Book Recommendation: "1001 Inventions Book: Muslim Heritage in Our World"
Wednesday, June 4, 2008
Interesting new book, should be a handy reference source:
1001 Inventions Book: Muslim Heritage in Our World:
"If you ask the average person where their spectacles or camera or fountain pen come from, few people would say Muslims. This project takes you in a journey through a thousand years of Muslim contributions in medicine, mechanics, cartography, chemistry, education, engineering, architecture and astronomy."
Professor Salim Al-Hassani, Chairman of the Foundation for Science, Technology and Civilisation (FSTC)
"This is a wonderful book, beautifully illustrated and very well re-searched. I bought a copy and I read it from cover to cover. I also lent it to my father who also thinks it is great! In its own right, it is a wonderful read that also has a rich background for my own projects. I do recommend it and think it is a fascinating book that is extremely well put together and referenced"
Professor Jim Al-Khalili, British Theoretical Nuclear Physicist, Academic, Author and Broadcaster.
"I have to say that I am absolutely delighted to support the 1001 Inventions Project. This is a scintillating and original initiative and incredibly timely... Of course the tradegy of much of Muslim Heritage is that it was burnt in 1492 in Spain, over one million Muslim texts were set into the fires. But with a project like 1001 Inventions, I think we are going to see a phoenix rise from the ashes."
Ms. Bettany Hughes, Renowned British TV Presenter
"It is super celebration of Islamic brillaiance in the Middle Ages. The Arabs were the people that shone with their extraordinary mathematical ability and abillity to observe the natural world and make sense of it... and that is what this project is all about."
Mr. Adam Hart Davis, Photographer, Writer and TV Science Presenter of the BBC Series
"The heritage that has been given to us by the Muslim community is immense. It is totally unrecognised. We want to bring it to the attention of the National Curriculum, so that in time, everybody will understand that the carpet, algebra, the stars and everything around you that has been brought to us scientifically and technologically, originated in the Muslim community. We know that it will bring harmony and knowledge to the whole population, not just to the Muslims, but to the whole world."
Mr. Peter Raymond, MBE Vice President, Parliamentary & Scientific Affairs Committee
"Today we all know that Islam and the West are not only compatible but can prosper together. That's what these projects demonstrate."
The Right Honourable MP Mike O'Brien, QC Solicitor General speaking on behalf of Prime Minister Tony Blair
"It is indeed a praiseworthy effort, a commendable and timely endeavour, an eye-opener which will allow new generations to catch a glimpse, a tiny portion of great global legacy and contribution to science and technology, realised by the Muslims in ancient times. We are all confident that this exhibition will help to bring cultural awareness conducive to filling part of the gap which separates Islam and the West, as well as defining the 1000 years of missing history."
His Excellency Professor Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu, Secretary General of OIC
"1001 inventions, which gave an insight into the quite extraordinary achievements of the Arab renaissance, which preceded and helped to power Europe's own, later, renaissance. At the same time we are being more active in debating and encouraging a sense of citizenship – getting people of all faiths to recognise the benefits of living in a thriving, democracy like Britain which protects their right to follow their religion as fully and openly as they want." Jack Straw, Secretary of State for Justice and former Foreign Secretary.
from "Two Kingdoms: Friendship and Partnership" speech
The Qur'an itself repeatedly recommends Muslims to become better educated in order better to understand God's creation: Aga Khan IV(2007)
The Quran tells us that signs of Allah's Sovereignty are found in the contemplation of His Creation: Aga Khan IV(2007)
This notion of the capacity of the human intellect to understand and to admire the creation of Allah will bring you happiness in your everyday lives: Aga Khan IV(2007)
Islam, eminently logical, placing the greatest emphasis on knowledge, purports to understand God's creation: Aga Khan IV(2006)
The first and only thing created by God was the Intellect(Aql)(Prophet Muhammad, circa 632CE)
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