1001 Inventions and Cures from the East

A fascinating journey to the past to appreciate how pioneers from the East contributed to modern-day healthcare

1001 Inventions and Cures from the East

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Celebrating Diversity through Engaging Science and Cultural Experiences

‘1001 Inventions and Cures from the East’ is an educational initiative created by 1001 Inventions to introduce the fascinating legacy of healthcare from the creative golden age of science in early Muslim Civilisation and connected civilisations from the East.

Experiential learning offered through theatre, music and creative workshops to excite children about science, simplify concepts related to health and medicine while helping children better understand principles of experimentation and critical thinking.

An exciting theatre performance sets the scene and takes children on a fascinating journey to the past to appreciate how pioneers from the East contributed to modern-day healthcare and medicine. Following the show, the actors and musicians, together with an exciting team of science explainers expand on issues introduced on stage through hands-on activities including how vision works through the lens of Ibn al-Haytham’s camera obscura, practising ancient surgical techniques through cross stitching and creating structural models of viral diseases and much more.

The initiative launched at the Royal Society to celebrate the British Science Week 2018 is available for schools and relevant events in the UK.

Celebrate diversity and bring ‘1001 Inventions and Cures from the East’ programme to your school and enjoy a wondrous journey full of fun and learning through a range of engaging science and cultural experiences.

For enquiries and event bookings, please contact us!


1001 Inventions Presents ‘Cures from the East’ at the Royal Society

Hundreds of children celebrate the British Science Week with 1001 Inventions in London

London, March 14 2018: In celebration of the British Science Week, 1001 Inventions organised today an exciting educational day for London schools at the Royal Society.

Hundreds of children enjoyed ‘1001 Inventions and Cures from the East’ day of activities. The event was themed on the fascinating legacy of healthcare and medicine from the creative golden age of science in early Muslim Civilisation that stretched from Spain to China including North and Eastern African, Arabian, Persian, Central Asian, Indian and Turkic Cultures.

Ahmed Salim, Co-Founder and Director of 1001 Inventions said:

We are delighted to launch this new educational initiative at this year’s edition of the British Science Week. ‘Cures from the East’ follows other 1001 Inventions productions focused on specific themes including ‘1001 Inventions and the World of Ibn Al-Haytham’ on light, optics and vision and ‘Al-Jahiz and the Book of Animals’ promoting caring for all living things. These educational initiatives support our overarching aim to spark young people’s interest in science and passion for learning while promoting diversity and inclusion.

An engaging live drama show took children on a wondrous journey to the past, introducing extraordinary contributions of pioneers of healthcare and medicine from early Muslim Civilisation including Al-Zahrawi, Ibn al-Haytham, Al-Razi and Ibn Sina. The live show was accompanied by classical music performance, introducing children to instruments from the East including the Darbuka and Qanun.

The educational event also included a range of interactive activities, led by a team of local science explainers, simplifying concepts related to health and medicine while exciting children about science.

Hanan Dowidar, 1001 Inventions Head of Strategic Partnerships said: 

It was so wonderful to find massive interest as we launch ‘1001 Inventions and Cures from the East’ in London. We are delighted with the positive feedback from pupils, teachers and home-schooling parents and look forward to bringing this exciting science and cultural learning experience to other children in the UK and around the world.

About British Science Week

British Science Week, run by the British Science Association is a ten-day celebration of science, technology, engineering and maths, featuring entertaining and engaging events and activities across the UK for people of all ages.

British Science Week provides a platform to stimulate and support teachers, STEM professionals, science communicators and the general public to produce and participate in STEM events and activities.


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.

1001 Inventions has engaged with over 350 million people across the globe working with a network of international partners, including UNESCO, National Geographic and leading academics to produce interactive exhibitsshort films, live shows, books and classroom learning materials that are being used by hundreds of thousands of educators around the world.



1001 Inventions and Cures From The East

Event is organised by 1001 Inventions

Producers: Ahmed Salim, Hanan Dowidar, Scott Alexander, Naz Kabir and Shaza Shannan


Science Explainers and Facilitators

  • Ahmed Alboksmaty
  • Andre Braga Verissimo
  • Beth Alexander
  • Bethan Mason
  • Catherine Hoffman
  • Hana Dowidar
  • Millie Marsden
  • Natalie Parker Jones
  • Oliver Bishop Young
  • Rubilla Javaid
  • Sara Bantran
  • Sarah Brown
  • Sophie Ann Perry
  • Sophie Wang
  • Yolanta Kwiatkowski
  • Zeenat Javaid

Science Explainers’ Guide Development

  • Mohamed Elsonbaty
  • Heidi Houlihan

Theatre Show

  • Nicholas Khan, as Al-Zahrawi
  • Emma King, as Lady Mary Montague
  • Rebecca Mileham, Script
  • Aysun Sapaz, Costumes and Wardrobe
  • Al Firdous Ensemble, Music


  • FForest Films & Rhys Thwaites-Jones, Camera/Editing
  • Ali Amro, Artwork
  • Inspiral Design, Graphic Design
  • Cem Nizamoglu, Web Content

With special thanks to

  • Health Development Holding Company
  • Foundation for Science, Technology and Civilisation
  • The Royal Society
  • British Science Association
  • Dr. Bettany Hughes
  • Professor Peter Pormann
  • Professor Peter Frankopan

Participating Schools:

  • Al-Sadiq & Al-Zahra Schools
  • Assunnah Primary School
  • Beulah Junior School
  • Bevington Primary School
  • La Sainte Union Catholic School
  • Quwwat ul Islam Girls School

and all the home-schooling groups