London Conference tackles 1000 years of amnesia of Muslim science and technology Wednesday 15th October, 2.30pm, Hoare Memorial Hall, Church House, Westminster.
Figure 1: View of The Palace of Westminster, seat of the Houses of Parliament or Westminster Palace, with the Clock Tower.
Jim Knight MP, the UK Minister for Schools and Learning and Sir Roland Jackson, the Chief Executive of the British Association for the Advancement of Science will address invited delegates only at the ‘Muslim Heritage in our World: Social Cohesion' conference on the 15th October at the Hoare Memorial Hall, Church House, Westminster by the Foundation for Science, Technology and Civilisation (FSTC).
The conference supports the "1001 Inventions: Discover the Muslim Heritage in Our World" exhibition at UK Houses of Parliament from 13th -17th October.
Presentations by leading academics, professors and historians will counter the 1000 years of historical amnesia which has ignored scientific and technological contributions from other cultures to our present civilization, creating a false sense of Euro-centric pride at the expense of other world cultures. The conference will examine how addressing this situation can be used as a catalyst to help policymakers promote better cultural understanding and social cohesion today.
Figure 2: Timeline of progress in civilisation showing the contribution of classical Muslim civilisation together with other world civilisations.
The conference Muslim Heritage in our World: Social Cohesion is intended to mark the 1001 inventions Exhibition at the House of Parliament: click here to see the announcement of the exhibition.
The programme of the conference includes the following hallmarks:
Wednesday 15th of October 2008
14.30 Registration (Strictly Invited only)
15.00 - 16.00 First Session
When the Moors Ruled in Europe
Prof. Jim Al-Khalili
Science and Rationalism in 9th Century Baghdad
Prof. Roshdi Rashed
Promoting Science-Based Cultural Dialogue Among Civilizations
Dr. Charles Savage
Standing Tall - Building upon our Common Heritages
Prof. Steve Hutchings
Centre for Muslim Civilization in our World
16.00 - 16.15 Coffee Break
16.15 - 17.20 Second Session
Prof. Salim Al-Hassani
1000 years Amnesia and the Identity Crisis
Michael H Morgan
Building Peace, by Recovering Lost History
Golden Web: The Interaction of Civilisations
Dr Suhair Qurashi
Muslim Women in Science
Curriculum Enrichment and Social Cohesion
Dr. Ian Griffin
The 1001 Inventions project as a vehicle to promote understanding and cohesion
18.00 - 19.00 Reception and speeches
Speeches from Jim Knight MP., the UK Minister for Schools and Learning and Sir Roland Jackson.
Venue of the conference:
Hoare Memorial Hall, Church House
For the PDF version of the conference programme, please click here. FSTC has issued two press releases; they can be viewed here:
Please click here for Press Release 1
Please click here for Press Release 2
Announcements of the conference Muslim Heritage in our World: Social Cohesion and the 1001 Inventions Exhibition at the House of Parliament were published also on the website of 1001 Inventions Initiative: click here and here.
For Press enquiries, please contact:
1001 Inventions Press Office
Tel: 0207 609 1900