The Islamic Golden Age of light science for today's knowledge-based Society: The Ibn Al-Haytham example

International conference, 14-15 September 2015. Venue: Room II, UNESCO Headquarters, Paris, France


 Kamal al-Din al-Farisi's Tanqih al-Manazir
Kamal al-Din al-Farisi's Tanqih al-Manazir, a revision of Ibn Al-Haytham's book of optics (708 H.E./1309 A.D.)
Adilnor Collection.

Light plays a vital role in our daily lives and is an imperative cross-cutting discipline of science in the 21st century. It has revolutionized medicine, opened up international communication via the Internet, and continues to be central to linking cultural, economic and political aspects of the global society. This international conference is devoted to science in the golden age of Islamic civilization and to the heritage of Ibn Al-Haytham, a pioneer of modern optics. It is being organized in the framework of the International Year of Light and Light-Based Technologies (2015).

Researchers, academics, science historians and policy-makers from around the world will participate in this event, which will address the legacy of Ibn Al-Haytham, the history of optics and the potential of innovative light-based technologies. The objective is to put the contribution of Arab scholars of the Middle Ages to modern science into perspective and, more broadly, to shed light on the current challenges of research in this field.

An exhibition entitled "Ibn Al-Haytham: contributions to the Islamic Golden Age of Science" will showcase copies of manuscripts of Arab scholars. It will be held in the foyer of Hall I.