Al-Jazari: 800 Years AfterLEARN MORE
Some 800 years in the past, in 1206, a brilliant Muslim scholar died : Badi' al-Zaman Abu al-‘Izz ibn Ismail...
Figure 1: Picture of one of al-Jazari's automatic machines: a musical toy in the form of a boat. From a manuscript of his book copied in Syria in 715 H/1315 CE (opaque watercolour, ink and gold on paper). Source: http://www.asia.si.edu/collections/zoomObject.cfm?ObjectId=9919.
800 Years Later: In Memory of Al-Jazari, A Genius Mechanical EngineerLEARN MORE
Al-Jazari (1136-1206) was an important Arab Muslim scholar. He was an inventor and mechanical engineer who...
Figure 1: Backwards, no less... A statue of Mulla Nasruddin in Aksehir. (www.cevsad.org/index.php?islem=onemli_sahsiyet).
Mulla Nasruddin Khodja a Major Character of Muslim Satiric LiteratureLEARN MORE
Mullah Nasruddin Khodja is a wise man famous throughout the Muslim and some parts of the non-Muslim world...
Figure 1: The cover page of the recent edition of Miskaweih's Tajarub al-Umam (The Experiences of Nations) edited by Abu al-Qasem Imami (Tehran: Sorush, 2001, 7 vols.)
Survey on the Development of the Historical Method among Muslim Scholars until Ibn KhaldunLEARN MORE
This article surveys the development of historical methodology in the works of some influent Muslim...
Figure 1: View of Al-Azhar mosque courtyard in Cairo. The mosque, founded by the Fatimid caliph Al-Hakim in 990, was under construction when the 1006 supernova appeared in the sky. Source: http://www.sacred-destinations.com/egypt/cairo-al-azhar-university.htm.
"Three Times Greater than Venus": Ibn Ridhwan's Observation of Supernova 1006LEARN MORE
1001 years ago, an extraordinary astronomical event occurred in the sky: the most intense supernova ever...
Figure 1: Islamic Celestial Globe in brass, dated 1630 CE. This globe served both as a map of the heavens, as viewed from outside the starry sphere, and as a precision tool for making astronomical calculations. Engraved on its surface are various coordinate lines, constellation figures, and Arabic inscriptions. The stars are made of embedded bits of silver. The globe is hollow and was cast in one seamless piece. Source: http://www.nasm.si.edu/exploretheuniverse/etu_ne.htm.
Seeking Seamless Scientific Wonders: Review of Emilie Savage-Smith's WorkLEARN MORE
Najma Kazi reviews some salient aspects of Emilie Savage-Smith's work. Emilie Savage-Smith, who is a...