“1001 Inventions”: How Islamic Scientific History Can Combat Today’s Extremists
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Discovering the Past, Inspiring a Better Future
1001 Inventions is a leading and award-winning international science and cultural heritage brand reaching over 50 million people around the world.
1001 Inventions uncovers a thousand years of scientific and cultural achievements from Muslim Civilisation from the 7th century onwards, and how those contributions helped create the foundations of our modern world.
Through its award-winning educational programmes, books, block-buster exhibitions, live shows, films and learning products, 1001 Inventions showcases the contributions of inspirational men and women of different faiths and cultures in a civilisation that spread from Spain to China.
1001 Inventions have produced a world-class range of exciting and engaging educational experiences, productions, products and resources that are all extensively researched by academics and designed industry experts.
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.
Originally launched in the United Kingdom in March 2006, 1001 Inventions’s academic partner is the Foundation for Science, Technology and Civilisation (FSTC), a British based non-profit, non-religious and academic organization. Working with world’s leading academics, 1001 Inventions engages with the public through educational media and interactive global exhibitions, in order to highlight the shared cultural and technological inheritance of humanity.
A previous smaller 1001 Inventions exhibition toured the UK starting at the Museum of Science and Industry in Manchester back in March 2006. It then went to Cardiff, Wales, Birmingham Thinktank, Glasgow Science Centre, Scotland and at the Museum of Croydon, London.
The previous exhibition graced the UK Houses of Parliament (in October 2008), which was exclusively for Ministers, Peers, MPs and parliamentary staff. In addition, the previous exhibition was displayed at the European Parliament and at the United Nations in New York.
The award winning 1001 Inventions exhibit held at the National Geographic Museum reveals the ancient Muslim world’s groundbreaking contributions to the science and technology arena and how its influence extends into the present day.
Sunday 24 January 2010 11.05 EST
They gave us our number system; built the first university; left us with the names for many of the stars we see at night; formalised the use of zero in mathematics; and provided us with a huge array of words, from giraffe to crimson and from traffic to cheque. For a millennium they chronicled the work of the ancient Greeks, Indians and Chinese while developing their own expertise in surgery, water and wind power, optics, agriculture and other subjects. While Europe shivered in the dark ages, the Arab world kept scholarship alive. Hence the importance of 1001 Inventions, the Science Museum’s homage to Muslim science – which turns out to be surprisingly enjoyable.
For a start, there are the goodies that curators have been able to move from the vaults to help illustrate the exhibition: a beautifully ornate astrolabe, used to measure the position of stars and planets; an 11th-century alembic used to distil chemicals; and a plate with rows of numbers all adding up to the value of 194. All fascinating stuff.
However, there is a more spectacular side to the exhibition, which is aimed, unashamedly, at family audiences. For example, there is a marvellous reconstruction of the great clock designed by al-Jazari. Powered by water, the 16ft high machine marks each half hour with rattling drums and moving serpents.
Even more spectacular is the exhibition’s astronomy display. In a darkened room, stars shine on a huge screen. Simply by moving a hand, a visitor can then select one of several constellations and move each across the screen until it fits over the correct part of the sky. It sounds easier than it is, but is utterly absorbing fun.
In all, this is a quite wonderful little exhibition, filled with surprises. It is easy on the eye but is still dense with information (there are over 100 pages of information deftly secreted around the displays).
More Turkish generals detained over 1997 coup
Reuters – Thu, Feb 28, 2013
Reuters/Reuters – Turkey’s newly appointed Land Forces Commander and acting deputy Chief of General Staff Necdet Ozel (R) poses with outgoing Land Forces Commander General Erdal Ceylanoglu during a handover ceremony at the Land Forces headquarters in Ankara July 30, 2011. REUTERS/Turkey Land Forces Headquarters/Handout less
ANKARA (Reuters) – The former commander of Turkey’s land forces has been jailed pending trial in a widening investigation of the toppling of Turkey’s first Islamist-led government in 1997, state media said on Thursday.
General Erdal Ceylanoglu, who is believed to have ordered tanks onto the streets outside the capital ahead of the military intervention 16 years ago, joined dozens already remanded in custody ahead of the court case.
The inquiry into the ousting of former prime minister Necmettin Erbakan is part of a wider extensive judicial investigation into the once-supreme Turkish military, whose power has been sharply curbed over the past decade.
In power since 2002, Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan’s Justice and Development Party, AKP, which itself has Islamist roots, has made curbing the military’s political influence one of its main missions, and state prosecutors have pursued officers suspected of conspiring against current and former governments.
