Read the story of Ibn al-Haytham, also know as Alhazen - the man who went on a journey of discovery that changed our world forever
Ibn al-Haytham, envisioned in this bust by artist Ali Amro, lived during a golden age of discovery and creativity in Muslim civilisation when men and women of different faiths and cultures achieved breakthroughs that still influence our world today.
His methodology of investigation, in particular using experiments to verify theory, shows certain similarities to what later became known as the modern scientific method.
He wrote at least 96 books. His most famous is the Book of Optics or Kitab al-Manazir which was translated into Latin and became very influential.
He laid out completely new ideas about light and vision in this book he wrote between 1011 and 1027, while he was in Egypt.
1001 Inventions and the World of Ibn al-Haytham is a mixed animation and live-action film that tells the story of Ibn al-Haytham. Click here to watch the film
It depicts his story and discovery, made in a dark room that light coming through a tiny hole projected an image of the outside world onto the dark wall opposite the hole - similar to how we see.
The Polish astronomer Johannes Hevelius chose to honour Ibn al-Haytham and Galileo, crediting the former as pioneer of the rational scientific method in his masterwork Selenographia.
Published in 1647, the book was the first to chart the Moon's surface as seen through a telescope.
Ibn al-Haytham’s work in understanding the fundamental nature of light underpinned the discoveries of many who came after him.
Based on centuries of discoveries, the long work done in optics made possible the world of media and communications we live in today.
Legendary actor Omar Sharif on set during the filming of 1001 Inventions and the World of Ibn al-Haytham.
This was his last lead performance before his death. He took up the role in this film despite having been on retirement for some years at the time of filming.
Omar Sharif talks about his role in the film 1001 Inventions and the World of Ibn al-Haytham.
Sharif studied physics before taking up acting. He saw the film as an important tool for educating young people.
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Producers: Ahmed Salim, Shaza Shannan