Al-Jazari: The Mechanical Genius

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Al-Jazari: The Mechanical Genius Professor Salim T S Al-Hassani *Al-Jazari was the most outstanding mechanical engineer of his time. His full name was Badi' al-Zaman Abu-'l-'Izz Ibn Isma'il Ibn al-Razzaz al-Jazari. He lived in Diyar-Bakir (in Turkey) during the 6th century H (late 12th century-early 13th century CE).Large imageFigure 1: Wash-basin in the form of a peacock described by Al-Jazari in Kitab fi Ma'rifat al-Hiyal al-Handisayya. Manuscript copied in Sha'ban 6002/ March 1205. (Source).Large imageLarge imageFigure 2 a-b:He was called Al-Jazari after the place of his birth, Al-Jazira, the area lying between the Tigris and the Euphrates in Mesopotamia. Like his father before him, he served the Artuqid kings of Diyar-Bakir for several decades (at least between 570 and 597 H/1174-1200 CE) as a mechanical engineer. In 1206, he completed…
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Transfer of Technology from East to West

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About FSTC News & Events The Transfer of Science Between India, Europe and China via Muslim Heritage Professor Charles BurnettAbstract | Short biographyFigure 1Figure 2Figure 1-2:Professor Charles Burnett presenting his lecture in the "1001 Inventions" conference. © FSTC 2010.The Islamic realms served as a crucible for scientific learning from the ancient Greek world in the West and from China, India and Iran, in the East. Western Europe in turn benefited from the transmission of Arabic science into Latin, just as Chinese culture was indebted to Arabic texts travelling eastwards. There was a vast network of transmission over centuries and over continents. Today I would like to tell three stories.1. The first story concerns astronomyIn 1160 CE, a Hebrew sage from Tudela in the valley of the Ebro, Abraham ibn Ezra,…
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Amidst Islamophobic Brouhaha, Americans Protest Mosque That’s Actually A Church

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Amidst National Islamophobic Upheaval, Arizonans Protest Mosque That’s Actually A Church In an era saturated with absurd moments of anti-Muslim fear-mongering, mosques have become a touchstone for Islamophobia. Even unbuilt mosques have set off a wave of anti-Muslim sentiment in Tennessee, Texas, California, and most notably, New York. Not to be outdone, the people of Pheonix, AZ were quick to call foul over the appearance of a dome-like structure along an interstate. But in the clamor over the impending Muslim takeover, these Arizonans missed one small detail — the building is not a Mosque, it’s a church: A new dome-like structure near 19th Avenue along Interstate 10 in Phoenix is the Light of the World church, a nondenominational Christian church hoping to modernize traditional worship services, a church spokesman said…
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The Dalai Lama calls Islam one of the great religions

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The Dalai Lama Tuesday hailed Islam as one of the great religions of the world, saying true jihad was about fighting "negative emotions" within oneself.Speaking after receiving an honorary Doctor of Letters (D. Litt) degree from Delhis Jamia Millia Islamia university, the Tibetan spiritual leader said that some mischievous elements were bringing a bad name to Islam.“I defend Islam,” the Dalai Lama said, “we should not generalize Islam due to few mischievous people. Such mischievous people are there among Hindus, Jews, Christians, Buddhists, and all religions”. “Islam is one of the very important religions for many centuries, in the past, present and future it is the hope of millions of people,” he said. “Some Muslims in this country (India) told me genuine Islam practitioner must extend love and compassion to…
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Vatican offers Islamic finance system to Western Banks

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The Vatican says Islamic finance system may help Western banks in crisis as alternative to capitalistm. Friday, 06 March 2009 15:10World Bulletin / News Desk The Vatican offered Islamic finance principles to Western banks as a solution for worldwide economic crisis. Daily Vatican newspaper, 'L'Osservatore Romano, reported that Islamic banking system may help to overcome global crisis, Turkish media reported. The Vatican said banks should look at the ethical rules of Islamic finance to restore confidence amongst their clients at a time of global economic crisis. "The ethical principles on which Islamic finance is based may bring banks closer to their clients and to the true spirit which should mark every financial service," the Vatican's official newspaper Osservatore Romano said in an article in its latest issue late yesterday. Author…
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The banking woes of an “excluded” community

