In March 2006, FSTC launched 1001 Inventions, a non-profit initiative which engages with the public through educational media and interactive global exhibitions in order to highlight the shared cultural and technological inheritance of humanity.
In 2010 alone, the 1001 Inventions exhibition was viewed by over 800,000 visitors during its current tour to the Science Museum in London, Istanbul's Sultanahmet Square, and the New York Hall of Science. Sponsored by the Al-Jameel Foundation, the exhibition was one of the cultural blockbusters of 2010. It has received world-wide press coverage and an overwhelmingly positive public response. A smaller version of the exhibition was displayed at the British Houses of Parliament and at theUnited Nations in New York. A smaller version of the exhibition was displayed at the British Houses of Parliament and at the United Nations in New York.
The accompanying coffee table book 1001 Inventions: Muslim Heritage in our World is in its second edition (2008) and has been translated into Turkish (2010). Over 100,000 copies have been distributed and sold.
The exhibition is also accompanied by a short film, 1001 Inventions and the Library of Secrets, a 13-minute film starring Sir Ben Kingsley as the 13th Century master engineer Al-Jazari who takes a group of modern school children on a journey of enlightenment through the erroneously named 'Dark Ages' of civilisation, and demonstrates how men and women of many different faiths, living within the Muslim civilisation, made exceptional advances in science and technology and paved the way for the European Renaissance. The film has won major awards, including awards at the New York Film Festival, the US International Film Festival (Los Angeles), the Hamburg International Film Festival (Germany), the IVCA (London), and at the Cannes Corporate Media Awards:
The exhibition will continue touring the United States throughout 2011 and a memorandum of understanding was signed in January 2011 with Khalifa University, Abu Dhabi to develop a Muslim Heritage Science and Engineering Exhibition to be included in their Discovery Centre.
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