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A Turkish engineer revives the inventions of a Muslim scientist who lived 800 years ago

Istanbul (INA) – The Turkish engineer Dormus Chalishkan turned his admiration for the famous Muslim scientist Al-Jazari, who lived about 800 years ago, into a tangible work, by giving life to his inventions, in preparation for displaying them in a museum bearing his name. Chalishkan said that Badi Al-Zaman Abu Al-Ezz bin Ismail bin Al-Razzaz, known as Al-Jazari, is considered by the definitions of the current era, an extraordinary mechanical engineer, as he designed and manufactured dozens of machines that no one had ever manufactured before him. Chalishkan pointed out that Al-Jazari bore his surname, as a result of his birth in the area of ​​​​Ibn Omar Island, which is located in Turkey, adding that the famous scientist lived in Diyarbakir, and became the chief court engineer of its rulers from Bani Artaq, and at the request of Sultan Nasruddin Mahmoud, he collected his inventions in A book that combines knowledge and useful action in the manufacture of tricks. And about his story with Al-Jazari, Chalishkan said that he admired the great scientist after reading about him during his university studies, and after years during which he got to know more about Al-Jazari, and wrote his book Al-Jazari's Exceptional Instruments, which included presenting drawings of Al-Jazari's machines in a modern way, and explained them in Turkish. Chalishkan then moved to the next step, where he performed the necessary calculations on the drawings of Al-Jazari's machines, made sure that they were actually manufactured and performed their work, and then started his project in order to activate those machines. Chalishkan explained that he worked on making these machines, with the same measurements mentioned by Al-Jazari, using the same raw materials that he used, and the same old tools and methods by which he made these machines. Chalishkan pointed out that many of those who lived in the subsequent periods of Al-Jazari made innovations inspired by his machines, including the famous Italian inventor and artist Leonardo da Vinci, noting that researchers in the history of science should investigate whether Da Vinci studied Al-Jazari's writings and was inspired by his machines. Chalishkan said that he made many of Al-Jazari's inventions, including a safe with secret numbers, a door lock with secret numbers as well, and the famous water elephant clock. In turn, Muhammed Ali Chalishkan, general manager of, whose publishing house published the book Al-Jazari's Exceptional Instruments, pointed out that the book is not just a Turkish translation of Al-Jazari's book, but rather included a detailed explanation of his machines, their calculations and the way they work, adding that the translations The earlier Turkish of his works included errors in translation, as well as not properly and completely explained to his instruments. Muhammad Ali Chalishkan said that work is underway to establish the Al-Jazari Museum in Istanbul, where his innovations, which were remade by Dormus Chalishkan, will be displayed in several places in Turkey and around the world. (End) Anatolia / Zaa / r c

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