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Discover the Muslim Heritage in our World
Experience a thousand years of missing history!
Learn about a lost age of Muslim innovation and invention!
Discover the Muslim origins of many Western discoveries!
From the 8th Century, Muslim tradition and culture set trends in eating, music and style that still influence us today. Their experiments, discoveries and inventions with liquids, light and time opened the door to myriad new chemical compounds, measurements of time in precise and minute detail and devices used in space observation and deep sea exploration.
Home Zone highlights:
Al-jazari's water powered scribe clock
See al-Jazari's water powered scribe clock brought back to life after 800 years.
This fascinating water powered portable clock stands 1 metre high and half a metre wide. The scribe with his pen is synonymous to the hour hand of a modern clock. This is yet another example of an ingenious water system by al-Jazari.
Check out the variety of Islamic carpets that exists in the world!
There are Persian, Tunisian, Moroccan, Algerian, Turkish, Egyptian (Mamluk), Levantine/Syrian, South Asian carpets. Feel the different materials and textures; see the different weaves and patterns in our interactive Carpet Book.
Other Home Zone topics:
-Evolution of clocks
-How the eye works
-1000 year old recipes
-3 course meals
All of the above mentioned topics and highlights are discussed in much greater detail in our book, 1001 Inventions: Muslim Heritage in Our World. For more information on how to order your copy, please see the Book section.
Our historians have spent countless hours verifying the facts presented here. Click here to see a list of references.
Did you know some of the manuscripts mentioned in the references still exist today? Click here to see where these manuscripts are located.
-The World's First Soft Drink: Sherbet, a juice of crushed fruit, herbs, or flowers has long existed as one of the most popular beverages from and of the Muslim world, winning over Western figures such as Lord Byron. Muslims developed a variety of juices to...
-Mulla Nasruddin Khodja, a Major Character of Muslim Satiric Literature:
Nasr al-Din Khodja is a wise man famous throughout the Muslim and some parts of the non-Muslim world since the 16th century. His jokes were narrated for centuries between people for different purposes. Some as jokes, some to tell as stories, full of meaning and wisdom.
-Arabic Star Names: A Treasure of Knowledge Shared by the World:
Many of the prominent stars known today are of Arabic origin as they bear names given to them during the golden age of Islamic astronomy. A major contribution in this field is that of al-Sufi (10th century). Presenting shortly the historical context of the old nomenclature of Arabic star names, the article contains also a list of 165 stars known by Arabic names.
-Seeking Seamless Scientific Wonders: Review of Emilie Savage-Smith's Work:
Najma Kazi reviews some salient aspects of Emilie Savage-Smith's work. Emilie Savage-Smith, who is a Professor of History of Science at the Oriental Institute (Oxford University), is an internationally recognised authority on the History of Islamic Science, and is a key figure within a small band of historians that are spearheading the discovery of Muslim Heritage and its impact on civilisation.
-A Treasure of World Heritage: Islamic Manuscripts in the Kandilli Observatory
This is a review of a book bringing to light a collection of about 1300 Islamic scientific manuscripts on astronomy and various scientific topics in three languages (Turkish, Arabic and Persian). These manuscripts are held in the Library of Kandilli Observatory and Earthquake Research Institute at Bogaziçi University in Istanbul.
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