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Muscat: Oman hosted celebrated Professor Salim T. S. Al Hassani, president of the Foundation for Science Technology and Civilisation (FSTC) United Kingdom, better known for 1001 (Islamic) inventions exhibitions and book.
The Sultan Qaboos Higher Centre for Culture and Science, Diwan of the Royal Court, organised a series of lectures in English by Professor Salim T. S. Al Hassani. Aftab Kola, senior vice-president of BMJ, Muscat called on the professor for an interaction.
Prof Al Hassani is the author of the world-famous project, '1001 Inventions', an award-winning international science and cultural heritage brand, reaching more than 50 million people through exhibitions, films, books, school materials and toys.
The first lecture was held at the Sultan Qaboos University auditorium. The lectures on '1001 Inventions: Discover Muslim Heritage in Our World’; 'Women of Science in Muslim Heritage: Role Models' ; 'Muslim Heritage and Development: Lessons from the Past to Design a Better Future' were held at the auditorium of Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque.
Prof Al Hassani said, "The '1001 Inventions' exhibition was held in the United States, Europe, and some parts of the Middle East and received a terrific response. I am keen to bring this exhibition to Oman since we have already held the exhibition in Abu Dhabi, Saudi Arabia, and Qatar. Also, we have created a Muslim Heritage Awareness Group, with the objective of building profiles for Muslim heritage themes, finding new research material, and building academic alliances and partnerships.
He further noted, "The Curriculum Enrichment for the Future is dedicated to helping schools and colleges, parents, and young people discover their shared dynamic heritage in the global independent age. Almost all existing curricula are based on a western perspective of the contributors. This centre will address this imbalance by exploring our shared history in a new way, looking afresh at what has been presented and how it relates to the modern world."
Talking about the exhibition, which has made waves across the world, he remarked, "Muslim civilisation stretched from Spain to China. From the 7th century onwards, men and women of different faiths and cultures built upon knowledge from ancient civilisations, making breakthroughs that have left their mark on the world.
"This exhibition offers an insight into inventions from the Golden Age of Muslim civilisations, which dates from the 7th century to the 17th century. '1001 Inventions' uncovers a thousand years of scientific and cultural achievements by Muslim civilisations from the seventh century onwards, demonstrating how those contributions helped create the foundations of the modern world. Through its award-winning educational programmes, books, blockbuster exhibitions, live shows, films, and learning products, '1001 Inventions' showcases the contributions of inspirational men and women of different faiths and cultures in a civilisation that spread from Spain to China."
On FSTC, he said, "It was formed to collate information and popularise the cultural roots of the early inventions and discoveries that affect the modern world to highlight the shared cultural and technological inheritance of humanity."