Posted by jonathanfryer on Friday, 25th June, 2010
Yesterday afternoon I was delighted to attend a Private View of the superb 1001 Inventions exhibition at the Science Museum in South Kensington, courtesy of the Kuwaiti Ambassador, H.E. Khaled Al-Duwaisan and CAABU. Many people in the West are blissfully unaware of how much modern civilization owes to Arab scientists, inventors and thinkers. It’s not just that the Arabs saved much of classical Greek and Roman writings and knowledge during the European Dark Ages. From Constantinople to Baghdad, there was a ferment of activity and creativity, which is documented and conveyed in a highly entertaining way in this magnificent exhibition, supported by the Jameel Foundation. It has already attracted a very high number of visitors, but is only on until the and of this month. In August, the whole thing will be installed in giant marquees in Istanbul, in front of the Blue Mosque, then later it will go to New York. Not to be missed!