Global Impact

The overall outcomes of the work of the Foundation, although hard to quantify, are very significant. We are very proud that our non-religious, non-political British Foundation is having a major global impact on enhancing community cohesion and developing a better understanding of the shared cultural roots of science. The 1001 Inventions name is now a worldwide phenomenon.

In the countries with which we have worked (United Kingdom, USA, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, UAE to name a few) so far, some or all of the following have resulted from our work:

  • Raised awareness of the missing 1000 years of the Muslim contributions to our shared scientific and technological heritage.
     
  • Governments are becoming aware of gaps in the school education curriculum relating to the Muslim contribution to our civilisation.
     
  • Young people from both Muslim and non-Muslim backgrounds are being inspired to study science and consider science-based careers.
     
  • Young Muslims are being encouraged to see scientific and technological innovation as a positive and constructive channel of the personal expression of beliefs, as an alternative to religious isolation.
     
  • Young people are becoming aware of historical male and female role models. This helps increase their sense of self-worth and encourages Muslim women in particular to take more control of their own futures.
     
  • Policy makers are beginning to understand that scientific and technological heritage can act as a bridge between communities, thereby increasing domestic social cohesion and inter-cultural respect.
     
  • FSTC’s focus on the past scientific achievements of the Golden Age has encouraged a new generation of engineers and innovators to address modern problems using ancient knowledge.

The most significant outcome, but the one which is hardest to find evidence for, is the emergence of a movement in the Muslim world that is seeking to reshape society based on re-discovering the past. This new society, which has been socio-genetically engineered from a shared cultural and Abrahamic religious background, has the potential to be neither fundamentalist nor overtly “westernised”. It is indeed a middle way.