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Open Sesame! Whirling Dervishes, Muslim youth choir to highlight press conference announcing premiere opening of Islamic Science Rediscovered

Press Release Date 
Tuesday, August 30, 2011
The Tech Museum will pull back the proverbial curtain on one of the world's most misunderstood civilizations Thursday, Sept.1, revealing an incredible exhibition that boldly underlines the remarkable contributions of Muslim scholars in science and technology. Islamic Science Rediscovered takes direct aim at our misconceptions and challenges us to acknowledge the scientific know-how of an Islamic Golden Age that is all too strange and unfamiliar to Western culture. The exhibition presents amazing ancient Islamic inventions brought to life by more than 40 stations with interactive and sensory exhibits and videos to recreate their stunning ingenuity. The exhibition covers the main fields of Islamic scientific endeavor including: astronomy, engineering, exploration, flight, mathematics, medicine, optics and water control. The exhibition's first and only West Coast appearance opens to the public Saturday, Sept. 3. WHO: Essayist, playwright, attorney and humorist Wajahat Ali Exhibit creator Ludo Verheyen, CEO of MTE Studios of Dubai U.A.E and Cape Town, South Africa San Jose City Councilman Sam Liccardo The Tech Museum Board Chair Ann Bowers WHAT: Watch the Whirling Dervishes of the Mevlevi Order of America take to the stage to perform the cultural frenzied, ecstatic, whirling dance or listen to the soft, melodic sounds of the youth choir - dressed in ethnic garb - from the Muslim Community Association during the media preview of Islamic Science Rediscovered. Media will have preview and tour with exhibition creator. WHERE: The main entrance of The Tech Museum, 201 S. Market St., San Jose WHEN: 11 a.m. sharp, Thursday, Sept. 1, 2011 Contact: Roqua Montez Director of Public Relations +1 (408) 795-6225 About The Tech Museum The Tech Museum is a hands-on science and technology institution designed to engage people of all ages and backgrounds in experiences that educate, inform, provoke thought, and inspire action. Ensconced in the heart of Silicon Valley, the museum captures the spirit of the region through innovative content and programs such as The Tech Challenge, our annual team design competition for youth, and the internationally renowned The Tech Awards, which recognizes technology to benefit humanity. Daily, The Tech Museum celebrates the present and encourages the development of pioneering ideas for a more promising future.