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1001 Inventions is an award-winning international science and cultural heritage organisation that raises awareness of the creative golden age of Muslim civilisation that stretched from Spain to China.

From the 7th century onwards, men and women of different faiths and cultures built on knowledge from ancient civilisations making breakthroughs that have left their mark on our world.

Join us on a journey to the past to inspire a better future!

Educational Materials Review:

1001 Inventions has developed a variety of educational materials to support teachers in their classroom in a fun and engaging manner. Our books, teachers’ guides, activity sheets and learning games aim to spark interest in science while promoting intercultural dialogue, social cohesion and mutual respect. We invite you to browse through our educational products.

Books  | Guides | Activity Posters | Films  | Merchandise | Characters | Examples

Our ultimate objective is simple, to have the 1001 Inventions educational materials used in every school and educational institution all around the world!


1001 Inventions: The Enduring Legacy of Muslim Civilisation 

The latest edition of the best-selling 1001 Inventions book introduces the enduring legacy of Muslim civilization to new audiences around the world. The previous two editions of the flagship 1001 Inventions publication sold more than 200,000 copies, with Turkish and Arabic versions also proving very popular.

The book’s seven chapters are richly illustrated and provide insight into the everyday life of early Muslim civilization and the related and subsequent growth and progress of Western civilization. There is also an extensive reference section, a glossary of subjects and people, charts, timelines and maps illustrating the inventions and contributions, remarkable photographs, artifacts, historic documents and drawings.

1001 Inventions and Awesome Facts from Muslim Civilization

The book produced in partnership with National Geographic for ages 8-12 uses the winning formula of facts, photos and fun. Each page is packed with information on little-known history of Muslim civilization, showing how their achievements still apply to our world today.

Ibn Al-Haytham: The Man Who Discovered How We See

From 1001 Inventions and National Geographic Kids, the book provides accessible, yet wide-ranging, information for independent readers.

The book is a special tribute to the 11th century pioneering scientific thinker Al-Hasan Ibn al-Haytham (known in the West by the Latinized form of his first name “Alhazen”). It is a companion to the international educational campaign, “1001 Inventions and the World of Ibn al-Haytham,” that includes interactive exhibits, workshops, live shows, and a 12-minute film starring Omar Sharif in his final film cinematic appearance.

National Geographic & 1001 Inventions Publish Ibn al-Haytham Children’s Book


1001 Inventions Education Pack

New ideas… solving real-world problems… collaborating creatively… these are all routes to success in science and development.

Today’s scientists and engineers are building on strong foundations of innovation and knowledge-sharing. Behind some of the concepts and principles in modern maths and science are centuries of discovery and debate that began a thousand years ago in Muslim civilisation.

The 1001 Inventions Education Pack aims to inspire the next generation to take up the challenge of improving daily life through science, engineering, innovation and creativity. It provides educators and students with materials for learning about science and culture in a fun and engaging way, while highlighting contributions by scholars and scientists from Muslim civilisation.

The pack includes three sub-sections:

  • Teacher’s Guide: designed for teachers and educators, this is full of information and activities to support classroom learning, with instructions and references.
  • Build Your Own Exhibition Guide: designed to guide students and teachers through a collaborative school project to create their own 1001 Inventions show or exhibition. Includes trips, advice, information, scripts, suggested exhibits and fun educational activities.
  • Exhibition Activity Sheets: designed for use by students during their visit to a 1001 Inventions exhibition near them, with separate sets for primary and secondary school children. 

1001 Inventions Children’s Activity Guide

A Children’s Guide to the exhibition, this activity book brings to life the characters and inventions featured in 1001 Inventions. With amazing facts and fun quizzes on every area of discovery, this book features 33 pages of fascinating detail about Muslim civilisation. It also contains 5 brilliant projects to allow children to experiment and create, just like the famous inventors of the golden age.

This guide book is a great way for schools to follow up an exhibition visit in lessons, or for parents and children to bring the wonder of the exhibition home. It will make a memorable addition to any bookshelf and remind younger visitors of this inspiring period of history.

