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Modern Muslim Inventions Muslims in the past led the way in inventions like watches, medical and navigational instruments, mechanical gadgets and the like. In the last 300 odd years these have declined, yet there are still some recent Muslim inventions or inventions in which Muslims had a hand. Here is a diverse sampling:

 

 

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Kornik Castle
Kornik Castle
Kornik castle in Kornik, Poland restored in the 18th century by Count Dzialynski is an extraordinary example of architectural sophistication and beauty combined with practical usage. What is even more astonishing is that this castle, donated to the Polish Nation in 1924, was influenced by Muslim architecture and copied the ornate arcades and architecture of the Alhambra, the Muslim palace in Spain as well as elements from Sultan Hassan Musjid in Cairo and the Taj Mahal in India.

 

 

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Guns and Gunpowder PDF Print E-mail
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Gunpowder was probably invented by the Chinese as early as 850 CE. The Chinese invention of gunpowder never went much beyond its crudest form, and it was abandoned as a military weapon shortly afterwards. It reached Japan, Islam and from the Muslims to Europe in the 13th century and the Arabs improved gunpowder for military use.


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Arabic Afrikaans
Afrikaans is a language spoken primarily in South Africa and Namibia. It evolved from the dialect of Dutch spoken by Europeans who settled in the Cape in the 17th century. So what does this language have to do with Muslims?

 

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At a time when the British empire was at its height, a young Muslim occupied a central position of influence over its sovereign, Queen Victoria. This was Hafiz Abdul Karim (1863-1909), the Munshi (teacher in Urdu). He was an Indian who was one of Queen Victoria's closest confidants despite the abhorrence of the royal circle.

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