Marmara University MHANT Meeting October 2013

Published Date: 
11 November 2013

Muslim Heritage Awareness Network of Turkey (MHANT) held its fourth meeting on 5th October 2013 in Marmara University’s chancellery building in Sultanahmet, Istanbul, Turkey.


Marmara University’s Chancellery Building (Old Ottoman School of Higher Commerce),
Sultanahmet,  Istanbul (source)

The meeting started with welcome remarks by Prof. Dr. Zafer Gül, Rector of Marmara University, Prof. Dr. Hamza Kandur, Vice-Rector of Marmara University, and Professor Salim Al-Hassani, President of The Foundation of Science, Technology, and Civilisation (FSTC).

A letter of apology from the MHANT Chairman, Prof. Dr. Talip Alp, who had to be at an important TUBITAK meeting on the day, was read out by Prof. Dr. Talip Küçükcan.

The meeting Chairman, Prof. Dr Hamza Kandur, asked all participants introduced themselves. He especially welcomed Prof. Dr Niyazi Eruslu, Rector of Yalova University, the new members from iGETEV ladies group and a delegation from Ankara.


(From left) Prof Salim Al-Hassani, Founder of FSTC and Prof Zafer Gül, Rector of Marmara University,
Prof Hamza Kandur, Vice-Rector of Marmara University, visit to FSTC 20th March 2012 (source)

In the meeting the following topics were discussed:

- Activating a national campaign to Enrich the teaching of science, technology and medicine in universities and schools by introducing names and inventions from non-European cultures: The objective is to enhance respect between cultures and inspire the young to use the past to build a peaceful and prosperous future. This effort should involve people from all walks of life, in particular the academic, teaching and business communities, including media and government agencies.

- Creating a “Lecturers' Pack” for universities: This resource provides an additional voluntary resource which enriches the currently taught subjects in particular Science, Maths, Engineering, Physics, Chemistry and Biology. This should be developed by cooperating universities and hopefully supported by educational authorities.

Introduction of a new course, IGETEV: It is about running a course on Women of Science, Medicine and Management in Muslim Heritage. Prof. Dr. Rafet Bozdogan and Mrs Zeynep Kandur presented the details of this project, which had just been completed (see Women of Science, Medicine and Management, Istanbul). Some of the participants of the course were present at the MHANT meeting.


Prof Salim Al-Hassani, President of FSTC and Prof Talip Alp, MHANT Chairman

International Conference on Child Education, Ankara: Dr Murat Önder of Yıldırım Beyazıt University and Mr Mürşid Aybek of the Association of Education Policies and Research presented a brief on this summit, which was held on 27-29 September 2013 with support of the Ministry of Education and Ministry of Families and Social Policies. The conference discussed educational methods for the 21st century. Prof. Salim Al-Hassani presented a keynote lecture on “The Forgotten Genius Children and new Paradigm for Education”.
For more details see: 21st Century World Summit on Child Education

- Introduction of a new MA degree course on Muslim Heritage: Doç. Dr. Cengiz Tomar of Marmara university presented the details of a new exciting project, which was proposed by the Research Center For Islamic History, Art and Culture (IRCICA) and the Institute for Middle East Studies, with a coalition of 25 universities worldwide.

Each item of the Agenda was thoroughly discussed by all participants and a number of actions were agreed.  The meeting was concluded by a word of thanks by the Chairman.


MHANT meeting in Marmara University back in 18th April 2011 (source)

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In the aftermath of the success visit of "1001 Inventions" to Istanbul in the summer 2010, FSTC established the network "Muslim Heritage Awareness Network Turkey" (MHANT). On Friday 1st October 2010, thirty Turkish academics met to launch the MHANT at Marmara University in Istanbul. Professor Salim Al-Hassani, Mr Peter Fell and Dr Anne-Maria Brennan attended as representatives of FSTC. During the meeting praise was given for the success of the 1001 Inventions exhibition in Istanbul which attracted over 400,000 visitors, many of whom were children and young people.

The Muslim Heritage Awareness Group is a network of academics experts and public figures associated with FSTC who believe in its noble mission. There are groups in the UK, USA and Turkey which holds regular meetings, on pre-defined themes that guide and inform the subsequent work of FSTC.

Recent meetings include:


View of Hagia Sophia, Sultanahmet, Istanbul (source)