Proceedings of the Muslim Heritage Awareness Group Meeting

The Muslim Heritage Awareness Group (MHAG), a network of supporters and key associates of the Foundation for Science, Technology and Civilisation (FSTC) met on 30 March 2011 at the Royal Society in London. We report below on the meeting and provide the proceedings of the meeting edited by the Editorial Board of www.MuslimHeritage.com and approved by the authors. The presentations focused on the theme debated in this MHAG meeting: Marking the 1000 Years of Ibn Al-Haytham's Kitab al-Manazir (The Book of Optics).

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30 March 2011, Royal Society, London

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Figure 1: The Muslim Heritage Awareness Group (MHAG)  

The Muslim Heritage Awareness Group (MHAG), a network of supporters and key associates of the Foundation for Science, Technology and Civilisation (FSTC) met on 30 March 2011 at the Royal Society in London in one of its regular meetings.

We report hereafter on the meeting and provide resumes of the presentations about the theme debated in this meeting: Marking the 1000 Years of Ibn Al-Haytham's Kitab al-Manazir (The Book of Optics).

Before the presentations, Professor Salim Al-Hassani paid tribute to Peter Raymond MBE, a founding Trustee of FSTC and the founder of the MHAG network and its Chairman for many years, who passed away at the end of January 2011 (read more here: In Memoriam: Peter Raymond MBE).

The speakers at the 30 March 2011 meeting of MHAG and their presentations were:

  1. Dr Nayef Al-Rodhan: "Sustainable history and the Dignity of Man"
  2. Mr Trevor Hilder: A 500 Years Old Afghan Story and Intercultural Relations
  3. Professor Peter Adamson: Natural Philosophy In Muslim Heritage
  4. Professor Nader El-Bizri: Ibn al-Haytham, an introduction
  5. Professor Mohammed El-Gomati: Ibn al-Haytham's ‘Book of Optics' That Changed Physics
  6. Dr Saira Malik: The Influence of Ibn al-Haytham on Kamal al-Din al-Farisi
  7. Dr Rim Turkmani: Ibn al-Haytham in the Royal Society's 'Arabick Connections' Exhibition

Figure 2: The Muslim Heritage Awareness Group (MHAG), a network of supporters and key associates of the Foundation for Science, Technology and Civilisation (FSTC) met on 30 March 2011 at the Royal Society in London

The second session of the afternoon focussed on the development and future role of MHAG.

Ian Kendrick spoke about the role of MHAG in FSTC's rapidly expanding global mission. He summarised the results of his recent strategic review of the FSTC group of organisations. He concluded that MHAG is a group of remarkable people, working together in order to help shape the future and this process should start very soon.

Figure 3: MHAG, a network of supporters and key associates of the FSTC

Professor Salim Al-Hassani spoke about MHAG developments in UK, Turkey and the USA. The US tour of the exhibition 1001 Inventions was proving very successful but had had to adapt to the different nature of US society and culture. There are also plans for exhibitions in Jordan and Abu Dhabi later this year. The question is how should MHAG expand now that the message has been globalised and what shape should the network take since it cannot be as centralised as in the past. Professor Salim Al-Hassani put it straight to the audience: How should FSTC make use of the expertise in the worldwide MHAG community?

Figure 4: Dr Nayef Al-Rodhan, Keynote speaker "Sustainable History and the Dignity of Man"

Further Information

- FSTC WEBSITE: www.fstc.org.uk
- 1001 INVENTIONS: www.1001inventions.com
- CE4CE WEBSITE: www.ce4ce.org
- TURKISH WEBSITE: www.1001icat.com
- YOUTUBE: www.youtube.com/1001inventions
- TWITTER: www.twitter.com/1001inventions
- FACEBOOK: www.facebook.com/1001inventions

- Muslim Heritage Newsletter. A Quarterly Publication issued by the Foundation for Science, Technology and Civilisation (FSTC), since November 2007:

- Al-Hassani, Salim, chairman of FSTC and 1001 Inventions and chief editor of 1001 inventions: Muslim Heritage in our World. Manchester: FSTC, 2006, Hardcover: 372 pages. ISBN-10: 0955242606 - ISBN-13: 978-0955242601. 2nd edition 2010; Turkish translation 2010; an Arabic translation is in preparation and an augmented third English edition is forthcoming.

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