Alive with artisans: Cairo’s al-Darb al-Ahmar district – a photo essay by the Guardian com UK

Amid the historic quarter’s busy streets, a thousand workshops maintain centuries-old craftmaking traditions. These workers’ ancient skills are celebrated in a new exhibition at London’s Royal Geographical Society – by Harry Johnstone, photography by Christopher Wilton-Steer (…) An artisan stitching a new design. For centuries Khayamiya artisans produced tents, cloths and saddles for those embarking…

Socio-economic Development through Cultural Revitalization — Pamir Times Net article by Ahmad Nadeem on the Aga Khan Development Network’s initiatives in Pakistan and other countries

The Khaplu Palace & Reside (KP&R) of Gilgit-Baltistan region restored by the Aga Khan Trust for Culture (AKTC), – the cultural agency of the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) – won the ‘Highly Commended’ in the ‘Best in poverty reduction’ category of the Responsible Tourism Awards 2012 and it was the only project from Pakistan…

Thousands visit 1001 Inventions for opening week in New York

7 December 2010, New York — The record-breaking 1001 Inventions exhibition has landed in North America at the world renowned New York Hall of Science (NYSCI) and has already attracted several thousand visitors on its US debut. The exhibition’s US premiere was highly anticipated after it enjoyed blockbuster runs in both London and Istanbul, attracting…

1001 Inventions exhibition: from Istanbul,Turkey to New York, USA

Visitors soar above Sultanahmet Event Date: 1st October 2010 Venue: Sultan Ahmet Square, Istanbul The joy of Hezarfen’s historic 17th century flight over Istanbul was recreated in Istanbul’s Sultanahmet Square on Friday (1st October 2010) as the 1001 Inventions exhibition said goodbye to Turkey. The unique event was attended by the Mayor of Istanbul and…

What Muslims need today? – Raheel Lakhani

Muslims at the height of their civilization were one of the major contributors of arts and sciences. People like Al-Kindi and Al-Farabi were first to recover and translate the Greek philosophy and introduced this wisdom in Spain and Europe. Avicenna and other Muslim intellectual’s treatises on philosophy, medicine and other sciences were part of western…

Muslim civilisation: Seven more awards for 1001 Inventions Film (watch film here)

The film 1001 Inventions and the Library of Secrets, starring Oscar-winning actor Sir Ben Kingsley, has won an additional seven major industry awards at Los Angeles and Hamburg international film festivals. On Wednesday 26th May at the US International Film Festival in Los Angeles, California, 1001 Inventions and the Library of Secrets won the following…

1001 Inventions to open in Istanbul

Istanbul will host the 1001 Inventions exhibition later this year. Speaking at the Science Museum in London, Minister Kerem Kiratli of the Turkish Republic said “we welcome 1001 Inventions as part of the Istanbul European Capital City of Culture celebrations.” Considered by the media as London’s most successful exhibition, the new block buster 1001 Inventions exhibition has already…

London: IIS scholar Advises on Science Museum Exhibition, February 2010

Dr Nader El-Bizri acted as an external academic consultant for London’s Science Museum to support the launch of the temporary exhibition, 1001 Inventions: Discover the Muslim Heritage in our World. The free exhibition runs from 21 January to 25 April 2010, (temporary closure between 25 February and 12 March). This ‘blockbuster’ exhibition attracted over 15,000…

Muslim inventions that shaped the modern world – CNN News

By Olivia Sterns for CNN In 9th century Spain, Muslim inventor Abbas ibn Firnas designed a flying machine — hundreds of years before da Vinci drew plans of his own. London, England (CNN) — Think of the origins of that staple of modern life, the cup of coffee, and Italy often springs to mind. But…