In his latest book, “The Rise and Fall of Muslim Civilization: Hope for the Future,” Dr. Basheer Ahmed offers fresh insight and perspective on Muslim history and contributions of innovative developments in Science, Technology, and Mathematics (STEM) over a period of eight centuries.
Many Muslims may be wondering, why did the dominance of Muslim scientists in every field of knowledge for almost eight centuries(7th-15th) suddenly end in decline? Why are most of the Muslim nations now educationally backward, behind in industrial and scientific development, and poor? What went wrong?
From the 12th century on, universities in the Islamic world gradually stopped teaching science and philosophy, and all scientific laboratories and observatories were destroyed. From the 15th century onward Muslims have not done any scientific work or published any book on any scientific subject. Within the pages of this book, Dr. Ahmed investigates the questions.
Rich in historical background, the reader discovers the details of the rise and fall of the great Muslim civilization during the medieval years, but this book contains more than the history and development of STEM. It provides innovative solutions to bring about hope for days ahead for the youth of the world to step back into identifying problems and developing solutions to impact some of the greatest issues and challenges facing the world today. The chapters in the second half of the book are written by scientists and educators to motivate, inspire, and mentor today’s youth to become scientists and innovators and follow in the footsteps of their forefathers. Dr. Ahmed’s intent has always been to draw the attention of the world’s youth to follow a path of creativity by taking up careers in STEM, which is emphasized in his book.