Ibn Al-Haytham Educational Resources

Educational resources on include a range of hands-on workshops, activities and demonstrations offering insights into the history of light, vision and optics. is part of “1001 Inventions and the World of Ibn Al-Haytham” global educational campaign organised in partnership with UNESCO to celebrate the United Nations proclaimed International Year of Light and honour the remarkable 11th Century scientist.


A set of 10 high quality educational posters aimed for 11-16 year olds. A wonderful way to learn about Muslim Civilisation’s contribution to Science and brighten up the classroom!


1001 Inventions and the Library of Secrets

The short film starring Sir Ben Kingsley follows the story of three school children that visit a dusty library to research the story of ‘The Dark Ages’. What they find changes their views on the world dramatically as ingenious inventors and pioneers of science and culture are vividly brought to life.

1001 Inventions and the World of Ibn Al-Haytham

The late legendary actor Omar Sharif takes the lead role in the short film that brings to life the story of Ibn al-Haytham’s quest to discover the nature of light and vision. The partly animated storyline is intertwined with a live-action backstory starring Sharif, who guides in the quest of discovering Ibn al-Haytham’s journey to understand how we see, and the principles of light and optical theories.


1001 Inventions produces a range of branded educational merchandise catering for a wide age range. 1001 Inventions products support and enhance the brand and the heritage it represents through educational gameplay and learning.


Scientists, inventors, medics, engineers and mathematicians of all faiths and cultures across Muslim civilisation, worked together in harmony for the betterment of society and shaped the way we live today. 1001 Inventions celebrates these men and women, often referred to as ‘Heroes of the Golden Age’, as they are synonymous with the brand and heritage it represents.

These characters each have an astounding story to tell about their lives, their accomplishments and their impact on our modern world. 1001 Inventions brings these characters to life through our films, books and blockbuster touring exhibitions. Animated versions of these historical characters are shown above.


  • LEGO inspired reproduction of Al-Jazari’s 13th century Elephant Clock

A fantastic project inspired by 1001 Inventions, to represent Al-Jazari’s automatic Elephant Clock using LEGO Mindstorms kits…

  • 1001 Inventions at the First District Wide Multicultural Celebration at Bloomfield Hills High School, Michigan

Students from Bloomfield Hills High School in costumes of pioneers from Muslim Civilisation engaging children and families with 1001 Inventions hands-on workshops and educational material. Participation organised by Friends of 1001 Inventions Michigan.

  • Muslim Civilisation Museum Activity at Al-Hayat International School, Lebanon

Organised by fifth grade students at Al-Hayat international school having been encouraged and influenced by the 1001 Inventions books and website.

Al-Hayat International School

  • HRH Duke of York honours International Year of Light and tribute to Ibn al-Haytham

HRH Duke of York honours International Year of Light & tribute to Ibn al-Haytham

The Royal Society and 1001 Inventions host London schools

London, 27 January 2016: 1001 Inventions, the Royal Society and the Institute of Physics partnered to organise a full day of educational events and celebrations in London today. Hundreds of people including school children and students gathered at the Royal Society to mark the closure of the 2015 International Year of Light (IYL2015) that included a special tribute to the 11th century scientist Ibn al-Haytham. An evening gala event was honoured with the presence of the Duke of York, HRH Prince Andrew, the UK Patron of the International Year of Light.

  • Istanbul Syrian School Chrildren’s Science Fair 


فاطمة الفهري ,, أسست أول جامعة في التاريخ

لو كنت طالبا مجتهدا قبل 1200 عام ونجحت في الإمتحان وقررت أن تلتحق بأول وأفضل جامعة ذي ذاك الوقت .. فأي جامعة ستختار .؟! تعرّف على فاطمة الفهري .. التي بنت أول جامعة في التاريخ ..

Posted by ‎إبداعات حضارتنا‎ on Saturday, 22 November 2014

(in Arabic) Syrian school children in Turkey re-enact a famous scientists from Muslim heritage. This student was acting as Fatima al-Fihri (Source)

Organisations, corporates and philanthropists can sponsor the purchase and distribution of 1001 Inventions books and educational materials to schools, colleges and universities. If interested please contact us.



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