The roots of excellence in scholarship and academia trace back to the early days of Islam. Astronomy, Medicine, Mathematics, Physics, Horticulture, Art, Philosophy, Law, and Education are all fields that experienced extensive growth and advancement under a Golden Age of prosperity in Islam. Many roots of modern knowledge and education stem from the teachings and discoveries of Muslim scholars and philosophers.
In an effort to celebrate and motivate the continued legacy of such achievements, the MAX Inspire Series will celebrate inspirational Muslim personalities in history and the torch bearers who continue to light the way forward.
Born in the late 8th century and living primarily in Baghdad, Al-Khwarizmi was one of the most influential mathematicians of all time. His work was revolutionary and provided a new approach to mathematics shifting emphasis from geometrical to algebraic representations. He was the one who invented the notion of [...]
Fatima Al-Fihri emigrated from present-day Tunisia to Fez, Morocco with her family in the early 9th century. Fatima and her sister Mariam were well-educated and wealthy women who wanted to use their wealth for the benefit of their community. In 859 CE, Fatima established the Al-Qarawiyyin Mosque and the University [...]
Named the Sports Personality of the Century by the BBC, the Greatest Athlete of the 20th Century by Sports Illustrated and Fighter of the Year six times by Ring Magazine, Muhammad Ali (1942-2016) will always be regarded as one of the world's greatest boxers. Celebrated not only for his [...]
Muhammad ibn Zakariya al-Razi was a physician born in al-Ray near Tehran (modern day Iran) in 251 H/ 865 CE. Among his many enduring and fundamental contributions, he was the first physician to detail the symptoms and signs of smallpox and measles and was a pioneer in the use [...]
Bill Gates, Google and AT&T recognize him as a hero. His organization has revolutionized the way education is spread across borders and to the masses, free of any cost to the student. With the mission to 'provide a free, world-class education for anyone, anywhere', Khan Academy was founded by Salman [...]
Ismail al-Jazari was a famous engineer and craftsman who was a master in automata and mechanical inventions. Born in 1136 CE, Al-Jazari would go on to become the chief engineer for the Turkish Artuqid Dynasty. In his book “A Compendium on the Theory and Useful Practice of the Mechanical [...]