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 Cultures, University 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 17th centuries."
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 technology'."
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.
1001 INVENTIONS AND THE LIBRARY OF SECRETS