Political reforms in 2010 to remove the immunity of old coup leaders have given prosecutors room to delve deeper into Turkey’s history. The sight of police seizing grey-haired former generals, unthinkable a decade ago, has become a familiar one in Turkey in recent years.
Erbakan, who died of heart failure aged 85 in 2011, pioneered Islamist politics in Turkey, a largely Muslim country with a secular state order, and paved the way for the subsequent success of Erdogan’s AKP.
The investigation into the events of 1997, dubbed the “post-modern coup” for its bloodless nature in contrast to three outright coups in 1960, 1971 and 1980, has special significance for Erdogan who was a member of Erbakan’s party.
Also detained overnight was retired major general Yucel Ozsir. Their detention comes only two weeks after the jailing of four other retired generals in connection with the coup.
Turkey’s state media Anatolian said the two generals were remanded in custody late on Wednesday after being summoned to an Ankara court along with two other retired generals and a serving colonel who were later conditionally released from custody.
The two generals were taken to a maximum security prison in Sincan, a town outside Ankara where Ceylanoglu is charged with commanding tanks onto the streets during the upheaval in 1997.
While Erdogan has promoted the trials as part of the process of ending the generals’ political power, he has more recently called for the investigations to be wrapped up more quickly and has hit out at the lengthy pre-trial detentions of hundreds of officers on conspiracy charges.
More than 300 military officers were sentenced to jail in September for plotting to overthrow Erdogan in 2003. Nearly 300 other people – including politicians, academics, journalists and retired army officers – are on trial on charges of orchestrating political violence.
(Writing by Jonathon Burch; Editing by Alison Williams)
Culprits and Victims (Repeat)
- 3.30pm – 4.30pm
- SBS HD
A four-part series that tells the story of those years between the end of World War II and the founding of the two German states: 1945 to 1949. After the war, the symbols of Nazi power were destroyed, and the Allied military government realised that it was time to create a new Germany by focusing on the children and young people, re-educating them and showing them that there was another way.
2-Love for nudity and sex (extra-marital);
3-Greed for gathering wealth by any means;
5-Ego-centered instead of Allah-centered life style;
6-Fear of death and hatred for fighting in the way of Allah;
7-Lack of love for the Believers and soft corner for Unbelievers/Hypocrites.Poor in sincere Da’wah;
8-Poor in basic obligations and virtues of Islam. Irregular in prayers with lack of concentration and tranquility;
9-Poor love, understanding and recitation of Qur’an;
10-Mob mentality with lack of Taqwa’ and wisdom to differentiate the Right from the Wrong.Think and ponder brothers and sisters………….
Jihadi Mirza Jamal Add to it – Not Giving IMPORTANCE to QUALITY EDUCATION to ALL of his CHILDERN. So Muslim Kids grow up and they have NOTHING to add to city and country. Dirty cities because uneducated people.
Air chief lauds Fazaia College = wow BEST SCHOOL is in ARMY area and IS ALLOWED to = CELEBRATE diamond jubilee event in connection with the 60th anniversary of Queen Elizabeth’s coronation.
Staff Report – Dailytimes 14 June 2012
ISLAMABAD: Air Chief Marshal Tahir Rafique Butt on Wednesday awarded cash prizes to the faculty and students of Fazaia Inter-College, Islamabad for earning distinction to be chosen as the “Super School” in entire Asia by Royal Commonwealth Society.
The college earned the rare honour for Pakistan in general and for the PAF in particular for contributing more than 150 essays in the Essay Writing Competition arranged by the Royal Commonwealth Society.
Talking to the students and faculty members, the air chief appreciated the hard work of the Fazaia students. He also appreciated the guidance provided by Professor Iffat Hashmi in motivating and encouraging the students for participating in the essay competition.
In recognition of earning the distinction, the Royal Commonwealth Society also chose the Fazaia Inter-College to celebrate the diamond jubilee event in connection with the 60th anniversary of Queen Elizabeth’s coronation.
WHILE same NEWSPAPER SHOWS HOW rest of PAKISTAN lives on the SAME DAY ! Boys School destroyed or NOT ALLOWED by Zia ul Haq’s CREATIONS.
School blown up in Kohat
KOHAT: Unidentified men blew up a primary boys’ school in Kohat. Explosives planted inside the school in the Shah Pur area of Kohat, on detonation, severely damaging the exterior of the school and completely destroyed two rooms. However, no loss of life was reported. According to the police, around 600 kilogrammes of explosives were used in the attack. Seven schools have so far been targeted by anti-social elements in Kohat district. online
News BELOW shows WE Pakistanis WERE NEVER treated with RESPECT to NOT HAVE MAYOR and civic agency’s enforcement directorate and the anti-encroachment department = ARMY created LAWLESS Pakistan.
