Last year news regarding the discovery of a ring found on a Viking woman with the inscription 'To Allah' erupted in the media. Some named it the “mysterious ring”, some actively debated and made up theories of how or why it arrived in Sweden. It is worth noting however that this was not the only contact documented between the Viking and Muslim Civilisation.
Professor Glen Cooper discusses the Golden Age of Muslim Civilisation. During the European Dark Ages, when science, art and literature seemed to flounder for centuries, there actually was a lot of discover in places like Iraq, Persia and Syria. Professor Cooper explains how science of medicine, mathematics and astronomy flourished.
Over a thousand-year period in Muslim Civilisation, epoch-making discoveries such as the first record of a star system outside our own galaxy were made, and astronomical instruments were developed laying the foundation for modern-day astronomy. These included celestial globes, armillary spheres, sextants and astrolabes.
The Lighthouse of Alexandria is one of the wonders of the Ancient World. It was still a great tourist attraction well into the medieval period, and was visited by many travellers to the city that were impressed by its magnitude.
Maqamat Al-Hariri are frequently referenced on beautiful pictorial illustrations showcasing aspects of life from the Golden Age of Muslim civilisation. But what were the Maqamat?
The heyday of Baghdad was 1,200 years ago when it was the thriving capital of the Muslim civilisation. It was home to the House of Wisdom, an academy of knowledge that attracted brains from far and wide. From mathematics and astronomy to zoology, the academy was a major centre of research, thought and debate in Muslim Civilisation.
Stunning colours light up the Nasīr al-Mulk Mosque in Shiraz, Iran. In this International Year of Light, photographer Mohammad Reza Domiri Ganji captures what on the outside looks like a conventional mosque...
Jeannie Miller, an assistant professor in the department of near & Middle Eastern civilizations, is working on a manuscript examining The Book of Animals by al-Jahiz, a ninth-century Arabic writer and polymath. Al-Jahiz saw himself as a theologian and natural scientist, but is often miscast because of the risqué nature of some of his prose.
Paper, originally, was brought from China into Muslim Civilisation. From an art, Muslim Civilisation developed it into a major industry. Paper mills flourished across the Muslim World. The impact of Muslim Civilisations manufacture of paper helped paved the way for the printing revolution.
TIME TELLING MACHINES: Revealing 7 marvellous mechanical and water-powered clocks from early Muslim Civilisation. These sophisticated devices that defied the Middle Ages.
World Book Day is a yearly event first week of March, "designated by UNESCO as a worldwide celebration of books and reading, and marked in over 100 countries all over the world"*. On this occasion we highlight important 'must read books' from 1001 Inventions.
Visitors to the China Science Festival in Beijing sample “Ibn al-Haytham’s EyeScura” - a pin hole camera obscura at the "1001 Inventions and the World of Ibn Al-Haytham" Zone.
China’s largest science festival launches with the new production “1001 Inventions and the World of Ibn Al-Haytham” as an anchor exhibition. 11th century Arab scholar Ibn al-Haytham was also unveiled as the official mascot of the 2015 China Science Festival.
1001 Inventions releases new photograph of the late actor Omar Sharif on the set of the film “1001 Inventions and the World of Ibn Al-Haytham” releasing later this year.
Following a heart-warming welcome by the people of Kuwait, the 1001 Inventions exhibition closed its doors to visitors after a month long residency at the Scientific Center of Kuwait.
Al-Jazari's "The Book Of Knowledge Of Ingenious Mechanical Devices"
Remembering Women from the Golden Age of Muslim Civilisation.
Art reconnects with science in honour of IbnAlHaytham at1001inventions exhibition at The Scientific Center Of Kuwait at a special event celebrating the 1,000 years anniversary of the work of Ibn Al Haytham marking UNESCO IYL2015
THE BOOK OF CURIOSITIES
From comets and star-groups to natural and supernatural phenomena. It’s all here in this fascinating and unique manuscript full of colourful maps including two world maps of great importance...