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Islamic civilization

Muslim inventions that shaped the modern world

By : Olivia Sterns | CNN | 22 July 2015

London (CNN)
Think of the origins of that staple of modern life, the cup of coffee, and Italy often springs to mind.

But in fact, Yemen is where the ubiquitous brew has its true origins.

Along with the first university, and even the toothbrush, it is among surprising Muslim inventions that have shaped the world we live in today.

Inventions 1001 celebrate contributions by Muslims

By : Amal Al-Sibai | Saudi Gazette | 21 Jan 2014

While Europe was grappling through the “Dark Ages,” the Muslims were thriving and experiencing what was for them, “the Golden Ages.”

They made groundbreaking discoveries and inventions in areas of astronomy, mathematics, medicine, mechanics, and more; they greatly influenced the lives of people and served as a foundation for educating generations for years to come.

How many people are aware that the camera was first invented by a Muslim or that the very first clock was designed by a Muslim?

Islam and science - The road to renewal

Source : The Economist | 01 Feb 2013

Appreciating Islam's Contribution to Civilization

Source : Parvez Ahmed | Huffington Post | 06 Jul 2012

"History of the Muslim American Experience" to be Taught at University of Michigan

Source : IslamToday | 28 Dec 2011

A new course entitled "History of the Muslim American Experience" will be taught this winter for the first time at the University of Michigan-Dearborn.

The move reflects growing interest and student demand for Muslim-American and Arab-American studies at the university.

There is also a push to create a minor degree in Arab American Studies at the university, which was approved last week unanimously by the College of Arts, Sciences, and Letters Executive Committee.

Arabs – the founders of geography

Source : Islam Magazine | Makhachkala | 2005

In the Middle Ages Arab geographers were the most versed in the knowledge of paths, roads and routes.
The interest to the observations of natural phenomena was an intrinsic characteristic of Arabs from the very beginning. They determined routes on land and at sea with the help of stars. Some pieces of knowledge in astronomy helped them to determine the weather, time of sowing, etc. This knowledge had been passing on from one generation to another.

Does Islam stand against science?

Source : Steve Paulson | The Chronicle Review
The Chronicle of Higher Education | 19 June 2011

We may think the charged relationship between science and religion is mainly a problem for Christian fundamentalists, but modern science is also under fire in the Muslim world. Islamic creationist movements are gaining momentum, and growing numbers of Muslims now look to the Quran itself for revelations about science.

14th century Alhambra Gardens replicated in New York

Source : Islam Today
New York | 16 Jun 2011

The New York Botanical Garden has reproduced the medieval Alhambra gardens for its most recent exhibition.

This year's summer exhibition is entitled: Spanish Paradise: Gardens of the Alhambra. For this purpose, the Garden's Enid A Haupt Conservatory has been into a microcosm of 14th century Islamic Spain.

The path from the Garden's main gates to the conservatory sets the stage with Poetry Walk: a sampling of poems by Federico Garcia Lorca, who was born in Granada in 1936, is posted along the path in the outdoor gardens.

Clinton recognizes ‘proud history of innovators Muslim world has’

Source : Arab News
RIYADH | 15 Jun 2011

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton officially opened recently an award-winning exhibition about the scientific achievements of Muslim Civilization at the California Science Center in Los Angeles.

The ‘1001 Inventions exhibition,’ in partnership with Abdul Latif Jameel Community Initiatives (ALJCI), has already attracted more than one million visitors during its global tour, and its VIP launch day was attended by LA County Sheriff Lee Baca and ambassadors from LA-based foreign consulates.

Encyclopedia of Islam launched in Dammam

Source : Faisal Aboobacker Ponnani | Saudi Gazette
Dammam | 10 May 2011

A two-volume compendium on Islam entitles “An Educational Encyclopedia of Islam”, edited by Syed Iqbal Zaheer, was launched in the Eastern Province in a gathering at the Marhaba hotel, Thursday. Syed Iqbal Zaheer is an Islamic scholar hailing from Bangaluru, India and working as an Engineer in Dhahran.

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