muslim Civilisation. Participating children and families also enjoyed hands-on workshops to explore the scientific inquiry and advancements during the Golden Age of Muslim Civilisation.
Also on August 14 the MOSH invited Professor Charles Falco to deliver a talk titled “Vision into Muslim Culture & Inventions: Ibn al-Haytham”. The lecture by Professor Falco aimed to take participants on a journey to better understand theories of vision, light and optics from the Golden Age of Muslim Civilisation to modern period. Professor Falco shed light on Ibn al-Haytham, the 11th century inventor, philosopher and thinker from Arabia, and his contributions to modern science and technology.
Images from the event
About MOSH (Jacksonville, Florida)
The Museum of Science & History (MOSH) is located at 1025 Museum Circle near Friendship Foundation Park. MOSH, first chartered in 1941, inspires the joy of lifelong learning by bringing to life the sciences and regional history.
About 1001 Inventions
1001 Inventions is an award-winning, British based organisation that creates international educational campaigns and engaging transmedia productions aiming to raise awareness of the contributions to science, technology and culture from the Golden Age of Muslim Civilisation.
1001 Inventions has engaged with over 300 million people across the globe working with a network of international partners, including UNESCO, National Geographic and leading academics to produce interactive exhibits, short films, live shows, books and classroom learning materials that are being used by hundreds of thousands of educators around the world.