Ibn al-Haytham Honoured at Kuwait Book Fair

Published Date: 
17 November 2016

KFAS and 1001 Inventions launch new Arabic National Geographic kids book

KFAS and 1001 Inventions launch new Arabic children’s book on Arab scientist from National Geographic.

Kuwait, 16 November 2016: 1001 Inventions and the Kuwait Foundation for the Advancement of Science (KFAS), in partnership with the National Council for Culture, Art and Literature, organised a special show at the Kuwait International Book Fair to honour 11th century enlightened scientist Ibn al-Haytham. The Show was inaurgurated by His Excellency Salman Sabah Al-Salem Al-Hamoud Al-Sabah, Minister of Information and Youth Affairs in Kuwait.

The Ibn Al-Haytham show saw the launch of the Arabic version of a newly published National Geographic children’s book about Ibn al-Haytham. The book was made available in the Arabic language through a collaboration between 1001 Inventions and KFAS. 

The event is organised at this year’s Book Fair in celebration of Kuwait being the Capital of Islamic Culture 2016.

Ahmed Salim, Co-Founder and Director of 1001 Inventions said:

We are delighted that the partnership with the Kuwait Foundation for the Advancement of Science has provided the opportunity to introduce to Kuwaiti children a highly engaging book about a scientist from the history of this region in the Arabic language. 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 Civilisation where men and women of different faiths and cultures achieved breakthroughs that influence our world today. Through the Ibn Al-Haytham book and science show at the Fair we aim to inspire children and young people and equip them with a mindset that enables them to build a better future."

The new first-of-its-kind Children’s book that will be unveiled at the Ibn Al-Haytham stand at the Book Fair is part of the National Geographic Kids Readers Series that has sold millions of copies. This is the first time the series features themes from Muslim Civilisation. The book follows Ibn al-Haytham’s story with dazzling illustrations and fascinating facts, taking readers on a wondrous journey. This new book will find new audiences and build on the success of other 1001 Inventions books that have distributed over 1 million copies worldwide.

Shaza Shannan, Director Middle East of 1001 Inventions who translated and edited the Children’s book into the Arabic language said:

The book is beautifully written and presents in a highly engaging manner key aspects of Ibn al-Haytham's life and key discoveries. We hope that Arabic speaking children will enjoy going on the wondrous journey of Ibn al-Haytham that the book features with the same fascination and enjoyment that the team had on the journey of putting the book into the beautiful Arabic language. We aim, by adding this unique book to the Arabic library, to encourage young Arabic speakers to acquire scientific knowledge in their mother tongue which is of crucial importance in their learning process."



The special science show that accompanies the book is a family-oriented engaging educational experience. It aims to introduce Ibn al-Haytham to visitors and showcase some of his key contributions in the science of optics. The show comprises a large fully functioning camera obscura exhibit, hands-on science workshops, daily competitions for schools and families, and screening of a short new film about Ibn al-Haytham starring legendary actor Omar Sharif featuring a music hit by international artist Sami Yusuf.

The film’s trailer can be watched on www.IbnAlhaytham.com

Eng. Manar Al-Rashed, Program Manager of the Engagement in Science and Technology at KFAS said:

The launch of this book is accompanied by an Ibn al-Haytham Festival aimed at young people of Kuwait. The events showcase the fascinating story of Ibn Al-Haytham through a short film starring legendary actor Omar Sharif. The interactive activities depict some of Ibn al-Haytham’s important contributions to the understanding of vision, optics and lights; reflecting his methodology of investigation by using experiment to verify theory which shows certain similarities to what later became known as the modern scientific method."

The science show and book are a tribute to 11th century pioneering scientific thinker Ibn al-Haytham, and are part of a global educational campaign launched by 1001 Inventions in partnership with UNESCO in 2015 that has engaged more than 25 million people around the world.

Considered by many as the ‘Father of Optics’, Ibn al-Haytham made important contributions to the understanding of vision, optics and light. Ibn al-Haytham revolutionised science and his life serves as an inspiration to young people all over the world.

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 stand welcomes visitors at the Kuwait International Book Fair at the entrance of hall 7 between 16 and 26 November.

About KFAS

The Kuwait Foundation for the Advancement of Sciences (KFAS) is a private non-profit organization with over 40 years history of supporting the advancement of science and technology in Kuwait. KFAS operations are overseen by a Board of Directors chaired by His Highness, the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah. It is financially supported by Kuwaiti private shareholding companies through their generous contributions that currently amount to 1% of their annual net profit.  

KFAS mission is to stimulate, support, and invest in initiatives and human resources that contribute to building a strong science, technology, and innovation culture and to fostering an enabling environment. The initiatives include improving public understanding of science; strengthening innovation and research capacity and enhancing an enabling environment; supporting the gifted and talented; translating knowledge into innovation; and nurturing a solid foundation for a national knowledge-based economy by developing the private sector’s scientific, technological...


About 1001 Inventions

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

1001 Inventions has engaged with over 250 million people across the globe working with a network of international partners, including UNESCO, National Geographic and leading academics to produce interactive exhibits, short films, live shows, books and classroom learning materials that are being used by hundreds of thousands of educators around the world.