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SIFHAMS Holds the Second International Scientific Forum “Scientific Tradition in Islamic Civilization”

​16 April 2019



Under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Member of the Supreme Council, Ruler of Sharjah, and President of the University of Sharjah, the Sharjah International Foundation for the History of Arab and Muslim Sciences (SIFHAMS) organized the Second International Scientific Forum under the title: "Scientific Tradition in Islamic Civilization." His Excellency Saif Al Zari Al Shamsi, Commander-in-Chief of Sharjah Police, attended the Forum along with His Excellency Prof. Hamid M.K. Al Naimiy, Chancellor of the University of Sharjah and President of the Arab Union for Astronomy and Space Sciences; Prof. Maamar Bettayeb, Vice Chancellor for Research and Graduate Studies; Prof. Mesut Idriz, Acting Director of SIFHAMS; Prof. Abdul Sahib Mehdi, Acting Dean of the College of Arts, Humanities & Social Science; as well as a number of faculty and staff members and students.

The first session was presented by Prof. Dr. Torla Hassan, Vice-Chancellor of the International Islamic University in Malaysia, entitled "Islamic Scientific Traditions in History." It focused on the relevance of Islamic sciences that come in the light of the basic principles that are consistent with the vision of modern physical theories and the existence of astronomical and philosophical arguments. He touched on the Islamic scientific traditions in contemporary scientific trends and discussed the turning point in the cultural history of Islam as well as how early Muslim scholars worked on the development of natural sciences through experiments and scientific observation.

The Chancellor of the University of Sharjah gave the second session entitled "The Story of the University in the Holy Quran." In it he discussed the visible and real universe and how it started and its theorized end. He also talked about the celestial bodies and their relation to Quranic texts and interpretation. He explained the formation of black holes, and the duration it takes light to reach the center of the galaxy. He also gave a presentation of the size of the Sun and its correlation with the Moon, explain eclipses, in addition to a discussion about the accuracy of the rotation of the Earth and its beauty and uniqueness. During this talk he also addressed the movement of stars and galaxies in the universe and how to observe them.

The third session was presented by Dr. Reiner Bremer, an independent researcher from Germany, entitled "Medicine and Ethics in Islamic Scientific History." This session focused on research interests in human anatomy and pharmacy in the Ottoman period at a time when drugs developed in the Middle East and Europe quickly and in new methods. He discussed interactions between different cultures and religions in clinical practice, especially in contemporary Turkey and with Muslim immigrants in Germany.


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