1001 Inventions and Muslim Heritage


Updated on 6th November 2022 – Download 1001 Inventions: The Enduring Legacy of Muslim Civilization

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What do coffee beans, torpedoes, surgical scalpels, arches, and observatories all have in common? Were Leonardo Da Vinci’s flight ideas original? Who devised the casing for pill capsules and where did Fibonacci learn to flex his mathematical fingers?

All these answers can be found here in ‘1001 Inventions: Muslim Heritage in Our World,’ written in an accessible style for those with limited knowledge of either Islam or history. A golden age of civilization, from 600 to 1600 CE, will unfold, because medieval Muslims were trailblazers in fields as diverse as medicine and mechanics, cartography and chemistry, education and engineering, architecture and astronomy. No area was too obscure to miss the scrutiny of enquiry backed up by rigid scientific experimentation.

So get comfortable with this guidebook and prepare to begin on a voyage of discovery through a thousand years of science and technology into the lives of medieval pioneers whose ingenious inventions have helped create our world today.

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1001 Inventions and The Library of Secrets

العربية  – Turkish

FILM ► 1001 Inventions and the Library of Secrets

Oscar-winning actor and screen legend Sir Ben Kingsley has taken the starring role in a short feature film about the scientific heritage of Muslim civilisation. The mini-movie, entitled “1001 Inventions and the Library of Secrets”, accompanies a global touring exhibition which was previously open to the public at the Science Museum in London.

The film has already been seen by over 22 million people around the world. The 1001 Inventions exhibition completed its record-breaking residency at London’s Science Museum with 400,000 visitors in the first half of 2010, followed by a blockbuster residency at the iconic and historic Sultan Ahmed Square in Istanbul with a further 400,000 visitors over a seven-week period. The exhibition then opened at the New York Hall of Science in December 2010, welcoming an additional 250,000 during its five-month US premiere. More than 500,000 people visited 1001 Inventions at the California Science Center in Los Angeles between May 2011 and March 2012. The next venue for the US tour will be the National Geographic Museum in Washington, DC, opening in August 2012.

A bilingual Arabic-English version of the 1001 Inventions exhibition was launched in November 2011 in Abu Dhabi for a five-week residency as part of the unaugural Abu Dhabi Science Festival.

In the movie, Sir Ben takes on the role of a mysterious and cantankerous librarian who takes a group of school children on an enlightening journey to meet pioneering scientists and engineers from the history of Muslim civilisation. The librarian is then revealed to be 12th century engineering genius Al-Jazari.


WATCH: 1001 Inventions and The Library of Secrets

Oscar-winning actor and screen legend Sir Ben Kingsley has taken the starring role in a short feature film about the scientific heritage of Muslim civilisation. The mini-movie, 1001 Inventions and the Library of Secrets, accompanies the global touring exhibition currently open to the public at the Science Museum in London.

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1001 Inventions is a global educational initiative that promotes awareness of a thousand years of scientific and cultural achievements from Muslim civilisation from the 7th century onwards, and how those contributions helped build the foundations of our modern world.


Paper, originally, was brought from China into Muslim Civilisation. From an art, Muslim Civilisation developed it into a major industry. Paper mills flourished across the Muslim World. The impact of Muslim Civilisations manufacture of paper helped paved the way for the printing revolution.
Ibn Sina, or Avicenna, lived in Hamadan and Jurjan from 980 to 1037 CE, and acquired great fame in mediaeval European medicine. His encyclopaedic book Al Qanun Fi Al-Tibb (The Canon of Medicine) was translated into Latin at the end of the 12th century CE, and became a reference source for medical studies in the universities of Europe for 500 years!
A fascinating article about ‪Venice‬ a few hundred years ago when it flourished as the hub of Europe’s trade with the lands to its east and south. It shows how Venice was a meeting point for commerce and ‪culture‬, especially with the Muslim World.
Amazing snapshots from Khiva (formally known as Khawarizm) in Uzbekistan. The birth place of the famous mathematician Al-Khawarizmi (780 – 850 CE). A prosperous centre of learning during the Golden Age of Muslim Civilisation. (Source BBC)
TIME TELLING MACHINES: Revealing 7 marvellous mechanical and water-powered clocks from early Muslim Civilisation. These sophisticated devices that defied the Middle Ages.
Human life was highly valued during the Golden Age of Muslim Civilisation. The core essence of healing at the time can be summarised by 11th- century Ibn Sina in his book Canon when he said: “Medicine is a science, from which one learns the states of the human body…
Visitors to the China Science Festival in Beijing sample “Ibn al-Haytham‬’s ‪‎EyeScura‬” – a pin hole camera obscura at the “1001 Inventions and the World of Ibn Al-Haytham” Zone.
China’s largest science festival launches with the new production “1001 Inventions and the World of Ibn Al-Haytham” as an anchor exhibition. 11th century Arab scholar Ibn al-Haytham was also unveiled as the official mascot of the 2015 China Science Festival.
1001 Inventions releases new photograph of the late actor Omar Sharif on the set of the film “1001 Inventions and the World of Ibn Al-Haytham” releasing later this year.
Following a heart-warming welcome by the people of Kuwait, the ‪1001 Inventions‬ exhibition closed its doors to visitors after a month long residency at the Scientific Center of Kuwait.

11 thoughts on “1001 Inventions and Muslim Heritage

  1. Simply wonderful and beautiful. Muslims have to work with enormous, and magnanimous efforts, in addition to political stability and peace in their regions, to gain back their past glory of leading the world in sciences and education. Political stability and peaceful environments are a must for the Golden Ages to flourish.

  2. Dear Sir

    I am a writer and a teacher. I have written several books for students. My book Islam Beliefs and Practices is recommended by teachers and included in Cambridge university book list for O level and IGCSE Islamiyat and it is widely used as text book, I wish to send you the book so that you may review and recommend it to your student if you find it suitable. I also have written for grade One – eight. These books are illustrated, divided into two academic terms. Each has a CD for Arabic portion and recitation of the Quran .


    Yasmin Malik

    • Assalamu Alaikum.
      Glad to find you here.
      Inshaa’Allah I will recommend your books to my students.
      With regard to other books, you must be aware that we follow a curriculum designed by the Ministry here in the UAE.
      Baarakallaahu Feek.

    • Assalaam Alaikum
      please I am a teacher in Noble hall leadership academy for girls Abuja Nigeria. please can I have a copy of your IGCSE Islamiyat text book I want to recommend it?
      warm regards.

  3. WOW! Sir, this is the first time I’ve been to this page and I have to say, very informative Mashaa’allah. May Allah grant you the highest level of respect there is in this world and the highest rank in Jannah. Aameen.

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