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‘1001 Inventions’ edited by Salim T.S. Al-Hassani


During the centuries after the fall of Rome, Muslims made many scientific and technological advances that are key to modern civilization. Among these are the development of surgical tools, the introduction of the beginnings of algebra, and the perfection of distillation and other chemical processes. “1001 Inventions: The Enduring Legacy of Muslim Civilization’’ (National Geographic) was developed as a companion to the “1001 Inventions’’ exhibition that will be in Washington, D.C. this summer, but this heavily illustrated volume, edited by Salim T.S. Al-Hassani, stands on its own as an accessible history of the golden era that spanned from the 7th to the 17th century.

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