​Muslim Heritage and the Cultural Roots of Science

Lunch Hour Lecture by Prof Salim T S Al-Hassani

Human civilisation is an accumulation of contributions made by our global ancestors. However, these are not always remembered despite their immense impact on today’s society. The Foundation for Science, Technology and Civilization (FSTC) created a new space for dialogue using roots and routes of inventions academically and innovatively, through edutainment techniques, to inspire future generations to respect one another and to contribute positively to society.

The global 1001 Inventions initiative will be examined as an extraordinarily successful example of engaging the public and promoting social cohesion and  inter-cultural appreciation. Innovative new thinking and management tools resulting from this work will be outlined and show how the past can be used to build a better future. 

This lecture is also available via webcast. Please register here.


Salim T S Al-Hassani is an Emeritus Professor of Mechanical Engineering and an Honorary Professorial Fellow at the Faculty of Humanities at the University of Manchester. In 1999 he founded the Foundation for Science, Technology and Civilisation which uses the cultural roots of science to promote social cohesion and inter-cultural appreciation, through initiatives including the 1001 Inventions exhibition, book and film, and through, and​.

He authored and edited 300 publications and given around 150 keynote lectures. His most recent book “1001inventions: The Enduring Legacy of Muslim Civilization” is published by National Geographic and is translated into Arabic and Turkish. He is the recipient of the British Science Association prestigious Fellowship for his work to promote the scientific and technological achievements within Muslim cultures. In 2010, New York Hall of Science awarded him the Global Science Award in Nov 2010. A recent International gallop, named him amongst the 500 most influential Muslims in the category of science ad technology for 2011 and 2012


This lecture will take place on Wednesday, May 29, 2013, 1:00-2:00 pm at AKU-ISMC, 210 Euston Road, NW1 2DA (Level 2, Room 2.3).


Ms Anne Czambor
Professional Programmes Unit