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1001 Inventions

The Enduring Legacy of Muslim Civilisation

The recent attacks on Buddhist monasteries in Ramu and the earlier torching of Hindu temples in Hathazari leave us devastated. The rage worldwide surrounding the production of the film “Innocence of Muslims” and the indisputable fact that Islamophobia is on the rise is no less a matter of concern. Salma had insisted that I peep into the exhibition ‘1001 Inventions’ while in Washington D.C. for the “All Roads” board meeting at the National Geographic Society. It was sobering to look at the role Islam has played in what was otherwise known as the ‘Dark Ages’. Since youtube is still blocked by our far-from-able gatekeepers, I’ve uploaded the video on vimeo. If only a fraction of our investment in technology, and in particular on war machines, was spent in teaching our children to become better human beings…

“1001 Inventions” The Enduring Legacy of Muslim Civilisation from Shahidul Alam on Vimeo.


Sir Ben Kingsley as Al-Jazari in the short film “1001 Inventions and the Library of Secrets”
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Scale models of Al-Jazari?s 13th-century Elephant Clock
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A scale model of Al-Jazari?s 13th-century Scribe Clock.
Artistic impressions of Abbas ibn Firnas and his successful 9th-century flight.
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Al-Idrisi?s 12th-century world map.

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