Ibn Al-Haytham honoured with 1001 Inventions at Abu Dhabi Book Fair

Abu Dhabi, 27 April 2016: 1001 Inventions introduced at the Abu Dhabi International Book Fair (ADIBF) a newly published children’s book with National Geographic Kids about 11th century enlightened Arab scientist Ibn al-Haytham. This launch comes as part of a special show organised by 1001 Inventions in partnership with ADIBF to honour Ibn al-Haytham at this year’s edition in celebration of its main theme ‘Reading the Past to Define the Future’.

The show and book are a tribute to 11th century pioneering scientific thinker Ibn al-Haytham, and are part of a global educational campaign launched by 1001 Inventions in partnership with UNESCO in 2015 that has engaged more than 25 million people around the world. The campaign comprises of educational experiences including exhibits, live shows, educational materials for schools, interactive games, hands-on workshops and a new short film starring legendary actor Omar Sharif. International Artist Sami Yusuf composed the film’s soundtrack.

The film’s trailer can be watched on www.IbnAlhaytham.com


Considered by many as the ‘Father of Optics’, Ibn al-Haytham made important contributions to the understanding of vision, optics and light. His methodology of investigation, in particular using experiments to verify theory, shows certain similarities to what later became known as the modern scientific method. Ibn al-Haytham revolutionised science and his life serves as an inspiration to young people all over the world.

Ahmed Salim, Producer and Director of 1001 Inventions said:

We are delighted that the partnership of Abu Dhabi Book Fair has provided the opportunity to honour Ibn al-Haytham in Abu Dhabi for the first time and the UAE launch of a new children’s book. Ibn al-Haytham’s inspirational life and his contributions to our world are important to recognise. He lived during a golden age of discovery and creativity in Muslim Civiliastion where men and women of different faiths and cultures achieved breakthroughs that influence our world today. Through the Ibn Al-Haytham Campaign we aim to inspire children and young people and equip them with a mindset that enables them to build a better future.”

The new first-of-its-kind children’s book that will be unveiled at the 1001 Inventions stand at the Fair is part of the National Geographic Kids Readers Series that has sold millions of copies. This is the first time the series features themes from Muslim Civilisation. It features Ibn al-Haytham’s story with dazzling illustrations and fascinating facts, taking readers on a wondrous journey. This new book will find new audiences and build on the sucess of other 1001 Inventions books taht have distriubted over 50,000 copies worldwide.

In celeberation of the United Nations proclaimed International Year of Light and to honour Ibn al-Haytham, 1001 Inventions led tribute events at the United Nations in New York, at UNESCO in Paris, the Royal Society in London with Prince Andrew Duke of York and in more than 10 other cities around the world.

1001 Inventions welcomes visitors at ADIBF at hall 12, stand 12G06 between 27 April and 3 May from 9am to 10pm.


About Abu Dhabi Book Fair

The Abu Dhabi International Book Fair, under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, is a major business initiative of KITAB, a joint venture between the Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture and Heritage and the Frankfurt Book Fair. KITAB’s aim is to develop the book and publishing industry and promote reading in Abu Dhabi and the neighbouring Arab Emirates. KITAB will focus on making the Abu Dhabi International Book Fair truly international and developing a long-term networking opportunity between the Arabic and international publishing communities.


About 1001 Inventions

1001 Inventions is an award-winning, British based organization 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.

Over the last five years, 1001 Inventions has engaged with over 250 million people across the globe. The organization works with a network of international partners, including UNESCO, 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.



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