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Children's Nonfiction Middle East

The Arab World Thought of It

Inventions, Innovations, and Amazing Facts

by (author) Saima Shakil Hussain

Annick Press
Initial publish date
Feb 2013
Middle East, History of Science, History
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Feb 2013
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  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Feb 2013
    List Price

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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 9 to 12
  • Grade: 4 to 7
  • Reading age: 9 to 12


Discover the rich legacy of the peoples of the Arab world.

Ink-filled pens, mattresses, and bars of soap—these are only some of the inventions and innovations that have been passed down through the millennia from the peoples of Arab lands. Readers may be surprised to learn that they have also given us

• the scalpel
• planetariums
• three-course meals

As in the other titles in this series, The Arab World Thought of It uses stunning photos and well-researched information to provide an overview of contributions made in the fields of medicine, architecture, food, and education. Also included is a look at accomplishments in the areas of engineering, transportation, and oil production. Complete with maps, timeline, index, and a list of further reading, this book is an excellent starting point for the exploration of a thriving culture.

About the author


  • Commended, Arab American Book Award
  • Winner, Middle East Book Award

Editorial Reviews

“Continues the exemplary work that has been done in bringing cultures of the world to older readers and in providing useful and amazing information concerning inventions and innovations from that perspective.

Sal’s Fiction Addiction, 06/01/13

“Tidbits of information and crisp, engaging photographs will entice browsers.”

Kirkus Reviews, 06/15/13

“Youngsters can delve into the Arab world’s long and fascinating history.”

The Waterloo Region Record, 04/27/13

“Anyone reading The Arab World Thought of It is sure to develop a greater appreciation for the Arab culture that has its roots in the desert.”

CM Reviews, 06/13

“Filled with a wealth of information, this book is an excellent resource for teachers and students studying the Arab world.”

Canadian Children’s Book News, 04/13