1001 Inventions ‘Smashing Success’ Almost 10,000 visitors through Eid…25,000 since exhibition opened to public Museum to open on off-day due to popular demand

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Photos showing the Eid activities designed to engage children, teenagers and families during the holidays…1001 Inventions officials have said the exhibition has been a smashing success, drawing in 4000 visitors a day over Eid, amounting to a total of 25,000 visitors since the exhibition first opened to the public on October 17.

Museum of Islamic Art, which is normally closed on Tuesdays, has said it will allow visitors to the 1001 Inventions exhibition to come in this Tuesday due to popular demand.

“The activities are simple but they engage the mind and help young people understand the historical significance of the exhibition,” said Shaza Shannan, Director of Middle East Operations, 1001 Inventions. “During the perfume making workshop for example, participants are effectively smelling different kinds of perfume but essentially they become exposed to the distillation process developed by Jaber Ibn Hayyan and Al Kindi in the 9th Century; which is now being applied in gas to liquid distillation, used by companies like Shell in their Pearl GTL project.”

1001 Inventions is brought to Doha by Qatar Museums Authority and Museum of Islamic Art in partnership with 1001 Inventions and Qatar Shell to highlight the achievements by scientists and scholars during the Golden Age of Muslim Civilization. The exhibition continues until November 12.

The Exhibition further developed its content during Eid to include sketches showcasing interactions between scientists during the Muslim Civilization (as shown in photos sketch 1: Abbas ibn Firnas, Al Zahrawi, sketch 2: Ahmed ibn Maged, Zing Hi, Mariam Al Isterlabi)

The exhibition organizers also collaborated with Qatar Science Club to showcase QSC designed puzzles related to mathematics, science and technology.

According to organizers the most popular activities were wood block building, aimed at helping children understand the development of Muslim architecture, and the Arabic calligraphy workshop, which demonstrates the development of Arabic calligraphy, the paper it was designed on, and the first fountain pen which combined the hitherto used feather and ink pot developed under the orders of Sultan Al Moataz of Egypt in the 19th Century.

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