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1001 Inventions and the Library of Secrets (2010)

Three teenagers are researching how the modern world has been impacted by the Dark Ages. They meet the Librarian who guides them through a journey of discovery about the ancient Golden Age.





Cast overview:
Al-Jazari / Librarian
James Holly ...
Courtney George ...
Ibn Al-Haytham
Abbas Ibn Firnas
Nicholas Khan ...
Tara Jafar ...
Merriam Al-Astrulabi (as Tara Jaffar)
Samantha Edmonds ...


Sir Ben takes on the role of a mysterious and cantankerous librarian who takes a group of school children on an enlightening journey to meet pioneering scientists and engineers from the history of Muslim civilization. The librarian is then revealed to be 12th century engineering genius Al-Jazari. Written by Anon

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21 January 2010 (UK)  »

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2.35 : 1
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Shot on the RED over three days in Central London. See more »


Al-Jazari: Welcome to The Dark Ages or as it should be known Golden Ages .
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Followed by 1001 Inventions and the World of Ibn Al-Haytham (2015) See more »

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Honest Western production relating to the Islamic civilization...at last
19 February 2010 | by (Palestine) – See all my reviews

Although the movie is short, 13 minutes, it is still a remarkable production - more of a documentary - that talks about the Golden Ages of the Muslims as opposed to the Dark Ages the West lived in during that Islamic Era.

In its brief duration, a librarian (Ben Kingsley) helps a Middle School group of three students in fixing their preconceived notions about what's called the Dark Ages in the West. It is actually the Golden Ages as far as the Muslims are concerned, since their civilization at that time had been filled with discoveries, inventions, developments, prosperity and other innovative accomplishments in many fields. A number of Muslim inventors, scholars and scientists such as Ibn Al-Haitham, Abbas Ibn Firnas, Abu Al-Qassim Al-Zahrawi, and others, are personified and enacted. Each presents their achievement and thus contribution to the modern world in a very interesting manner.

You finish watching this with a feel of enlightenment, appreciation and justice towards a people and a religion that have been gravely mistreated and misrepresented.

Kudos to Alan Deankins, Ben Kingsley, and whoever took part in making this.

*Highly Recommended*.

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