New Annotated Reference (Text Only) Edition of 1001 Inventions

New Annotated Reference (Text Only) Edition of 1001 Inventions: The Enduring Legacy of Muslim Civilisation

The Foundation for Science, Technology and Civilisation (FSTC) in partnership with 1001 Inventions announced today the planned publication of a new edition of the best-selling book 1001 Inventions: The Enduring Legacy of Muslim Civilization.

The eBook of the new edition will be available starting October 2017 as a text only annotated reference edition. Plans for a popular version in print are being finalised for 2018.

1001 Inventions: The Enduring Legacy of Muslim Civilization takes readers on a journey through history to discover remarkable achievements from the ‘Golden Age’ of Muslim civilization.

Writing in the foreword, Professor William R. Shea says:

This fourth edition has been made available online to provide anyone anywhere, and more particularly students all over the world, with the possibility of broadening their appreciation of the contributions to science during the Golden Age of Muslim civilisation, and to see it as part of the main history of intellectual culture.”

Professor Salim Al-Hassani, Chief Editor of the book notes:

While seeking to redress some of the neglect of science in Muslim Heritage, our work strongly acknowledges the Muslim debt to other civilizations; Chinese, Hindu, Greek, Roman, Egyptian, Mesopotamian as well as the modern Western civilization. We particularly acknowledge our debt to Western scholarship that has enlightened us on the merits and accomplishments of Muslim civilization. This new edition owes in very large measure to the many colleagues (see list below) who made it possible.”

The book uncovers groundbreaking scientific and technological advances made during a thousand-year period from the 7th century onwards. Through its seven main sections, it covers diverse aspects of life relevant to our every day lives including home, school, hospital, market, town, world and universe. It ends by a chapter entitled Wealth of Knowledge giving short biographical notes on significant scholars of various faiths embraced by Muslim civilisation and on various related European scholars of the time.

This new edition of the book casts new light and delivers new insights, and includes many new sources, extensive references and footnotes. The many scholars who reviewed the previous edition helped draw attention to many shortcomings and added so much valuable material to the previous editions.

FSTC decided to publish the Reference edition online, with extensive footnotes and annotations, in order to provide scholars the opportunity to review the book before the planned release of the popular edition in 2018.

The new edition will continue to support the 1001 Inventions global exhibitions that are touring the world and the eBook’s release is in conjunction with a 1001 Inventions exhibition launching at the Michigan Science Center from October 7, 2017 through January 7, 2018.

Ahmed Salim, Co-Founder and Managing Director of 1001 Inventions said:
Previous editions of the book including the third edition published by National Geographic were massively successful selling millions of copies across the world. The book gained a reputation for being the must-have book for learning about the Golden Age of science from Muslim civilisation. This special edition, based on the latest findings, promises to continue such success as a valuable resource for educators, academics and researchers.” 

Read the full annoucement here:


Original Al-Idrisi 12th century map

About FSTC

FSTC is a UK-based research and publishing educational non-religious non-political entity, which was formed in 1999 to popularise, and promote an accurate account of historical contributions from Muslim and other cultures to science, technology and civilisation. It is a non-profit organisation that boasts an international board of trustees, advisors and learned scholars and dignitaries.

It brings together a unique online community of Muslims and non-Muslims at, a website dedicated to raising awareness of the contributions of male and female scholars of different faiths from Muslim civilisation. It organises conferences, develops resources, provides lectures, and delivers training courses on a wide variety of topics deriving lessons from the past for building a better future. .

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 400 million people across the globe working with a network of international partners, including UNESCO, National Geographic and the academic organisation FSTC 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.

New Edition of 1001 Inventions Book Announced
The tools and technique of making paper leaf depicted in a volume illustrating crafts and trades, Kashmir

Acknowledgement to Reviewers

The publisher thanks the scholars who reviewed various sections and chapters of this new edition, each in their respective specialty. In alphabetical order, they are:

  • Professor Sheila Blair, Boston, USA.
  • Professor Jonathan Bloom, Boston, USA.
  • Professor Amriah Buang, Selangor Malaysia.
  • Professor Charles Burnett, London, United Kingdom.
  • Professor Constantin Canavas, Hamburg, Germany.
  • Professor Stephano Carboni, Perth, Western Australia.
  • Professor Giancarlo Casale, Minnesota, USA.
  • Professor Sami Chalhoub, Aleppo, Syria.
  • Doctor Emma Clarke, London, United Kingdom.
  • Professor Glen M Cooper, Claremont, USA.
  • Professor Charles Falco, Arizona, USA.
  • Professor Mohamed ElGomati, OBE, York, United Kingdom.
  • Professor John M Hobson, Sheffield, United Kingdom.
  • Doctor Zohor Idrisi, London, United Kingdom.
  • Professor David Knight, Durham, United Kingdom.
  • Professor Mustafa Mawaldi, Aleppo, Syria.
  • Professor Sabah Mushatat, Wolverhampton, United Kingdom.
  • Professor Karen C Pinto, Idaho, USA.
  • Professor Cesare Rossi, Napoli, Italy.
  • Professor Bashar SaadBaga Algharbiya, Israel.
  • Professor Julio Samso’, Barcelona, Spain.
  • Doctor Rabah Saoud, Ajman, UAE.
  • Professor William R Shea, Cormondrèche, Switzerland.
  • Doctor M. Zafer Wafai, Texas, USA.
  • Professor Andrew Watson, Toronto, Canada.
  • Professor John B. West, San Diego, USA.
  • Doctor Salah E. Zaimeche, Manchester, United Kingdom.
  • Professor Siegfried Zielinski, Karlsruhe, Germany.