Qatar National Library organises the history of science and technology in the Middle East and the Islamic World’ Public lecture

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Published February 4th, 2016 - 05:05 GMT
Mr Allan Groen, Associate Director for Public Services at Qatar National Library, delivering the opening remarks at the library’s first public guest lecture
Mr Allan Groen, Associate Director for Public Services at Qatar National Library, delivering the opening remarks at the library’s first public guest lecture

Qatar National Library (QNL), a member of Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development (QF), launched a public lecture series, exploring the Golden Age of Islamic Sciences, the narratives of decline and science and technology in the modern Middle East and Islamic World.

 Hosted at Georgetown University in Qatar (GU-Q) and titled ‘The History of Science and Technology in the Middle East and the Islamic World’, the lecture was delivered by Ahmed Ragab, Professor of History of Science from the Science, Religion and Culture programme at Harvard University, U.S.A.

Aimed at creating a bridge between scholars, researchers and people across the Middle East and Muslim World, QNL’s public lecture series is fully in line with QNL’s vision of bridging with knowledge Qatar’s and the Arab and Islamic world’s heritage and future. This and other informative gatherings exemplify QNL’s firm commitment to QF’s vision to unlock human potential and preserve the nation’s history for future generations.

Commenting on the launch of the library’s public lecture series, Engineer Saadi Al Said, QNL’s Director of Administration and Planning, said: “The recently launched lecture series is an exciting addition to our monthly events calendar that is aimed at exploring various themes within the science and Islamic fields while facilitating informative and valuable conversations.”

He continued: “The first lecture in the ongoing series was very well received by the community. We look forward to featuring more high-profile speakers to highlight the golden history of Islamic sciences, central to QNL’s vision.”

Building on the continuous success of the library’s monthly events, QNL will host a range of engaging events in February. This month’s book discussion, to be held in English on February 10 at the Hamad bin Khalifa University (HBKU) Student Centre, features the book titled ‘’Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything ’’ by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner. A collection of economic articles, the book explores the hidden side of everything and how economics is the study of incentives while demonstrating how the world functions through economics.

A Social Sciences Training session, planned on February 16 at the HBKU Student Centre, will offer hands-on training sessions to academics and the wider community while a Research Training Workshop will be held on February 24 aimed at helping undergraduate students hone their research skills.   

In addition, the ‘Art Makerspaces’ children event, will take place on February 25 at Education City’s Recreation Centre, giving children between the ages of 4 – 11 the chance to unlock their creativity and imaginations by taking part in a range of interactive arts and craft-making activities. Children and families will have the opportunity to make use of simple materials to make interesting crafts of their own.

For more information on the library’s upcoming events, please visit: 

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