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August 2012 Issue 9

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In the period from the last Newsletter 8, FSTC achieved new breakthroughs. New partnerships were announced and new projects were launched. Cooperation with the Royal Society continued and was strengthened. The partnership with National Geographic resulted in the release in USA of the 3rd edition of 1001 Inventions book and the hosting of the exhibition “1001 Inventions” in National Geographic Museum in Washington beginning from August 3, 20121. FSTC scholars and associates presented lectures and conferences and published chapters in books and dozens of articles on FSTC’s academic web portal www.MuslimHeritage.com.

 


 

Message from President and Chairman of FSTC

Dear Friends,
It gives us great pleasure to send you this issue of the FSTC newsletter.  We hope you enjoy reading about the recent activities achievements of the Foundation for Science, Technology & Civilisation (FSTC) and all its subsidiaries and groups. So far, this year has been very exciting and fascinating for us.  Our noble mission is rapidly expanding and continues to reach millions of people around the globe.  We could not have achieved this without the dedication of all our members and associates. Our heartfelt congratulations and appreciation go to you for all the excellent work you have done and the support you have given..
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1001 Inventions launches in Washington DC

The award-winning interactive exhibition, 1001 Inventions, opened in the US capital on the 3rd of August 2012, introducing brand new audiences to the Golden Age of Muslim Civilization. Visitors to the National Geographic Museum, just half a mile from the White House, will be given the opportunity to discover the ground-breaking scientific and cultural achievements of this era, from the 7th to the 17th centuries, for six months until the 3rd of February 2013.
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New Articles on MuslimHeritage.com

Sports in Muslim Heritage by the President of FSTC, Professor Salim Al-Hassani, published in the spring 2012 issue of Runnymede Bulletin; Jewels of Muslim Calligraphy, a book review titled "Female Calligraphers: Past & Present" by Hilal Kazan from Dr. Betül Ipsirli Argit and Dr. Salim Ayduz; Ilay Ileri on Ali Al-Qushji and His Contributions to Mathematics and Astronomy; Richard Covington on East Meets West in Venice; Kaouthar Chatioui wrote a book review of “Ibn Sayyar al-Warraq's Tenth-century Baghdadi Cookbook” by Nawal Nasrallah; Dr. Salim Ayduz published on ‘Ali b. Sahl Rabban al-Tabari and on Significant Ottoman Mathematicians and their Works; Dr. Nasim Hasan Naqvi wrote two articles on Al-Razi’s Treatise on Smallpox and Measles an Caesarean Section in Early Islamic Literature; Cem Nizamoglu wrote a paper on The Institution of Waqf as a solution to the economic crisis. The Editorial Board of the academic web portal of FSTC published various articles, among which we mention: Dr Almansour Lectures on “1000 years of Inventions and Innovations” in Japan; Islamic Development Bank 2012 Prizes for Science and Technology Science in Arabic Poetry. FSTC Explores a New Face of Muslim Heritage in Abu Dhabi, and obituaries for our dear Professor H. H. Gunhan Danisman and Professor Ahmad Y. al-Hassan.

 


 

The Prince of Wales Supports 1001 Inventions

His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales has written the foreword for the latest edition of the best-selling 1001 Inventions book, published by National Geographic, which demonstrates the enduring legacy of Muslim civilization. The previous two editions of the flagship 1001 Inventions publication sold more than 250,000 copies, with Turkish and Arabic versions also proving very popular. Praising the project, The Prince of Wales states in his foreword: “I am delighted to see the success of the initiative called 1001 Inventions, which presents and celebrates the many scientific, technological and humanitarian developments shared by the Islamic world and the West.”
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MHAG Meeting at Al-Furqan Foundation

The Muslim Heritage Awareness Group (MHAG), a consulting network to the Foundation for Science, Technology and Civilisation (FSTC), held its meeting on Thursday 24 May 2012 at Al-Furqan Islamic Heritage Foundation, in London. After the reception and the opening words, Mr. Sharaf Yamani, member of the Al-Furqan Board of Directors, gave a short brief on Al-Furqan main work and achievements in the field of Islamic manuscripts during the last two decades, emphasizing Al-Furqan two flagship projects, i.e. the World Survey of Islamic Manuscripts and its ongoing project of the Online Database of the Islamic Manuscripts.
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National Geographic Radio Interview

National Geographic Weekend Radio aired an interview performed with Professor Salim Al-Hassani, President of FSTC. The core matter in this interview is, in Western schools, many world history classes gloss over the period of time following the fall of the Roman Empire by calling them the "Dark Ages." But Salim Al-Hassani explains to Boyd that the Muslim world was bursting with industry and discoveries that helped Europe usher in its Renaissance period. Al-Hassani edited the book 1001 Inventions: The Enduring Legacy of Muslim Civilization.
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National Geographic Releases New 1001 Inventions Book

The latest edition of the best-selling 1001 Inventions book has been published by National Geographic, and will introduce the enduring legacy of Muslim civilization to new audiences in North America and the rest of the world. The previous two editions of the flagship 1001 Inventions publication sold more than 150,000 copies, with Turkish and Arabic versions also proving very popular. The book releases in conjunction with the globally renowned 1001 Inventions exhibition, which will be on display at National Geographic headquarters from August 2012 through February 2013.
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Inter-cultural Respect through Cultural Roots of Science

