By Kevin Stoda
As the main character, played by Ben Kingsly, in the new
film, 1001 INVENTIONS AND THE LIBRARY OF SECRETS [,for the "blockbuster" at the Science Museum in London
this winter] stated "The Dark Ages were misnamed".
Meanwhile, "Salim Al-Hassani, who is emeritus professor of Mechanical Engineering
and currently a professorial fellow in the School
of Languages, Linguistics and
of Manchester" was
honored just last autumn for his historical research. The award came from the British Science
Association. The Association noted that "He
[Dr. Hassani] has spent the last two decades debunking the myth of "The Dark
Ages' by raising awareness of the scientific achievements that took place in
India, China, Muslim Spain and the Middle East between the 7th and
NOTE: "Every year the BSA bestows
Honorary Fellowship upon individuals who have "promoted openness about science
in society' and "engaged and inspired adults and young people with science and
The stories and myths Hassani has been debunking are of the Dark Ages era.
He aimed first at European scientific training and students of history. However, now the Science Museums in Europe wants the masses to know more. This new short film with Ben Kingsly is only one
part of this drive to write a more balanced global and European history of
science and culture in recent decades.
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