Iraqi professor al-Hassani awarded by British Science Association

A successful British-Iraqi Professor Salim Al-Hassani has been granted Fellowship of the British Science Association for his works into Muslim heritage.

Iraqi professor al-Hassani awarded by British Science Association

World Bulletin / News Desk

An important British-Iraqi Professor Salim Al-Hassani has been granted Fellowship of the British Science Association for his work to promote the scientific and technological heritage of Muslim civilisation during when Western culture calls as "the Dark Ages".

Professor Al-Hassani, of Manchester University, has spent the last two decades debunking the myth of "The Dark Ages" by raising awareness of the scientific achievements that took place in India, China, Muslim Spain and the Middle East between the 7th and 17th centuries.

Al-Hassani, lives in Manchester since the early 60's, is best known as Chief Editor of the book '1001 Inventions: Muslim Heritage in Our World', which highlights a thousand years of social, scientific and technical achievements that are currently under-recognised in schools' textbooks, said.

He commented the prize, saying that "It is a great honour to be recognised by the British Science Association as an Honorary Fellow. Science crosses all cultural and religious boundaries and researching the roots of modern science has highlighted to me the great debt we all owe to people of many creeds and colours."

How true was Isaac Newton when he remarked that if he had seen more than others it was because he was standing on the shoulders of giants. I'm grateful for the opportunity to bring this message to the public, and humbled that the BSA has recognised my work in this way," he said.

"The period between the 7th and 17th centuries, that has been erroneously labeled 'The Dark Ages' was in fact a time of exceptional scientific and cultural advancement in China, India, the Arab world and Southern Europe. This is the period in history that gave us the first manned flight, huge advances in engineering, the development of robotics and the foundations of modern mathematics, chemistry and physics," he also added.

Speaking at the award ceremony, Lord May, President of the British Science Association, said: "Honorary Fellowship of the British Science Association is a distinguished honour, conferred to date on just 81 people. Prof. Al-Hassani's interest in the history of science and technology, and specifically within Muslim cultures, has earned him a worldwide reputation. He was instrumental in the development of the '1001 Inventions' Exhibition and educational materials about the contributions of scientists and technologists working within Muslim cultures."

Every year the British Science Association bestows Honorary Fellowship upon individuals who have "promoted openness about science in society" and "engaged and inspired adults and young people with science and technology". Previous recipients have included BBC TV presenters Sir David Attenborough, Prof. Jim Al-Khalili and Prof. Robert Winston (now Lord Winston).

His works

Al-Hassani also said that he planned to freely distribute 3000 books of 1001 inventions in British schools as a fresh attempt.

His special interest is the history of Muslim Civilisation where he has made his mark in the application of applied modern engineering analysis to the machines of Al-Jazari and Taqi al-Din, recreating their work in 3D.

He is Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Foundation for Science Technology and Civilisation, publisher of, and founder of the 1001 Inventions global education initiative.

The 1001 Inventions book is considered to be essential reading for all Muslims especially Muslim youth in order to change wrong perceptions about the role of Muslim inventions in today's schools, universities, homes, hospitals, market, cities, world and universe.
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