This article is the seventh in my Debunking the Golden Age of Islam project so, before moving forward, it makes sense to review the six videos that have focused on the 1001 Inventions and the Library of Secrets video, starring Ben Kingsley, and the associated 1001 Inventions travelling exhibition and cultural diplomacy programme. Why 1001 […]
Debunking The Golden Age Of Islam #6: Why Al-Jazari Wasn’t Responsible For The Industrial Revolution
The last inventor to describe his achievements in 1001 Inventions and the Library of Secrets is the Ben Kingsley character, Al-Jazari, who describes himself as someone who “made some groundbreaking advances in engineering” and that his most significant discovery converted rotary motion into linear motion using a crank and connecting rods, essentially pumps and engines” […]
Debunking The Golden Age Of Islam #5: Mariam al-Asturlabi And The Role Of Women In Medieval Muslim Society
The fourth inventor to appear in 1001 Inventions and the Library of Secrets is Mariam al-Asturlabi, who seems an even stranger choice than some of the others. Even Paul Vallely cannot be bothered including the invention of the Astrolabe in his How Islamic inventors changed the world article so WikiIslam have no need to refute […]
In this article, I want to take a look at the exaggerated claims made about Islam’s contribution to Optics and the technological advancements that have come out of it. I plan to use the 1001 Inventions and the Library of Secrets video clip as a starting point but also show how the exaggerations have been […]
Debunking The Golden Age Of Islam: Why 1001 Inventions Exhibition Is An Exercise in Cultural Propaganda!
As someone who is interested in and has written about history, I’m extremely irritated by the fact that in recent years many inventions have been attributed to Islamic inventors, which in fact either existed in pre-Islamic eras or were invented by other cultures. This is historical revisionism and is obviously being done for political reasons. […]