The basis of FSTC’s work is content provision through primary research from original manuscripts currently residing in archives and libraries around the world, and secondary research building on existing publications. All research is peer-reviewed by a global network of academic supporters.

To date the researchers have focused on inventions from the Muslim civilisation, however we are expanding to include other lesser known cultures and civilisations that have had a lasting impact on the present world. Research is done by:

  • Researchers who are employed to produce their own research and collate the work of FSTC’s network of academic peers, friends and associates.
  • Research Fellows who are regularly contracted to conduct research.
  • Previously published research is adapted once permission to use and publish it is obtained.
  • Collaborative projects with international universities including: 
  1. Massachusetts Institute of Technology, MIT, USA
  2. London University’s Warburg Institute (CHASE Centre), UK
  3. University Teknologi, Malaysia
  4. Istanbul Medeniyet University,Turkey
  5. University of Aleppo’s Institute for the History of Arabic Science, Syria
  6. Dar Al-Hekmah College, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
  7. Khalifa University, Abu Dhabi, UAE
  8. Marmara University Istanbul, Turkey
  9. Effat University, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
  10. University of Manchester, UK
  11. Columbia University, USA
  12. Oxford & Cambridge University, UK

This research is then disseminated in different formats through various FSTC initiatives to promote social cohesion and inter-cultural appreciation to as wide an audience as possible. These initiatives include:

1001 Inventions, the World of Ibn al-Haytham,, the Muslim Heritage Awareness Group (MHAG), Educational Outreach Programme, Conferences and Lectures.

Above right, replica model of Al-Jazari’s Elephant Clock at the 1001 Inventions.