Fresh from London, exhibit spotlisghting Muslim heritage in science and technology comes to Istanbul
Following its record-breaking performance at London's Science Museum, an exhibit spotlighting the Muslim heritage in science and technology is set to kick off in Istanbul next Tuesday and stay open through October. In London, the blockbuster 1,001 Inventions exhibit got a record-breaking 400,000 visitors from January to June. Using an interactive environment, the exhibit offers visitors the opportunity to discover the contributions of Islamic civilizations to world science and history. It tells the story of Muslim heritage in the areas of science and technology, tracing the forgotten story of a thousand years of science from the Muslim world, from the seventh century onwards. The free exhibit looks at the social, scientific and technological achievements that are credited to the Muslim world, while celebrating the shared scientific heritage of other cultures. Featuring a diverse range of exhibits, interactive displays and dramatization, the exhibit shows how many modern inventions, spanning fields such as engineering, medicine and design, can trace their roots back to Muslim civilization. The exhibit, which Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan toured during a visit to London and asked to be brought to Turkey, can be visited free at a 1,000-square-meter closed area in Istanbul's Sultanahmet Square. The exhibit is a British-based project, produced in association with the Jameel Foundation and Science, Technology and Civilization Foundation. It boasts seven separate sections that represent home, shopping, school, hospital, city, world and universe. Besides seeing many works of Muslim scientists that shed light on the history of science, visitors can also take a virtual tour through the scientific and technological heritage of Islamic civilization. The exhibit is now on a world tour and will proceed from Istanbul to New York.