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“This glorious book overflows with the great ideas of the Muslim middle ages. . . . I wish I had had this book fifty years ago."—Adam Hart-Davis, photographer, writer, and TV science presenter of the BBC series What the Ancients Did for Us What do coffee beans, torpedoes, surgical scalpels, arches, and observatories all have in common? Were Leonardo da Vinci’s flight ideas o “This glorious book overflows with the great ideas of the Muslim middle ages. . . . I wish I had had this book fifty years ago."—Adam Hart-Davis, photographer, writer, and TV science presenter of the BBC series What the Ancients Did for Us What do coffee beans, torpedoes, surgical scalpels, arches, and observatories all have in common? Were Leonardo da Vinci’s flight ideas originals? Who devised the casing for pill capsules, and where did Fibonacci learn to flex his mathematical fingers? The answers to these questions and more can be found in this book. 1001 Inventions: Muslim Heritage in Our World presents an excellent overview of Muslim heritage written to appeal to the everyday reader and to amaze and redefine many people's current assumptions of medieval times and of their history and roots. This is an essential introduction to the great epoch of Muslim civilization. Readers now have access to one thousand years of missing history, covering medicine, technology, economics, civilization, the environment, and much more. From Spain to China, scholars of different genders, cultures, and various faiths worked together to build upon the knowledge of ancient civilization. Written by a team of internationally renowned experts, the contributions were selected to give the reader reassurance and confidence that the facts presented in the book are from the most reliable and unbiased academic sources. Salim T S Al-Hassani is professor emeritus of mechanical engineering and professorial fellow at the School of Languages, Linguistics, and Cultures at the University of Manchester in the United Kingdom. Sir Roland Jackson is the chief executive of the British Association for the Advancement of Science.


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“This glorious book overflows with the great ideas of the Muslim middle ages. . . . I wish I had had this book fifty years ago."—Adam Hart-Davis, photographer, writer, and TV science presenter of the BBC series What the Ancients Did for Us What do coffee beans, torpedoes, surgical scalpels, arches, and observatories all have in common? Were Leonardo da Vinci’s flight ideas o “This glorious book overflows with the great ideas of the Muslim middle ages. . . . I wish I had had this book fifty years ago."—Adam Hart-Davis, photographer, writer, and TV science presenter of the BBC series What the Ancients Did for Us What do coffee beans, torpedoes, surgical scalpels, arches, and observatories all have in common? Were Leonardo da Vinci’s flight ideas originals? Who devised the casing for pill capsules, and where did Fibonacci learn to flex his mathematical fingers? The answers to these questions and more can be found in this book. 1001 Inventions: Muslim Heritage in Our World presents an excellent overview of Muslim heritage written to appeal to the everyday reader and to amaze and redefine many people's current assumptions of medieval times and of their history and roots. This is an essential introduction to the great epoch of Muslim civilization. Readers now have access to one thousand years of missing history, covering medicine, technology, economics, civilization, the environment, and much more. From Spain to China, scholars of different genders, cultures, and various faiths worked together to build upon the knowledge of ancient civilization. Written by a team of internationally renowned experts, the contributions were selected to give the reader reassurance and confidence that the facts presented in the book are from the most reliable and unbiased academic sources. Salim T S Al-Hassani is professor emeritus of mechanical engineering and professorial fellow at the School of Languages, Linguistics, and Cultures at the University of Manchester in the United Kingdom. Sir Roland Jackson is the chief executive of the British Association for the Advancement of Science.

30 review for 1001 Inventions: Muslim Heritage in Our World

  1. 4 out of 5

    Karawan

    We got this book after driving down to New York for a weekend to see the 1001 Inventions exhibit at the New York Hall of Science. I can't say enough good things about it! As a Muslim and as the daughter of an Arab who always taught me to be proud of my heritage, I did know that Muslims are responsible for all sorts of advances in math and science. But this book went beyond algebra and astrolabes and taught me lots of things that I didn't know. It covers math, science, art/architecture, food, poli We got this book after driving down to New York for a weekend to see the 1001 Inventions exhibit at the New York Hall of Science. I can't say enough good things about it! As a Muslim and as the daughter of an Arab who always taught me to be proud of my heritage, I did know that Muslims are responsible for all sorts of advances in math and science. But this book went beyond algebra and astrolabes and taught me lots of things that I didn't know. It covers math, science, art/architecture, food, politics... and the book itself is beautiful, a great coffee-table book. Due to an unfortunate combination of politics and the way our news media works, so many people have inaccurate or limited pictures of Islam and Muslims. Books like this are important to remind us of positive influences that Islam has had on the world, and that today's Muslims are heirs to a brilliant civilization. We have an obligation to appreciate that and live up to it in our own lives now.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Yousra

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  3. 5 out of 5

    Thuraya Batterjee

    Being interested in high quality designed and printed books This one is among the best I've seen. it would certainly make a good coffee table book ,Or even a luxurious gift.. It summarizes the Islamic Heritage in a fair appealing presentation.. Being interested in high quality designed and printed books This one is among the best I've seen. it would certainly make a good coffee table book ,Or even a luxurious gift.. It summarizes the Islamic Heritage in a fair appealing presentation..

