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Muslim Inventions in the World of Science

1001 Inventions by Muslims Awarded
By  Arwa Aburawa
Salim Al-Hassani
Salim Al-Hassani on receiving his honorary degree.

A Muslim scientist who helped chart the lost innovations of Islam in the book “1001 Inventions: Muslim Heritage in Our World”, has recently been granted a fellowship by the British Science Association for his efforts.

Over the last two decades, Professor Salim Al-Hassani has helped reclaim Islamic scientific, artistic and technological advances which have been marginalized or simply forgotten in a world focused on Western advancements.

Professor Al-Hassani told IslamOnline.net that “the 1001 Inventions project is about the history of science and focuses upon the thousand year period from the 7th century onwards that is currently under-appreciated by many around the world.”

In fact, the period between the 7th and 17th centuries has been labeled as the ‘Dark Ages’ in the West despite the exceptional scientific advances in the Muslim world.

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Geo-engineering: Desperate Times Call For Desperate Measures?


In the face of predicted failure at climate talks this December, voices advocating controversial geo-engineering measures such as simulating volcanic eruptions to cool the planet are getting louder. Many state that we need some sort of Plan B, and geo-engineering has always been considered ‘the last resort’.


Recently, top UK science body the Royal Society admitted that there was a need to consider geo-engineering as part of global efforts to tackle climate change. The question is: do desperate times really call for desperate measures?


Traditionally, tackling climate change has focused on CO2 reductions, with geo-engineering (the practice of deliberately manipulating the Earth’s climate to counteract global warming) discarded as something from science fiction. Large mirrors reflecting the sun’s rays and spraying sea salt into the atmosphere to create white clouds may seem like something from a Hollywood blockbuster but scientists are now beginning to push for more research into geo-engineering techniques and their effectiveness.

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