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1001 Inventions and the Library of Secrets (2010)

Three teenagers are researching how the modern world has been impacted by the Dark Ages. They meet the Librarian who guides them through a journey of discovery about the ancient Golden Age.


Alan Deakins


Tom Fickling




Cast overview:
Ben Kingsley ... Al-Jazari / Librarian
James Holly James Holly ... Danny
Courtney George Courtney George ... Isabella
Rhiann Connor Rhiann Connor ... Luke
Stewart Scudamore ... Ibn Al-Haytham
Andrew Bridgmont ... Abbas Ibn Firnas
Nicholas Khan Nicholas Khan ... Al-Zahrawi
Tara Jafar Tara Jafar ... Merriam Al-Astrulabi (as Tara Jaffar)
Samantha Edmonds Samantha Edmonds ... Teacher


Sir Ben takes on the role of a mysterious and cantankerous librarian who takes a group of school children on an enlightening journey to meet pioneering scientists and engineers from the history of Muslim civilization. The librarian is then revealed to be 12th century engineering genius Al-Jazari. Written by Anon

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Release Date:

21 January 2010 (UK) See more »

Filming Locations:

London, England, UK

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Shot on the RED over three days in Central London. See more »


Al-Jazari: Welcome to The Dark Ages or as it should be known Golden Ages .
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Followed by 1001 Inventions and the World of Ibn Al-Haytham (2015) See more »

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Very good. .
7 July 2013 | by a_alardaSee all my reviews

It's a very short discussion about inventions in the dark ages as some people call it. A very famous names of inventors and their cool inventions. Which are still represent a great deal of our lives. . Or maybe developed hundreds of years later to become great inventions and facilitate our lives.

Scientists such as Al-Jazari, Ibn Alhaitham...etc. As it's a very short video; you can always learn more using Google. Just look for Ibn Sina, Alrazy... and other Muslim scientists or go the website 1001inventions and see what Hillary_Clinton and others say about this project.

Some people don't like the fact that most of these inventions were discovered by Muslim scientists at that age, but it's the truth as Europe where swamped with what they call dark age wars... plus Islam encourage science

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