  4. 5 out of 5

    Gary Lewis

    A brilliant source of information that other history have disregarded. This opened my eyes on a wide variety of issues regarding the impact that Muslims have had on our society.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Monzer ۞

    this book is not just a normal book. I dont know if we even can call it a book. It's a treasure, a journey .... whatever you call it you will not be just. these awesome medieval islamic paintings, and these great HQ pictures and Colours gave this book a Soul.So you could see our ancestors in your own eyes ...alive. this book is very important for every human. this book is not just a normal book. I dont know if we even can call it a book. It's a treasure, a journey .... whatever you call it you will not be just. these awesome medieval islamic paintings, and these great HQ pictures and Colours gave this book a Soul.So you could see our ancestors in your own eyes ...alive. this book is very important for every human.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Bilqis

    I have read this book when I was in college, I remember it was too heavy for me to take it home from my College library, so I would go to the library just to read this book, but it was not a book that you can finish that quickly (it's BIG). It was amazing, I found out so many things, and so many inventions that we were led to believe was the invention of the western world, but really were not. Not just that, I learned a lot of history, and at that time I was not much of a reader. I will be readin I have read this book when I was in college, I remember it was too heavy for me to take it home from my College library, so I would go to the library just to read this book, but it was not a book that you can finish that quickly (it's BIG). It was amazing, I found out so many things, and so many inventions that we were led to believe was the invention of the western world, but really were not. Not just that, I learned a lot of history, and at that time I was not much of a reader. I will be reading this again.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Jamal Al-Dabal

    Dr. Salim (who I personally know) has done many contributions including the 1001 Inventions museum in the U.K. which has traveled throughout the Middle East. If you missed the museum, you need to read the book.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Adam

    Recently saw the museum exhibit. Bought the book because I wanted to delve deeper and learn more about what a wonderful history Muslims have had, that seems to have been forgotten, omitted, or simply unknown even to modern Muslims. The Golden Age was truly a time of higher and deeper thinking about all the complexities of life and the world around us all. This book has great illustrations and descriptions. Great historical but more personally an inspirational piece of work.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Arman Firman

    Must read for every Muslim in the contemporary world

  10. 5 out of 5

    Radiah

    I was pretty amazed at the number of ideas and inventions which were improved or spread to Europe from Asia and Africa or improved within the Muslim empires of old. Simple things we take for granted, for example, coffee, were spread through the Muslims. From the medical instruments designed by Al-Zahrawi, recognized by 19th century Western medical historians as being at the forefront of surgical innovation, Ibn Sina's (or known as Avicenna in the West) Canon or Al-Qanun and his Book of Cure, Ara I was pretty amazed at the number of ideas and inventions which were improved or spread to Europe from Asia and Africa or improved within the Muslim empires of old. Simple things we take for granted, for example, coffee, were spread through the Muslims. From the medical instruments designed by Al-Zahrawi, recognized by 19th century Western medical historians as being at the forefront of surgical innovation, Ibn Sina's (or known as Avicenna in the West) Canon or Al-Qanun and his Book of Cure, Arabic maps which Columbus studied, the intriguing alchemical experiments carried out by Jabir Ibn Hayyan (or known as Geber in the West), perfume recipes recorded in Al-Kindi's Book of the Chemistry of Perfume and Distillations which eventually spread to France, Hassan Al-Rammah's purification procedures for potassium nitrate to make exploding gunpowder to the amazing feats of naval exploration by Admiral Zheng He, a Chinese Muslim, this book outlines the history and tells the stories of these historical names and what they contributed to science, architecture, agriculture, astronomy, etc. Truly a valuable history book.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Omar nagib

    I would give it 4 stars for the tremendous effort which the author dedicated to make this book. the book's quality is awesome, it covers every aspect of the islamic/or arabic civilization, it's informatively very dense and accurate, un-biased historically to some degree. the illustrations is well made and enlightening specially when showing how mechanical machines work. but despite all these compliments I was not satisfied with the book. the book gets very dense and detailed that it becomes absolu I would give it 4 stars for the tremendous effort which the author dedicated to make this book. the book's quality is awesome, it covers every aspect of the islamic/or arabic civilization, it's informatively very dense and accurate, un-biased historically to some degree. the illustrations is well made and enlightening specially when showing how mechanical machines work. but despite all these compliments I was not satisfied with the book. the book gets very dense and detailed that it becomes absolutely boring to read, I even left off reading 2 complete chapters(market-town) owing to that. and at a lot of times when the book starts describing shapes of some mechanical/medical gadgets without illustrations using only words I totally get lost. ignoring these later disadvantages It's good.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Firas Addas

