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Institute of Medieval and Post Medieval Studies
-by Basheer Ahmed
|President and Founder Of IMPMS|
During the Islamic Golden Age [750-1500] philosophers, scientists and engineers of the Islamic world contributed enormously to technology, both by preserving earlier traditions and by adding their own inventions and innovations. Scientific and intellectual achievements blossomed in the Golden age.
Much of this learning and development can be linked to geography. Even prior to Islam's presence, the city of Mecca served as a center of trade in Arabia and Muhammad was a merchant. The tradition of the pilgrimage to Mecca became a center for exchanging ideas and goods. The influence held by Muslim merchants over African-Arabian and Arabian-Asian trade routes was tremendous. As a result, Islamic civilization grew and expanded on the basis of its merchant economy, in contrast to their Christian, Indian and Chinese peers who built societies from an agricultural landholding nobility. Merchants brought goods and their faith to China (resulting in a significant population of Chinese Muslims with an estimated 37 million followers, mainly ethnic Turkic Uyghur whose territory was annexed to China), India, southeast Asia, and the kingdoms of western Africa and returned with new inventions. Merchants used their wealth to invest in textiles and plantations
Goals & Objectives
The major goal of the Institute of Medieval & Post Medieval Studies (IMPMS) is to contribute toward generating a climate of mutual understanding and respect among people, at both the academic and the general public levels.
The IMPMS will also strive to rectify the lack of study of Intercultural History between Islam and the West, by including material in the text books of Social Studies of Secondary Schools,Colleges and Universities on the relationship between Muslim Medieval scholars and their interaction with the Western civilization under such titles as Old Trade Routes.from the East to West and vice versa.On the Iberian Peninsula, and later the Crusades (1095-1291) and the Ottoman capture of the Balkans (1389), brought about a constant interrelation between the two societies -movement from the darkness of its Middle Ages to the brilliance of its Renaissance.
Further,the IMPMS will aim at establishing Courses, Departments and Centers at he Western academia to study Islamic Civilization and its Contribution Civilization.
Finally,the IMPMS will advocate, the inclusion of micro study of various aspects of Islamic Civilization, in the Western Academia from modern epistemological perspective, especially Islamic Spain and its contribution to art, architecture, agriculture, history, language, mechanics, medicine, music, philosophy, poetry, leading to modern RENAISSANCE. IMPMS will cover these disciplines in poles of knowledge and learning Near East, South Asia and elsewhere.
- We Will accomplish these goals by holding regional, national, international conferences and publish papers and monographs.
- Create Website to disseminate the information and as a learning resource center including on-going discussions on these subjects.
- To establish a library of books, manuscripts, and other learning resources of and about major Medieval and Modern Muslim scholars.
- We will also invite the current researchers and scholars in our seminars who are contributing in science, technology and other areas. They will become the source of inspiration for the young generation.
- We also plan an affiliation with national and international organizations, such as , Medieval Institute, Western Michigan University; Medieval Academy o f America; American Renaissance Society; Islamic Heritage foundation, Hyderabad, India; Institute of International Islamic Thought (U.S.A.,U.K., Germany, Pakistan, India, Malaysia, and various other institutions with common missions and goals.