Exhibit Highlights Marvels of Muslim Civilization

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Exhibit Highlights Marvels of Muslim Civilization


Exhibit Highlights Marvels of Muslim Civilization

Att: ISNA Convention-goers: While in DC, be sure to check out this exhibit at the National Geographic Museum.

WASHINGTONIANS AND VISITORS TO THE NATION'S capital can marvel at the achievements of Golden Age of Muslim Civilization. The award- winning interactive exhibition, 1001 Inventions, which arrived in D.C. Aug. 3, introduces the ground-breaking scientific and cultural achievements of this era, from the 7th to the 17fh centuries. It will be showing in the National Geographic Museum for six months, until Feb. 3, 2013, says Junaid Bhatti, the exhibition's director of marketing.

The collection, he says, is based on two decades of research by more than 100 leading academics and educationalists from around the world. The exhibition's content was reviewed and approved by an independent panel of academics from the London Science Museum's and was also reviewed by academic experts retained by California Science Center.

Their previous venue, in Los Angeles, was opened by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, received half a million visitors. It has drawn millions of visitors at blockbuster residencies in London, Istanbul, New York City and Abu Dhabi. Bhatti adds that the exhibition, which has a footprint of about 8000 sq. ft. in the National Geographic Museum, is a blockbuster traveling exhibition that highlights the enormous contribution to science and technology made by men and women of many different faiths in Muslim civilization. The exhibition is located just half a mile from the White House.

"The mission of National Geographic is to spread knowledge of the world and its cultures - past and present," says Kathryn Keane, vice president of Exhibitions at the National Geographic Society. "This exhibition is an opportunity to share the fascinating history of Muslim civilization with our audiences and to celebrate great scientific achievement and innovation."

Accompanying the exhibitions residency was a "Family Festival" on Sept. 8, which offered an opportunity for the families of residents, politicians, ambassadors and statesmen in the D.C. area to learn more about die history of science in Muslim civilization. The festival, supported by a grant from die Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art, provided free entry to all viewers.

"Muslim civilization stretched from southern Spain as far as China," says Ahmad Salim, die exhibition's producer and director. …

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