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5 Muslim Inventions That Changed The World

Source : Agencies | 10 Oct 2014

Coffee

About 1,600,000,000 cups of coffee are consumed every day around the world. Billions of people rely on it as part of their daily routines. And yet, very few people are aware of the Muslim origins of this ubiquitous drink.

According to the historical record, in the 1400s coffee became a very popular drink among Muslims in Yemen, in the southern Arabian Peninsula. Legend goes that a shepherd (some say in Yemen, some say in Ethiopia) noticed that his goats became very energetic and jumpy when they ate beans from a particular tree. He had the courage to try them himself, noticing they gave him an energy boost. Over time, the tradition of roasting the beans and immersing them in water to create a sour yet powerful drink developed, and thus, coffee was born.

 

‘Sultans of Science’ at the National Science Museum in Thailand

By Fouzia Khan | Arab News | 08 Aug 2012

Sultans of Science, a global traveling exhibition of MTE Studios, United Arab Emirates, will bring history back to life at the National Science Museum in Thailand from mid-August to mid-November 2012.

 

Arabs – the founders of geography

Source : Islam Magazine | Makhachkala | 2005

In the Middle Ages Arab geographers were the most versed in the knowledge of paths, roads and routes.
The interest to the observations of natural phenomena was an intrinsic characteristic of Arabs from the very beginning. They determined routes on land and at sea with the help of stars. Some pieces of knowledge in astronomy helped them to determine the weather, time of sowing, etc. This knowledge had been passing on from one generation to another.

 

1001 inventions: Exhibit helps people discover Muslim heritage throughout our world

Source : Barbara Ferguson | Arab News

New York | 04 Apr 2011
 
The story of “One Thousand and One Nights” helped shape a certain stereotypical understanding of Islamic culture here in the West. Now an exhibition called “1001 Inventions: Muslim Heritage in Our World,” which opened in December 2010 in New York Hall of Science, focuses on the reality — the period when Muslims’ sphere of influence stretched from China to Spain for hundreds of centuries.
 

Does Islam stand against science?

Source : Steve Paulson | The Chronicle Review
The Chronicle of Higher Education |
19 June 2011

We may think the charged relationship between science and religion is mainly a problem for Christian fundamentalists, but modern science is also under fire in the Muslim world. Islamic creationist movements are gaining momentum, and growing numbers of Muslims now look to the Quran itself for revelations about science.

 
 

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