This lecture was presented by Professor Al-Hassani at the 15th Euro-Asian Economic Forum held in Istanbul and Izmir, Turkey, on 11-13 April 2012. The summit, which started in Istanbul and ended in Izmir, was attended by 13 presidents etc, one Prime Minister, one Speaker of the Parliament, three Deputy Ministers and 30 Ministers from 50 countries.
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Marmara University Rector and Vice-Rector visit FSTC

As part of their visit to UK, Marmara University rector Prof. Zafer Gül and vice-rector Prof. Hamza Kandur visited Foundation for Science, Technology & Civilisation (FSTC) on 20th March 2012. Prof. Gül and Kandur were welcomed and hosted by the Prof. Salim Al-Hassani, President of FSTC, Prof. Mohamed El Gomati, Chairman of FSTC, and FSTC trustees.
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Half a million visit 1001 Inventions in Los Angeles

A record of half a million people visited the award-winning 1001 Inventions exhibition, brainchild of FSTC, during its recent outing in Los Angeles. Following blockbuster residencies in London, Istanbul and New York, the world renowned exhibition has achieved its largest audience to date as 500,000 people experienced the interactive 1001 Inventions show between May 2011 and March 2012 at the California Science Center.
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Kristiane Backer Interviews FSTC President

Kristiane Backer conducted an interview with Professor Salim Al-Hassani, founder of 1001 Inventions and President of The Foundation for Science, Technology and Civilisation (FSTC) in the TV Chat Show Matters of Faith on Ebru TV. The interview was diffused by "Matters of Faith" team on Youtube. The interview was about the main theme of uncovering 1000 years of science and technology that emerged during the period known as The Dark Ages in many western accounts of history - the same period that is known as The Golden Age in the very cultures that invented the science and technology that the history of the west either obscures, glosses over or ignores.
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1001 Inventions Success in Dhahran

The award-winning interactive exhibition, 1001 Inventions, has completed a blockbuster residency in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia, welcoming more than 50,000 visitors over a 4-week period. The exhibition was an anchor attraction at the Saudi Aramco Cultural Program (SACP), between the 21st of June and the 18th of July 2012, at the Dhahran Aramco Cultural Park.
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Queen Honors the FSTC Chairman, Professor Mohamed El-Gomati

Professor Mohamed El-Gomati, recently appointed Chairman of the Foundation for Science Technology and Civilisation (FSTC), has been made an OBE (Most Excellent Order of the British Empire) in the New Year's Honors List. Professor El-Gomati has been a trustee and Vice-Chairman of FSTC for many years. He is an advisor to a number of UK Universities and charities and speaks on the contribution of Muslims in Science, Technology and Civilisation.
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Professor Al-Hassani, One of the 500 Most Influential Muslims

The recently released third edition (2010-2011) of The 500 Most Influential Muslims, has bestowed a deserved distinction on Professor Salim T S Al-Hassani, the President of the Foundation for Science, Technology and Civilisation (FSTC). Professor Salim T S Al-Hassani was selected as one of the Muslims who, by their work, represent a worldwide influence on the Muslim community, this influence being the power (be it cultural, ideological, financial, political or otherwise) to make a change that will have a significant positive impact on the Muslim World.
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Abu Dhabi Science Festival Ended

The latest 1001 Inventions exhibition, and the first designed specifically for a Middle East audience, enjoyed a glamorous Royal launch in the UAE’s capital on the 19th of November 2011, where it was resident for five weeks until the 24th of December 2011. During that time the exhibition attracted more than 75,000 visitors. The free educational showcase, which was recently crowned the world’s “Best Touring Exhibition”, opened its doors to the public at the Abu Dhabi Corniche, where it will reside from 19th November to 24th December 2011. Large crowds flocked to the new exhibition on its opening day as it welcomed more than 2,000 visitors in the first three hours.
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Professor Al-Hassani’s speech in Bielefeld, Germany

Professor Salim T S Al-Hassani, Chairman of the Foundation for Science, Technology and Civilisation (FSTC) and 1001 Inventions, was one of the keynote speakers at the Uniday (Students Day) conference on 22nd of October 2011 at Stadthalle in Bielefeld, Germany. There were more than 3000 people at the event, predominantly young German Turks. Amongst the special guests that spoke at the event we mention Prof. Mahmud Erol Kiliç, world expert on Sufism, poet Serdar Tuncer and musician Göksel Baktagir.
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The Royal Society: European Discovery of Arabic Culture

This public lecture was organised jointly by the Royal Society and the Foundation for Science, Technology and Civilisation (FSTC). It traced the stages in the discovery of Arabic culture by European scholars from the early middle ages until the early-modern period. Celebrating 12 years of a journey: Uncovering the Past to Built a Better Future.
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1001 Inventions partners with National Geographic Al Arabiya

National Geographic Al Arabiya magazine and the internationally renowned educational initiative ‘1001 Inventions’ have formed a strategic alliance to raise awareness of the Middle East’s scientific and cultural heritage, through the development of a number of high quality educational projects targeting the Arab world.
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