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  • Saturday, March 11, 2006

    Discover Islamics' contributions to the world

    This piece, from today's Independent takes a look at some of the contributions Islamic inventors have given to the world:

    Many modern surgical instruments are of exactly the same design as those devised in the 10th century by a Muslim surgeon called al-Zahrawi. His scalpels, bone saws, forceps, fine scissors for eye surgery and many of the 200 instruments he devised are recognisable to a modern surgeon.

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    The first person to realise that light enters the eye, rather than leaving it, was the 10th-century Muslim mathematician, astronomer and physicist Ibn al-Haitham. He invented the first pin-hole camera after noticing the way light came through a hole in window shutters.

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    Washing and bathing are religious requirements for Muslims, which is perhaps why they perfected the recipe for soap which we still use today.

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