    This book is a joy to read! Simply outstanding! I never had fun reading a book such as this one. The book is printed in high quality paper and filled with beautiful pictures and important information. In addition, this book helped me in increasing my language because its rich with important vocabulary. I recommend this book to everyone.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Maria Arafah

    I had the pleasure of meeting the author and I had the pleasure of owning this book. This book is a treasure must be possessed by every muslim family especially in this era of science and respect to scientists. It made me proud to be a muslim and proud to be granddaughter to such a heritage. I hope we can come up, once again, with similar advances in all branches of science.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Raghda Al-Ani

    this book documents the period when religion and religious ideologies did not govern every single aspect of people's lives. Its a proof that once upon a time people actually left religious differences behind for the sake of making scientific revolutions and changing the world. I am really glad there is a version of this book for school-age children to learn from. this book documents the period when religion and religious ideologies did not govern every single aspect of people's lives. Its a proof that once upon a time people actually left religious differences behind for the sake of making scientific revolutions and changing the world. I am really glad there is a version of this book for school-age children to learn from.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Shaoola

    A comprehensive encyclopedia of life and on living... Magnificent and appealing presentation A must have

  16. 4 out of 5

    Khaled Alashmouny

    Highly recommend this to read, and to give it as a gift to your friends

  17. 5 out of 5

    Nojood Alsudairi

    Thank you Thuraya for this book. One of m precious books.

  18. 5 out of 5

    SaRa SheRif

    What was the greatness of the first Muslims? Wish we could get back again !!! <3 You will read this book or less what can be called this "great treasure" mingled with your feelings between grief and sorrow for what we were and what we have become . And the feelings of pride and pride of all these great thinkers inventors who founded most of the things now wherever you see your home Or in the street or the hospital or the university is sure that it started from the Muslims . A great book combines What was the greatness of the first Muslims? Wish we could get back again !!! <3 You will read this book or less what can be called this "great treasure" mingled with your feelings between grief and sorrow for what we were and what we have become . And the feelings of pride and pride of all these great thinkers inventors who founded most of the things now wherever you see your home Or in the street or the hospital or the university is sure that it started from the Muslims . A great book combines all the achievements of Muslim scientists and their impact in our world and how they built the Europeans current civilization with a fixed basis is the Islamic world. The Western world did not deny it, but find Muslim scholars are there between Their books and universities , but sad that there Many of us do not know about this history supervisor . A great book highly recommended

  19. 5 out of 5

    Fatima Sarder

    Every time I drink coffee I'll remember it was some Muslim shepherd who saw their flock eating these beans and decided they tasted better roasted and mixed with sugar (and spices) This books makes a Muslim proud of their heritage and brings to light the history of the Muslim nations when Europe was in the so called 'Dark Ages' The ideas of Muslim scholars kick started the Renaissance and Muslim architectural styles are clear in the gothic churches of Europe today. History is often skewed; and Eur Every time I drink coffee I'll remember it was some Muslim shepherd who saw their flock eating these beans and decided they tasted better roasted and mixed with sugar (and spices) This books makes a Muslim proud of their heritage and brings to light the history of the Muslim nations when Europe was in the so called 'Dark Ages' The ideas of Muslim scholars kick started the Renaissance and Muslim architectural styles are clear in the gothic churches of Europe today. History is often skewed; and Eurocentric, the contributions of these brilliant polymaths should be more celebrated and well-known.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Mahmoud Atta Ibrahim

    I was lucky to find a copy of this treasure at the bookstore, but since we are really interested in this topic as Muslims, why the book is that rare-and expensive also? my only concern about the book was the brevity when it was mandatory to go in detail, overall the book in great and full with very initial information need to be spread among the youth. Thank you

  21. 5 out of 5

    Ammar Turgay

    Hello ! I prepared a video that easily teaches reading the Quran in 1 hour. If you do not know how to read the Quran, you can easily learn by watching the video on YouTube by clicking the link below. If you know you can share it with those who do not know. I wish you will have healthy happy and peaceful life with Allah ... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VtJgo... Hello ! I prepared a video that easily teaches reading the Quran in 1 hour. If you do not know how to read the Quran, you can easily learn by watching the video on YouTube by clicking the link below. If you know you can share it with those who do not know. I wish you will have healthy happy and peaceful life with Allah ... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VtJgo...

  22. 4 out of 5

    Saddam Siddiqui

    This book covers the fundamentals of developments that defines the golden age of Islam. It show the inter disciplinary, multi dimensional and inclusive approach towards development of not just a society but civilizations.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Septia Nurmala

    DNF so sorry

  24. 5 out of 5

    Farzan

    Amazing book disclosing fascinating facts!

