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International Conference On Islamic Science and the Contemporary World brought together Muslim scholars from around the world
Dubai based MTE Studios, a consultancy firm specializing in themed architecture and interactive exhibitions, well known for their turnkey themed projects and world-class installations in science centres and museum galleries worldwide had a strong presence at “2nd ISTAC International Conference On Islamic Science and the Contemporary World” recently held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Prof. Dato’ Sri Dr. Syed Arabi Idid, the rector of the International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM), opened the conference with the theme “Islamic Science in Tertiary Education” which gathered Muslim scholars from around the world.
The two day symposium organized by ISTAC was a part of an ongoing series of international conferences on contributions from notable Muslim scholars from the past as well as the prevailing academics and thinkers in general with relevance to present-day Islamic civilization. The first topic was “Islamic Science and the Contemporary World with the theme, Islamic Science in Contemporary Education. Speakers from local institutions and from around the world’s leading philosophers of science, including government agencies, ministries and embassies, as well as international institutions and universities presented papers during the forum.
“The conference provided an exceptional platform to exchange meaningful ideas and exposed scholars, members and students to significant intellectual discourse. MTE Studios’ presence reiterated our commitment to enhance our research and develop a better understanding of definitive philosophies of Islamic Science and the role it has played towards increasing society’s understanding and participation in science and technology. The exposure this event has given will help us enhance the content of our ‘Sultans of Science’, global travelling exhibition, ” said Ludo Verheyen, CEO, MTE Studios.
“We received an overwhelming response at the conference as Prof. Dato’ Sri Dr. Syed Arabi Idid, the rector of the International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM) visited our stand and was impressed with our online platform which we have developed to educate visitors about the great Muslim minds and their contributions to modern civilisation, ” added Verheyen.
MTE Studios is known worldwide for their global travelling exhibition, ‘Sultans of Science’, which has been to 4 venues in 3 countries including MTN Science centre in Cape Town – South Africa, The Liberty Science Centre in New Jersey, The Ontario Science Centre in Toronto and in Houston. Our current venue is TELUS World of Science in Canada where it is currently being showcased until 7th September, 2010.
The interactive exhibition celebrates the contribution of Arab and Muslim scholars to science and technology during the first Golden Age of the Muslim World and the influence of their discoveries and inventions on contemporary society. The exhibition covers Arab and Muslim scientific endeavours in architecture, arts, astronomy, engineering, exploration, flight, mathematics, medicine and optics.
About ‘Sultans of Science’:
‘Sultans of Science’ is a global touring exhibition celebrating the contribution of Muslim Scholars in Science and Technology during the Golden Age of the Islamic World and the influence their inventions and contributions has towards modern society. Focused on increasing knowledge and understanding of these invaluable contributions, ‘Sultans of Science’ has been created as a global traveling exhibition in order to enable its message to be far reaching through science centers and museums around the world.
The content features interactive displays with information on inventions, innovations and discoveries covering a broad spectrum of science topics such as astronomy, mathematics, medicine, optics amongst others, which were ahead of its time.
About MTE Studios:
MTE Studios is a specialized consultancy firm focused on themed architecture and interactive learning experiences. The firm designs, prototypes and manufactures inspiring interactive exhibits for science centers, museums, shopping malls and corporate environments.
MTE Studios translates unique residential, commercial, educational and leisure projects into stimulating lifescapes. Its scope of services ranges from creating a storyline, concept and detail design, documentation, project management and art direction during construction. MTE’s portfolio of completed projects includes museums, shopping malls, theme parks, FEC’s and residential developments.
With offices in Dubai, UAE and Cape Town, South Africa, MTE Studios has an interdisciplinary team of over 50 specialists, including architects, art directors, artists, engineers and interactive designers from over 12 countries. Visit www.mtestudios.com for more information
Image: Prof. Dato’ Sri Dr. Syed Arabi Idid, the rector of the International Islamic University Malaysia with ISTAC representatives discussing the interactivity of the Sultans of Science platform during 2nd ISTAC International Conference On Islamic Science and the Contemporary World at the MTE stand.