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THE WONDERS WE SEEK by Saadia Faruqi


Thirty Incredible Muslims Who Helped Shape The World

by Saadia Faruqi and Aneesa Mumtaz ; illustrated by Saffa Khan

Pub Date: May 3rd, 2022
ISBN: 978-0-06-297344-3
Publisher: Quill Tree Books/HarperCollins

A look at 30 influential Muslim figures.

Short profiles and lively, colorful illustrations cover subjects from around the world and over the span of millennia, many who, despite their great significance, aren’t commonly spotlighted in texts for children. Among them are scientists and theorists who developed the foundations of much of modern medicine and philosophy: Ibn al-Haytham, an 11th-century Egyptian scientist who came up with the camera obscura, the basis for modern-day photography, while imprisoned, and al-Zahrawi, an 11th-century Arab Andalusian surgeon whose encyclopedia Kitab al Tasrif led directly and indirectly to much of how medicine is still practiced today. Other figures include feminist thinker Fatima Mernissi (1940-2015), who “explained that the oppression of Muslim women did not come from the religion of Islam, but rather from the attitudes of power-hungry men”; Olympic fencer Ibtihaj Muhammad; NBA legend Kareem Abdul-Jabar; Razia Sultan, the sole woman ruler in the Mamluk dynasty; and 14th-century explorer Ibn Battuta.

A much-needed reminder of the important contributions of Muslim thinkers, scientists, and athletes.

(glossary) (Collective biography. 8-12)