CDA gets court deadline to end encroachments – http://www.dailytimes 14 June 2012
ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad High Court on Wednesday directed the Capital Development Authority to remove encroachments from the city’s commercial areas within a week. Justice Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui handed down the deadline after hearing the proceedings of a case regarding the issue.
The petitioner informed the court that there had been massive encroachments in all markets, causing difficulties for commuters. The CDA director of enforcement, appearing in the court, told the honourable judge that the CDA has imposed about Rs 2 million fine on the encroachers in various drives against encroachments in the city.
Jawad Nazir, who is counsel of the CDA, told the court that the civic agency’s enforcement directorate and the anti-encroachment department had been removing encroachments on regular basis. He said the CDA has faced numerous problems during its anti-encroachment drives as the traders’ unions sometimes tried to register cases against the [CDA] staff and also assaulted them.
The petitioner requested the court to direct the respondents to rid public places like pavements in markets and parking places of encroachments. Then IHC also ordered removal of encroachments established in the shape of sitting areas, driveways and private food outlets from different commercial centres.
Meanwhile, the citizens of Islamabad and Rawalpindi and affiliated rural areas have demanded that the CDA chairman and the officials concerned act against the encroachments. Lawyers, businessmen and locals of Aabpara, Sector F8, Super Market, Faizabad, Bhara Kahu, Shamsabad, Shahzad Town and Rawal Town have stated that the noticeable problems of unhygienic conditions and encroachment prevail in important trade centres, markets, avenues, wagon stands and rural localities.
According to them, the encroachers have established kiosks, stalls, shops and bazaars on footpaths and roads without the fear of punishment. The state of affairs has not only spoiled natural beauty of the city but has also affected the smooth running of traffic. In addition, heaps of garbage at different places in the city aid the nourishment of mosquitoes and flies, and can lead to fatal diseases.
All this displays the lack of civic sense, violation of civic rules, negligence and indifference of the officials responsible, which has grown concerns among the general public. They asked the CDA authorities to take appropriate action to bring a positive change and suggested them to review the performance of its personnel. online
Traditional traffic lights to be replaced with LEDs
* 100-watt bulbs at signals to be replaced with 8-watt LED bulbs
* Work to be started in July
* The Mall, Jail Road, Shoukat Ali Road, and Mader-e-Millat Road to be given priority
Jamaat doing ” informed youth with analytical problem solving mindset” ! Freedom to protest ONLY for ISI’s Jamaat
Thesis-writing competition launched
KARACHI: The Aafia Movement launched a competition for research thesis writing entitled ‘Build a Better Pakistan’ for the students of universities and colleges here at the Karachi Press Club on Wednesday.
Explaining the purpose of competition, Dr Fouzia, sister of Dr Aafia Siddiqui said that it was Aafia’s dream to bring a positive change in Pakistan while she had a unique concept of improving the educational system and creating an informed youth with analytical problem solving mindset.
She informed, “This research competition based on the concept proposed by Dr Aafia ten years ago includes six topics, Change Through Education System, Overcoming Energy and Water Crisis, Role of Journalism and Media in Development of Country, Overhaul of Current Political System, Development Through Arid Agriculture and Social Justice Reform.
Dr Fouzia said that students could participate from all over the country, as this was a national competition. It should be based on innovation and practical applicability in Pakistan. Each research should have causes of problem, solutions and details, she said, adding that every research thesis should be of at least 3,000 words. She further said that participants could be in a group or an individual and could also take help from their teachers and professor in their researches.
The first prize will be Rs 0.1 million, second Rs 50,000 and third Rs 25,000 besides 12 rewards of Rs 10,000 each. All participants will be granted with certificates as well. The deadline for paper submission at email address, firstname.lastname@example.org is September 30. ahtesham azhar
Lets Start with Mao. Another ANTI USA Fraud
One Hour Documentary Shown in Australian SBS TV on 15 June 2012
Between 1958 and 1962, China lived through tragedy on an epic scale. The ‘Great Leap Forward’ – conceived by Mao Tse-Tung to achieve autonomy from the USSR – led to a catastrophic famine resulting in the death of between 36 and 55 million people. While the Communist Party justified the terrible outcome as ‘three years of natural disasters’, the tragedy was masked by an official lie, because while China was starving to death, the grain stores were full. Testimony from survivors, rare archive footage, and interviews with leading historians provide an insight into the catastrophe.