Must Read books from 1001 Inventions

'Must Read' books from 1001 InventionsThis is the 19th year there’s been a World Book Day, and on this day children of all ages are coming together to appreciate reading. Very loudly and very happily. The main aim of World Book Day in the UK and Ireland is to encourage children to explore the pleasures of books and reading by providing them with the opportunity to have a book of their own. (*

The celebration of the World Book Day is an opportunity to renew the commemoration of culture of books and reading from the Golden Age of Muslim Civilisation.

Books became a visible medium within the first century of Muslim Civilisation where people soon came to know and spread the use of paper, calligraphy, illumination, binding, publishing, marketing, lending and collection development, to name a few.

Books became popular through book stores, writers, editors, copyist, translators, and most importantly, libraries. Libraries began in mosques, then in private homes and palaces. Public, school, academic and research libraries soon followed. The famous institution of Baghdad, the House of Wisdom, founded by the Abbasid Caliphs, which radiated knowledge throughout the world started as a library. Despite this advancement status of the book in the civilization, few comprehensive surveys exist on its historiography.

Books and other educational materials will continue to be a fundamental part of the 1001 Inventions global initiative.

Here’s our list of ‘must read’ books from 1001 Inventions… 

1001 Inventions: The Enduring Legacy of Muslim Civilisation

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The latest edition of the best-selling 1001 Inventions book introduces the enduring legacy of Muslim Civilization to new audiences around the world. The previous two editions of the flagship 1001 Inventions publication and this 3rd edition have sold more than 350,000 copies, with Turkish and Arabic versions also proving very popular.

The book’s seven chapters are richly illustrated and provide insight into the everyday life of early Muslim Civilization and the related and subsequent growth and progress of Western Civilization. There is also an extensive reference section, a glossary of subjects and people, charts, timelines and maps illustrating the inventions and contributions, remarkable photographs, artifacts, historic documents and drawings.


1001 Inventions and Awesome Facts from Muslim Civilization

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The book produced in partnership with National Geographic for ages 8-12 uses the winning formula of facts, photos and fun. Each page is packed with information on little-known history of Muslim Civilization, showing how their achievements still apply to our world today.


Ibn Al-Haytham: The Man Who Discovered How We See

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From 1001 Inventions and National Geographic Kids, the book provides accessible, yet wide-ranging, information for independent readers.

The book is a special tribute to the 11th century pioneering scientific thinker Al-Hasan Ibn al-Haytham (known in the West by the Latinized form of his first name “Alhazen”). It is a companion to the international educational campaign, “1001 Inventions and the World of Ibn al-Haytham,” that includes interactive exhibits, workshops, live shows, and a 12-minute film starring Omar Sharif in his final film cinematic appearance.


1001 Inventions Teachers’ Pack

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The main aim of this pack is to help teachers explain science content in an exciting and hands-on approach. The Teachers’ Pack maps relevant historical scientific and technological discoveries and principles, from the Muslim Civilisation, to the national curriculum for secondary schools (ages 11 to 16).


Teachers’ Guide to 1001 Inventions and Awesome Facts from Muslim Civilization

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The guide starts with 35 Quizzily Questions to keep track of how well students are absorbing and remembering what they are reading and studying in the 1001 Inventions book. The section after introduces suggestions for a number of activities related to the book. Following the interactive experiences, there are specific projects that enhance and explore information presented on particular subjects.


1001 Inventions Children’s Activity Guide

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A Children’s Guide to the exhibition, this activity book brings to life the characters and inventions featured in 1001 Inventions. With amazing facts and fun quizzes on every area of discovery, this book features 33 pages of fascinating detail about Muslim civilisation. It also contains 5 brilliant projects to allow children to experiment and create, just like the famous inventors of the golden age.

This guide book is a great way for schools to follow up an exhibition visit in lessons, or for parents and children to bring the wonder of the exhibition home. It will make a memorable addition to any bookshelf and remind younger visitors of this inspiring period of history.


1001 Inventions Activity Sheets

  • Primary School Activity Sheets for Arabic Science Exhibition Visitors (7 zones)  (English) (Arabic)
  • Secondary School Activity Sheets for Arabic Science Exhibition Visitors (7 zones) (English) (Arabic)
  • Primary School Activity Sheets for Arabic Science Exhibition Visitors (5 zones) (English)
  • Secondary School Activity Sheets for Arabic Science Exhibition Visitors (5 zones) (English)
  • “1001 Inventions and the World of ibn Al-Haytham” Educational Materials 


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'Must Read' books from 1001 Inventions

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