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An exhibition in Dubai, 11 Jan. 2009
I attended a lecture by Prof. Hassani (1000 years of Islamic History) at the Knowledge Village in Dubai a few years ago and was blown away by his message - a message that is so beautifully covered and substantiated in this book.
How after the Roman Empire, western historians have recorded that there was a 1000 years of "DARK AGES" and suddenly a Renaissance in Europe where amazing inventions and discoveries were made in a very short period of time. Prof Hassani explained that his colleague (Senior) handed him a lifetime of research that showed that during these "dark ages", Science and human development had flourished under Islam and it was the achievements of the Muslim scholars that laid the foundations of the renaissance.
A few years later, visiting one of the beautiful malls in Dubai (The Ibn Batuta Mall - named after the famous traveller and themed on his travels) I saw an amazing exhibition that is still on show at this mall. The exhibitions brought to life some of the great inventions of the Muslim scholars, one of the most amazing of which is a life size working model of the Elephant Clock by Al Jazari.
So when I saw this book which details so many amazing facts - see the Elephant clock on page 17, I just had to buy the book. I have subsequently bought dozens of copies for friends and family who have loved this fascinating and inspiring encyclopedia of the contributions of Muslim Scholars. One for the Library and other copies for friends...