See how muslim scientific discoveries shaped our world during Islam awareness week 2010

Islam awareness week is 1st to 6th November and you can discover muslim heritage facts you were unaware of, at Hackney Central Library.

From the hugely popular 1001 Inventions exhibition at the Science Museum Hackney Council is showing the display which traces the forgotten story of a thousand years of science from the Muslim world, from the 7th century onwards. The discoveries made by men and women in Muslim civilisation have left their mark on the way we live today.

This free display looks at the social, scientific and technological achievements that are credited to the Muslim world, whilst celebrating the shared scientific heritage of other cultures.

Did you know?

  • There’s a hidden reason behind the way we write the numbers 1 to 10?
  • That everyday English words like cotton, giraffe and sofa come from Arabic words hundreds of years old?
  • That the luxurious spas we know today were already popular in Muslim civilisation in the 10th century?
  • That tulips, carnations and irises came from Middle Eastern gardens to Europe in the 11th century?

The North London Muslim Housing Association are loaning artefacts for the display including a traditional prayer mat, recorded music, songs and prayer beads.

The Islamic Cultural Centre and The London Central Mosque will be providing the library with English copies of the Quran to give away for free – promoting awareness and understanding of Islam.

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