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1001 Inventions and Awesome Facts from Muslim Civilization

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We often think that people from a thousand years ago were living in the Dark Ages. But from the 7th century onward in Muslim civilization there were amazing advances and inventions that still influence our everyday lives. People living in the Muslim world saw what the Egyptians, Chinese, Indians, Greek, and Romans had discovered and spent the next one thousand years adding new developments and ideas. Inventors created marvels like the elephant water clock, explorers drew detailed maps of the world, women made ...
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Overview

We often think that people from a thousand years ago were living in the Dark Ages. But from the 7th century onward in Muslim civilization there were amazing advances and inventions that still influence our everyday lives. People living in the Muslim world saw what the Egyptians, Chinese, Indians, Greek, and Romans had discovered and spent the next one thousand years adding new developments and ideas. Inventors created marvels like the elephant water clock, explorers drew detailed maps of the world, women made scientific breakthroughs and founded universities, architects built huge domes larger than anywhere else on earth, astronomers mapped the stars and so much more! This book takes the wining formula of facts, photos, and fun, and applies it to this companion book to the 1001 Inventions exhibit from the Foundation for Science, Technology, and Civilization. Each page is packed with information on this little-known history, but also shows how it still applies to our world today.
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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Elisabeth Greenberg
This fact-filled picture book lists numerous one-sentence facts drawn from the National Geographic exhibit on Muslim inventions. Bright and colorful with groupings of graphics and notes labeled from A (Architecture and Astronomy) to W (Weapons and Warfare), this book is the equivalent of an adult on a rip at a cocktail party, piling connection on connection and entertaining the crowd. Illuminating the heyday of Muslim Arabia and its colonies during the Dark Ages of Western Europe, the text mentions the same visionaries again and again (Ibn Sina, Ibn Firnas, Ibn Battuta, Al Kindi, Al Jazari), but also highlights some lesser-knowns (the Chinese explorer Zheng He, the 10th Century scientific craftswoman Al-Astrulabiya, named after her devices, the intellectual philanthropist Al-Ma'mun, the inventive Banu Musa brothers). Even students who look briefly at this book will be amazed by Muslim advances in aviation, medicine, astronomy, and more that took place during the European Middle Ages. The Arabic texts of this period, guarded and copied in Islam's great universities and libraries, helped to energize the explosion of new learning and scientific and artistic inquiry that took place during the Renaissance. This book is an excellent addition to the classroom library, as a volume perfect for the trivia browser and as a supplement to Middle Eastern studies. Reviewer: Elisabeth Greenberg
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781426312588
  • Publisher: National Geographic Society
  • Publication date: 12/11/2012
  • Pages: 96
  • Sales rank: 166,777
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.30 (w) x 12.00 (h) x 0.50 (d)

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