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Islamic science exhibit opens in Istanbul

08-19-2010 09:36 BJT

ISTANBUL, Aug. 18 (Xinhua) -- An exhibit featuring Islamic scientific achievements between the 7th and 17th centuries opened here on Wednesday.

The exhibit, named "The 1001 Inventions Exhibit" was brought to Turkey by the Alliance of Civilizations Coordination Committee.

Previously on display at London's Science Museum, the exhibit is currently housed in a 1,000 square meters enclosed shelter in Istanbul's historic Sultanahmet square.

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan spoke at the opening of the exhibit and warned against forgetting the contributions the Muslim world made to science.

The Islamic world had treated its predecessors with respect yet did not receive the same consideration today, said Erdogan, adding "it is our duty to not forget the scientists of the Muslim world or to let them be forgotten."

State Minister in charge of science and technology Mehmet Aydin spoke of the contributions the Muslim world made to the Western science.

"When the West and Europe think of the Islamic world, they only think of 1001 nights, but Islam played a significant role in the development of Western civilization," he said.

The exhibit had over 500,000 visitors during its stay in London, and will be available for public viewing free of charge until October 5, after which it will be taken to New York.

Editor:Zheng Limin |Source: Xinhua

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