Royal Launch for Ibn Al-Haytham in Jordan

Published Date: 
9 March 2017

“1001 Inventions and the World of Ibn Al-Haytham” opens in Amman

“1001 Inventions and the World of Ibn Al-Haytham” opens in Amman

Amman, 8 March 2017: Her Royal Highness Princess Sumaya bint Al-Hassan, President of the Royal Scientific Society of Jordan, launched at The Jordan Museum ‘1001 Inventions and the World of Ibn Al-Haytham’ exhibition as part of a national celebration of the life and work of 11th century pioneering Arab thinker Al-Hassan Ibn al-Haytham.

The world-class 1001 Inventions exhibition about Ibn al-Haytham is hosted in Jordan in celebration of the Jordan Year of Science 2017 and will be open to the public for 4 weeks until 8 April 2017.

The Exhibition is part of a global educational campaign launched by 1001 Inventions in partnership with UNESCO to celebrate the International Year of Light 2015. The campaign has engaged more than 30 million people around the world since its launch in January 2015.

Her Royal Highness Princess Sumaya bint Al-Hassan, President of the Royal Scientific Society Vice-Chair of The Jordan Museum said:  

This exhibition marks an early step in the celebration of Jordan’s Year of Science 2017. We seek to engage our people and to ignite our national imagination. Science belongs to all of us and through science we may learn to change our world for the better and to build a future of opportunity and hope. It is, therefore, most appropriate to talk about our future in this wonderful institution that is dedicated to our past. For the Jordan Museum celebrates the innovative capacity of hundreds of generations of our ancestors. We must be inspired to emulate them by opening our minds and engaging our creative imaginations."

HRH Princess Sumaya shakes hands with Ahmed Salim, Co-Founder and Director of 1001 Inventions, after signing an agreement between the Royal Scientific Society, the Jordan Museum and 1001 Inventions in Amman - Image by RSS (Source)

Ahmed Salim, Producer and Director of 1001 Inventions said:

We are delighted that the partnership with the Royal Scientific Society and The Jordan Museum has provided the opportunity to introduce to people in Jordan a highly engaging experience about a scientist from the history of this region. Ibn al-Haytham’s inspirational life and his contributions to our world are important to recognise. He lived during a golden age of discovery and creativity in Muslim Civiliastion where men and women of different faiths and cultures achieved breakthroughs that influence our world today. Through the Ibn Al-Haytham Exhibition we aim to inspire children and young people and equip them with a mindset that enables them to build a better future."

Considered by many as the ‘Father of Optics’, Ibn al-Haytham made important contributions to the understanding of vision, optics and light. His methodology of investigation, in particular using experiments to verify theory, shows certain similarities to what later became known as the modern scientific method. Ibn al-Haytham revolutionised science and his life serves as an inspiration to young people all over the world.

As a fun educational experience, the Exhibition offers audiences of all ages a highly interactive and engaging experience that includes an exciting short film starring legendary actor Omar Sharif featuring a music hit by international artist Sami Yusuf, interactive exhibitis, hands-on science activities, workshops and digital games. The film’s trailer can be watched on

An additional unique feature of the exhibition will also be displayed at the Jordan Museum. The Ibn Al-Haytham Art Gallery by Jordanian artist Ali Amro will accompany the Exhibition and will showcase beautiful artwork of Ibn al-Haytham including scenes from the Ibn Al-Haytham film and the Ibn Al-Haytham character development process.

1001 Inventions led tribute events for Ibn al-Haytham at the United Nations in New York, at UNESCO in Paris, the Royal Society in London with Prince Andrew Duke of York and in more than 10 other cities around the world.

The Ibn Al-Haytham Exhibition welcomes visitors at The Jordan Museum from 8 March to 8 April 2017.


About The Jordan Year of Science 2017

The Jordan Year of Science (JYS) 2017 is a year-long series of events celebrating science and innovation in Jordan. It aims to place science, technology and innovation at the heart of the debate on the future growth of Jordan and will reaffirm its pivotal role in the Middle East’s durable development. The events and coverage surrounding the JYS Calendar of Events will draw in scientists, engineers, researchers and policymakers from around the world, and will engage the public in debates and discussions to highlight the challenges and the enormous capacity Jordan has to tackle them with intelligence, creativity and drive.

JYS 2017 will feature a Calendar of events, discussion and debate, headlined by a key, globally anticipated summit – World Science Forum 2017 – in November.

About the Jordan Museum

The Jordan Museum is located in the dynamic new downtown area of Ras al-‘Ayn. Presenting the history and cultural heritage of Jordan in a series of beautifully designed galleries, The Jordan Museum serves as a comprehensive national centre for learning and knowledge that reflects Jordan’s history and culture, and presents in an engaging yet educational way the Kingdom’s historic, antique and heritage property as part of the ongoing story of Jordan’s past, present, and future.

About 1001 Inventions

1001 Inventions is an award-winning, British based organisation that creates international educational campaigns and engaging transmedia productions aiming to raise awareness of the contrbutions to science, technology and culture from the Golden Age of Muslim Civilisation.

1001 Inventions has engaged with over 300 million people across the globe working with a network of international partners, including UNESCO, National Geographic and leading academics to produce interactive exhibitsshort films, live shows, books and classroom learning materials that are being used by hundreds of thousands of educators around the world.


HRH Prince Hasan of Jordan with Ahmed Salim, Co-Founder and Director of 1001 Inventions at the Jordan Museum 


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