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Al Hasan Ibn Al Haytham
Al Hasan Ibn Al haytham dedicated himself
to learn science and gain knowledge
He came up with many scientific theories
And he wrote books, treatises and researches
He started to shine among
other scientists in his age
His fame has reached Egypt
And so the Fatimii Caliph, "Al Hakim Biamri Allah" heard of him
*P.S: The title of the caliph is literally translated as:
"The Ruler by the commands of Allah"
I can tell from your description of him that
he's an eminent scientist, Minister
Of course he is, Your Majesty!
Moreover, he wishes to come to Egypt.
How do you know that?
Didn't I tell you that I've met him and
we engaged in a long conversation, Your Majesty?
So you are specialized in engineering, "Ibn Al Haytham"
Engineering is one the branches of science,
in which I've came up with important theories
But of course I try to research
all the fields of knowledge and sciences
Can engineering serve the public interest?
For example, architecture is based on engineering and mathematics
Astronomy and navigation, all of these are mundane matters
that critical parts of them are based on engineering
May Allah aid you, and grant you success
so that you can use your knowledge
to benefit us, Ibn Al Haitham
You told me that you are the minister
of "Al Hakim Biamri Allah", aren't you?
Yes, I didn't want to go to The Levant without meeting you
Do you know, O Minister...
If I were in Egypt, I would do something to the Nile
that would bring many benefits in all of its conditions
when its water rises and floods
and when it dries and drawdown
I'll make sure to tell the caliph about it
What is this thing that he wants to do?
He didn't tell me what he was thinking, Your Majesty
but I believe that this is a serious matter,
that's why I'm telling you about our conversation
Make a caravan set off to The Levant tomorrow
and ask them to bring "Al Hasan Ibn Al Haytham" here to Egypt
If he wishes to help us to
control the water of the Nile
that sometimes floods,
while other times dries
Let's give him a chance to do so!
"Al Hasan Ibn Al Haytham" traveled to Egypt
and when he arrived, he received a cordial
welcome by "Al Hakim Biamri Allah"
and he treated him with great generosity
Welcome to Egypt, Eminent Scientist!
Thank you for accepting my invitation!
Thank you for giving me such
an opportunity, Your Majesty
Your house is going to be here
and you'll be provided with whatever you need
from books and tools to help
you with your researches and studies
to help you to establish your project
I was told that you have a solution for the Nile river
problem, that would help us to benefit from the river
whether it floods or dries
That's true, Your Majesty
but it's just a theory
It's time to verify your theory
Here is the Nile, I chose your house
to look directly on it
so that you would start your work immediately
What are you laughing at?
Pardon me, Your Majesty
I didn't mean to offend you,
but you didn't ask me what my theory is
and whether staying here would be useful or not
Isn't your theory related to the Nile river?
That's true, Your Majesty!
My stay here would definitely benefit me for sometime
so that I can study the drawdown
and the rise in the river's water level
but I have to travel to the south to see for myself
What are you thinking about, "Ibn Al Haytham"?
Yes, an enormous dam
The people of Egypt rely on agriculture
and agriculture relies on the Nile water
but the Nile sometimes floods and submerge
the lands on its two banks
and other times it dries, and the farmers
suffer from the lack of water
If we build a dam at the south of Egypt
we'll be able to control the amount
of Nile water that reaches Egypt
When the water floods, we'll keep it behind the dam
to protect the fields and villages from drowning
and when it dries, we'll open the dam and
the water that we've collected behind it would gush
to rise the water level of the river
That's all, Your Majesty
-You aren't a scientist
You're a genius!
You'll receive all what you need, "Ibn Al Haytham"
Finish your studies, measurements and calculations here
then inform me when it would be convient
for you to travel to the south
This was one of the happiest
moments in "Ibn Al Haytham's" life
As he was close to achieving his scientific dreams
and this is how "Ibn Al Haytham" traveled to
the south of Egypt
and there, he investigated the region himself
to start the implementation of his project
-What's impossible, sir?
The project that I am intending
to implement is impossible to fulfill
Why is that?
The construction of any
structure on the Nile is indeed difficult
The space is vast and the
water would be a hindrance
Haven't you done your calculations before?
A theory is one thing,
while implementation is an entirely different thing
I'm still sure that my theory is valid
Isn't the theory valid like you're saying?
I believe so, your majesty
What's preventing you from starting the project?
It requires enormous resources
I told you that I would provide you
with everything that you need
No matter how much we try,
it will be nothing but a waste of time, Your Majesty
The river is long
Perhaps a time would come when
construction tools become more evolved
and builders would be able to establish the
dam that I have in mind
but it won't be easy to build any structure
on the river at the present time
Was it difficult to build those
pyramids thousands of years ago?
Its construction is an engineering mystery, Your Majesty
That's why it is an agricultural miracle
Don't you want to build an agricultural
miracle of your own as well?
I wish I could, Your Majesty
but I know that this attempt is going to fail
I got my hopes up as well
I got my hopes up that I would be immortalized
in the history books because of this construction
but I'll find other
methods to immortalize my name
You may leave now, Ibn Al Haytham
Shall I prepare myself to leave Egypt
and return to the Levant, Your Majesty?
No, you are staying with us here, Great Scientist
As we still need to reap the
benefit of your knowledge
Thank you, Your Majesty!
"Ibn Al Haytham" realized that the ruler's decision
of keeping him in Egypt was a punishment and not a reward
As the cliph has assigned
him to administrative work
in the ministries of the country
The scientist wasn't ready for such a job
as it took him a long time and he didn't have
the strength to continue his researches ...
...and experiments in the time that he had left
and the great scientist felt that
he has reached an impasse
as he doesn't dare to refuse the request of
the Caliph who's known for his violence
and at the same time
he can't continue doing this job
So how would he act?