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Science and Islam

“Science and Islam” is a 3-part documentary series produced by BBC and was first televised in 2009. This fascinating film stars physicist Jim Al-Khalili who travels to Syria, Iran, Tunisia, and Spain in order to present how modern science is related to the medieval Islamic civilization. The show begins with facts that originate sometime between the 8th and 14ht centuries then finds his way to show the connection with modern scientific knowledge.

Some of the most interesting information that Al-Khalili pointed out are how alkali, algorithm, and algebra are originally Arabic and yet without these things there would be no chemistry, which is influenced by alkalis. Even computers will not exist without algorithms, and physics will not be possible without algebra. The film was created to illustrate the relevance of medieval Islamic civilization contributions to modern science.

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