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01/13/12

Minoo Moallem to talk "Carpets and Computers" at the Tech Museum

Sunday, February 19, 2:00 p.m.
Lecture by Prof. Minoo Moallem
The Tech Museum, San Jose, California
Part of "Inside Islamic Science: Dialogues and Discussions" lecture series

Carpets and Computers: The influence of weaving and carpet looms on the development of computers in the West.

Minoo Moallem is Professor of Gender and Women's Studies at UC Berkeley challenges the mainstream stereotypical representation of Islam and Muslims as backward, fanatical, and pre-modern by showing how Islamic nationalism and fundamentalism are by-products of modernity. Using magazines, novels, and films, she offers a feminist transnational analysis of contemporary Iranian culture that questions dominant binaries of modern and traditional, West and East, secular and religious, and civilized and barbaric.

She is the author of "Between Warrior Brother and Veiled Sister. Islamic Fundamentalism and the Cultural Politics of Patriarchy in Iran". Her on-line project "Nation-on-the Move" was recently published in "Vectors Journal of Culture and Technology in a Dynamic Vernacular". Among other projects Professor Moallem is currently working on a book manuscript on the commoditization of the nation through consumptive production and circulation of such commodities as the Persian carpet.

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Related Exhibition at the Tech Museum: Ingenious Innovations: Islamic Science Rediscovered

California Premiere. Closes February 26.

Beginning Wed Dec 21, 2011 through February 26, 2012, we are proud to offer free admission to this exhibition.

Islamic Science Rediscovered celebrates the contributions of Muslim scholars and scientists in the arts, astronomy, engineering, exploration, flight, mathematics, optics, and medicine.

In order to obtain your free ticket, please see our ticket sellers in our lobby.

Groups of 10 or more people should still make a reservation by calling (408) 294-8324.

Did you know...

  • The first modern hospital was built in Baghdad over a thousand years ago?
  • Persian scholars developed the foundations for modern algebra and algorithms?
  • We get the word "camera" from the Arab word "qamara"?
  • Inoculation was written about in 8th century India, long before it gained popularity in Europe?
  • In the 10th century, a Persian surgeon invented many of the surgical tools we still use today?
  • An engineer from Mesopotamia developed the camshaft along with other commonly used machines?
  • By the year 644, Persians were using windmills to manage their water supply?
  • A man in Cordoba took flight over a millennium before the Wright brothers were born?
  • A 10th century Persian surgeon used catgut for internal stitches?
  • A 13th century Arab doctor described the circulatory system 300 years before William Harvey?
This amazing, interactive exhibition reveals 1000 years of discovery on 3 continents - Africa, Europe and Asia - and is suitable for all ages.

From the 8th to the 18th century, Muslim scientists drew upon ideas from various cultures, from Greece to Egypt and India, which produced a fountain of ideas that watered the multicultural roots of modern science and technology. Rediscover the roots of Silicon Valley's innovation - algorithms, Arabic numerals, astronomy, aviation, engineering, medical and biological and more!

Designed to unearth the scientific know-how of an Islamic Golden Age, the exhibition showcases the primary fields of Islamic scientific endeavor including: architecture, arts, astronomy, engineering, exploration, flight, mathematics, medicine, optics and water control.

Ingenious Innovations: Islamic Science Rediscovered is recommended for all ages.

Timed tickets are used for this exhibition.

Note: No photography. No cell phones. No Food. No refunds.

PLEASE READ THE FOLLOWING:

  • Last timed-ticket is 60 minutes before closing.
  • Please arrive at least 15 minutes prior to your selected entry time.
  • Recommended viewing time is 1 hour.
  • If you plan to see an IMAXTM film, we recommend a time slot before your scheduled viewing.

Exhibition hosts Our trained exhibition hosts of Ingenious Innovations: Islamic Science Rediscovered help demystify this grand civilization and introduces visitors to the vast influence of its discoveries and inventions on contemporary society.

Prices:
Lecture Only: $10.00; only $5.00 for members. One price for all ages. Museum and/or IMAX admission extra.

Admission to Ingenious Innovations: Islamic Science Rediscovered:
Beginning Wed Dec 21, 2011 through February 26, 2012, we are proud to offer free admission to this exhibition. In order to obtain your free ticket, please see our ticket sellers in our lobby.

Ingenious Innovations: Islamic Science Rediscovered celebrates the contributions of Muslim scholars and scientists in the arts, astronomy, engineering, exploration, flight, mathematics, optics, and medicine.

Groups of 10 or more people should still make a reservation by calling (408) 294-8324.

For more information please call (408) 294-8324.

Islamic Science Rediscovered was researched and developed by MTE Studios, located in Dubai U.A.E and Capetown South Africa. MTE Studios has also played a major role in the design, manufacture and installation of numerous interactive exhibits at the Topkapi Palace in Istanbul, Turkey. Recently, the multidisciplinary team delivered turnkey a museum on Islamic Science for King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) in Saudi Arabia. © MTE Studios

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