An exhibition of facts, history and contributions by Middle Eastern people to the world was inaugurated yesterday at the Scientific Center in Salmiya under the patronage of HH the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmed Al-Jaber Al-Sabah. The ‘1,001 Inventions: A Journey to Past’ exhibition is being held in a tent especially set up for the exhibition in front of the Scientific Center till March 7. Ahmed Salim, director and producer of the exhibition, was delighted to hold this event in Kuwait, one of the largest exhibitions he has ever organized outside the United Kingdom.
The exhibition tells of the achievements of the Islamic civilization. Inventions by Arab scientists highlighted at the exhibition are based on historical and scientific facts and knowledge and links from the ancient Greeks, Romans and Egyptians. The scientists achieved new discoveries and paved the way for the European Renaissance.
Salim said the exhibition’s objective is to fill the gap in educating kids about Middle Eastern civilization and its contribution to the world. “When I was in school, all the books were about the Greek and Roman civilizations and the European Renaissance, Isaac Newton, Galileo and others, but when you turn back history, there’s like a gap of a thousand years. What happened and why it is not mentioned? We are better today because we are the product of yesterday, of the Islamic civilization,” he said. As a child growing up in the United Kingdom, he was surrounded by 30 British students at school, and was the only Arab student. “They would ask me what has been the Arabs’ contribution to the world. We have contributed a vast amount of knowledge to the modern world. There is something good about us, about the Arab culture and people, and some of you will only discover it here today. We want you to be educated and learn from it,” Salim added.
Original article by Ben Garcia
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