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The Hindu : Opinion / News Analysis : The banking woes of an “excluded” communityThe banking woes of an “excluded” communityVidya SubrahmaniamBanks have designated red zones where the vast majority of Muslim clusters fall. This fact is confirmed by the rash of banking-related complaints received by the National Commission for Minorities.A little over a year ago, Ali Arshad, a resident of Okhla in Delhi, went to a well-known private sector bank to open a bank account. He thought his case would be fast-tracked because he had a banking background, he worked with a well-known investment and brokerage company and he had the necessary documents: A passport, a pan card and a house rent agreement notorised on stamp paper.He still has not heard from the bank. The manager of the branch…
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Is Islamic Finance the new challenge to Wall Street?

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Is Islamic Finance the new challenge to Wall Street?Sunday, November 7, 2010By Andrew ShengI was in Kuala Lumpur in October attending the Global Islamic Finance Forum, organized by Bank Negara Malaysia and the Malaysian International Islamic Finance Centre. The whole glitterati of the Islamic world was here, and coincidentally, the HSBC Asia Board also held their meeting here, so it was also good time to catch up with all the Hong Kong good and great, including the incoming taipans at the Bank.In the 1990s, Islamic finance was a fledgling fringe industry. But today, its size has grown from roughly US$150 billion to about US$1 trillion in size. This is of course still small relative to some of the largest global fund managers and universal banks, who manage more than US$1…
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Indian corporates foray into Islamic finance – Arab News

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Indian corporates foray into Islamic finance - Arab NewsIndian corporates foray into Islamic financeBy MUSHTAK PARKER | ARAB NEWSPublished: Nov 14, 2010 22:55 Updated: Nov 14, 2010 22:55THE launch by India’s Tata Group of its debut Islamic equity fund two weeks ago sees the entry of another major Indian asset management company in the Islamic finance space. This follows the establishment by the rival Reliance Anil Dhirubahi Ambani Group of a dedicated Islamic asset management company in Malaysia, Reliance Asset Management Malaysia Sdn Bhd, in late 2009 to spearhead its global Islamic asset management activities.While Reliance seems to be a bit over-cautious, Tata in October 2010 launched the Tata Indian Shariah Equity Fund (TISEF) through its Tata Asset Management (Mauritius) Private Limited (TAMM), which is also the fund manager. According…
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Sharia is abiding by the law of the land

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Muslim explains faith's Sharia law BY BARBARA HOBEROCK - Tulsa World Published: November 14, 2010 The man behind a lawsuit seeking to overturn a controversial ballot measure has a passion for the law and his Islamic faith. Muneer Awad, executive director of the Oklahoma chapter on the Council for American-Islamic Relations, filed suit last week in federal court to overturn State Question 755. The measure bans state courts from the use of Sharia and international law in deciding cases. It passed Nov. 2 with slightly more than 70 percent of the vote. http://iqsoft.co.in Sharia law is not used in state courts, but supporters said SQ 755 was needed as a preventive measure. U.S. District Judge Vicki Miles-LaGrange granted a temporary restraining order putting implementation on hold. A hearing for an…
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Why Are You Here?

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Robert Lanza, M.D.Scientist, Theoretician Posted: November 12, 2010 08:48 AM Why Are You Here? A New Theory May Hold the Missing Piece Why do you happen to be alive on this lush little planet with its warm sun and coconut trees? And at just the right time in the history of the universe? The surface of the molten earth has cooled, but it's not too cold. And it's not too hot; the sun hasn't expanded enough to melt the Earth's surface with its searing gas yet. Even setting aside the issue of being here and now, the probability of random physical laws and events leading to this point is less than 1 out of 100,000,000,000,000,000,000, 000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000, equivalent to winning every lottery there ever was. Biocentrism, a new theory of everything,…
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