Move aside Einstein! Before there was a spate of modern inventions in the 1800s, innovators from across the Arab world were making amazing societal progress and creating objects that we still use today. Paving the way for the Wright brothers, Tessler and all the other big names, we thought it was time to shine the spotlight on all the incredible ways the unsung heroes of the Islamic inventing world have contributed to world civilisation and modern development.
With the dangerous double edged sword of Western media intent on portraying Arabs and Muslims as crazed suicide bombers, it’s time to take a step back and realise just how much Islamic civilisations have advanced the world - and that’s not even counting the invention of hummus!
Western inventors, such as telephone pioneer Alexander Graham Bell, get way too much credit...the elimination of smallpox would not have been possible without the crucial findings of Indian Muslims. Thanks, but no thanks Bell - I’d rather be clear of smallpox than chat to my mates! Crucially, Muslim inventors also came up with the camera...no Muslim inventors = no selfies. A modern day nightmare!
Similarly, if it weren’t for the ancient Muslims of Babylon (modern Iraq) we wouldn’t have soap. Just imagine the stench of a world without this dainty bar...if the thought of rampant BO horrifies you, then take a minute to thank your lucky stars that those cunning inventors of 2800 B.C created the forerunner of your fancy showergel and pristine hand sanitizer.
From the first conception of the airplane, to cheques, fountain pens and medical supplies, take a long look at the Muslim brainboxes and their creations that helped civilisation come on in leaps and bounds.