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When the darkness of the Middle Ages covered the European continent, astronomers from the Muslim kingdoms searched the skies from observatories in Samarkand, Baghdad, Damascus, Cairo and Cordoba, while Muslim philosophers, mathematicians, geographers and alchemists were constantly working to maintain and expand the knowledge they had inherited from ancient civilizations.

Through these devoted scientists, the knowledge inherited by the Islamic world was transferred back to Europe and sparked the scientific revolution of the 16th and 17th centuries.

Although, still today the North-Atlantic educational system neglects to acknowledge the contribution of Islam to the cultural, scientific and artistic rise of the modern world and a dominant narrative posits the West as the only heir to the classical tradition.

MOHA aims at furthering the study of the cultural and scientific history of the Islamic civilization and its undeniable contribution to the formation of the modern World.

– MOHA is a civic, non-profit, non-governmental organization, recognized by the Greek State as a Research Center, in the sense of Article 179(2) TFEU, by Article 3(2) of Law No.4310/2014 (GG 258/8-12-2014).


Islamic Gardens and their Heavenly Symbolism

“There is a certain divergence between the popular image of Islam, as the religion that emanated from the desert and carried its...

Lighthouse of Alexandria in the sources from Islamic Civilisation

The Lighthouse of Alexandria is one of the classic “Seven Wonders of the Ancient World”. It was still a great tourist attraction...

Twice a stranger: How mass expulsion forged modern Greece and Turkey (Granta Books, London 2006)

Bruce Clark, Twice a stranger: How mass expulsion forged modern Greece and Turkey (Granta Books, London 2006) My old friend Bruce Clark...

Mega Cities on the Silk Road

Throughout history, trade routes played a central role in the transfer of goods and exchange of ideas between different parts of the...

The House of Wisdom

The heyday of Baghdad was 1,200 years ago when it was the thriving capital of the Muslim civilisation. For about 500 years...

Literacy in a digital world

This year, International Literacy Day (8 September) will be celebrated across the world under the theme of ‘Literacy in a digital world’....

World Wide Web

World of Ibn Al Haytham

"If learning the truth is the Scientist’s
goal, then he must make himself the enemy
of all that he read."

Al Hasan Ibn al Haytham
965 – 1040

The complex geometry of 
Islamic design

In Islamic culture, geometric design is
everywhere: you can find it in mosques,
madrasas, palaces, and private homes.

Eric Broug,
TED-Ed animation

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