  25. 5 out of 5

    Ayat

    A very important book that gave me lots of information about the Islamic civilization I never Knew before. It was sad to know all this.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Carl

    This is a must-read book for anyone who teaches world history or is interested in it. Western education skips from the advances of Archimedes, in the 200's BCE, all the way to Gutenberg's press in the 1400's CE. Was all the world in the dark ages for 1,600 years -- or just Europe? The answer: just Europe. While Europeans where burning people at the stake for inappropriate religious leanings, disdaining bathing and general hygiene, and wandering about in a stupor, the Islamic civilizations of Turk This is a must-read book for anyone who teaches world history or is interested in it. Western education skips from the advances of Archimedes, in the 200's BCE, all the way to Gutenberg's press in the 1400's CE. Was all the world in the dark ages for 1,600 years -- or just Europe? The answer: just Europe. While Europeans where burning people at the stake for inappropriate religious leanings, disdaining bathing and general hygiene, and wandering about in a stupor, the Islamic civilizations of Turkey and the middle-east were thriving. Some examples: the camera, invented by Ibn al-Haitham, born 965. Surgical instruments, by Al-Zahrawi born 936, and a complete (and correct) model of blood circulation by Ibn Nafis, born 1210. Free healthcare in hospitals - with druggists, barbers, and physicians - existed in the 1100s, with health inspectors to assure standards. Algebra, of course, is due to Al-Khwarizmi, born 780. Did you know that coffee dates to the 8th century, due to Khalid the goat hearder? The Arabic al-qahwa was served as coffee in Vienna's coffee houses in 1645. Do you like your bath? The Islamic bath picked up from the Roman Tepidarium and Caldarium, and became an integral part of the culture, as cleanliness is linked to purity in the Quaran (e.g., 2:222). So warm baths were the norm in Islamic lands throughout the dark ages. Even in 1529, Sir John Treffy was opposed to bathing, writing, "many folke that hath bathed them in colde water have dyed." [Reference check: see "The old English herbals," Eleanour Rohde, 1922.] Smelly! There are dozens more of well written examples in the book. You get the idea that I'm a fan of this book. And horribly dismayed that in the West we largely manage to skip over the extraordinary advances that came from Islamic cultures.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Zulekha Saqib

    it's very refreshing to finally see a work of science & research giving due where it's worth.. Muslim contribution to modern sciences & arts has so long been neglected & forgotten that we have no idea who the real inventors & discoverers are of so many things that have a life-altering impact on us today.. even names of scientists like "Ibn Sina" & "Al-Razi" have been mutated in the English language to "Avicenna" and "Razes", erasing the Arab identity of these great scientists.. A must-have for e it's very refreshing to finally see a work of science & research giving due where it's worth.. Muslim contribution to modern sciences & arts has so long been neglected & forgotten that we have no idea who the real inventors & discoverers are of so many things that have a life-altering impact on us today.. even names of scientists like "Ibn Sina" & "Al-Razi" have been mutated in the English language to "Avicenna" and "Razes", erasing the Arab identity of these great scientists.. A must-have for every household!

  28. 4 out of 5

    Aliya

    I read this book in 2008, and it was a real treat. This book needs to be read by every educated Muslim; every Muslim household with kids should have a copy at home. Non-Muslims need to read it to educate themselves better on the history of Islam, and it's monumental contributions to modern science. Dr. Hassani should be awarded medals by the governments of Muslim states, and the book should be translated into Arabic, Urdu, Malay etc. His work is outstanding! I read this book in 2008, and it was a real treat. This book needs to be read by every educated Muslim; every Muslim household with kids should have a copy at home. Non-Muslims need to read it to educate themselves better on the history of Islam, and it's monumental contributions to modern science. Dr. Hassani should be awarded medals by the governments of Muslim states, and the book should be translated into Arabic, Urdu, Malay etc. His work is outstanding!

  29. 4 out of 5

    Bashar

    I think this is very cool. Not something you would read end-to-end in my opinion, but more of a reference that you could come back to whenever you need. You can start in one chapter and jump to another as you wish. The information is insightful and unbiased. It's more educational and historical, it's definitely a history lesson for those interested in heritage and Islamic culture. Two thumbs up from me. I think this is very cool. Not something you would read end-to-end in my opinion, but more of a reference that you could come back to whenever you need. You can start in one chapter and jump to another as you wish. The information is insightful and unbiased. It's more educational and historical, it's definitely a history lesson for those interested in heritage and Islamic culture. Two thumbs up from me.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Afnan Amer

    A Very well researched and organized book. The effort that had been put in preparing it is very obvious. Along with its nice graphics, its rich with information and stories of historical events, inventions, and discoveries that Arab and Muslim scientists contributed to the world.Its a big heavy book that deserves to be bought and read again and again.

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