The music album is the official soundtrack for the short film "1001 Inventions and the World of Ibn Al-Haytham". Watch the film trailer
The music album composed by Sami Yusuf and released by Andante Records features the song 'Shine' and ends with a special tribute track to the late actor Omar Sharif who delivers his final lead performance in the short film.
Directed by Ahmed Salim, the partly animated film storyline is intertwined with a live-action backstory starring Omar Sharif, who guides in the quest of discovering Ibn al-Haytham's journey to understand the principles of light and optical theories.
The album supports a global Ibn al-Haytham awareness campaign launched by British organisation 1001 Inventions in partnership with UNESCO that is part of United Nations proclaimed 'International Year of Light and Light-Based Technologies' (IYL2015).
Al Hasan Ibn Al-Haytham was an 11th century polymath from Basra (in modern-day Iraq), who is often referred to as the 'father of modern optics'. He spent much of his life in Egypt, including a decade under house arrest, which was where he wrote his most celebrated work, Kitab al-Manazir (The Book of Optics).
Ibn al-Haytham broke away from ancient views about vision to experimentally demonstrate that light was a crucial, and independent, part of the visual process. He used what is now commonly referred to as a Camera Obscura to demonstrate and verify his ideas. He made significant advancements in optics, mathematics and astronomy, and helped lay the foundations of the scientific experimental method.