Dubai Ramadan Lecture - Prof. Salim Al-Hassani - Oct 2006

Professor Salim TS Al-Hassani, Chairman of the Foundation for Science, Technology and Civilisation discusses the transfer of scientific and technological knowledge across cultures. In particular, the learning that came to Europe from the Muslim civilisation, which paved the way for the Renaissance.

Discoveries made from the 7th to 17th centuries by multi-faith scientists in Muslim civilisation have had a huge but hidden influence on the modern world.

Knowledge from Assyrian, Babylonian, Chinese, Egyptian, Greek, Indian, Persian and Roman civilisations was highly prized in the Muslim world.

Men and women scholars advanced science by building upon the ancients and making breakthroughs that paved the way for the European Renaissance.

This Golden Age of Discovery in the Muslim World (southern Europe, Africa, Middle East, Asia and to China) took place during the so-called Dark Ages of Europe.

Muslim civilisation promoted free-thinking, rationalism and tolerance. Many scholars expressed their faith by seeking to serve society and improve quality of life for others.

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