The Istanbul Jazari Museum (IJM) was founded in 2018, inspired by the magnificent contribution of the greatest engineer of The Middle Ages, one of the world’s most eminent minds. IJM, which designs activities to mobilize scientific curiosity and artistic creativity simultaneously, acts with an understanding that the best way to preserve the world cultural heritage and pass it down to future generations is how this treasure is valued. The exhibitions and training programs of the Istanbul Jazari Museum aspire to introduce and attract the attention of visitors from all walks of life and echelons to world culture heritage. In this way, the aim is to encourage visitors to get to know the world better by becoming conscious and productive individuals in the field of history, science, art and culture. The IJM believes that in Turkey, one of the main geographies in which world culture thrives, if different kinds of physical and intellectual products that have been a witness to humanity’s adventure throughout tens of thousands of years are looked at more closely in an interactive way, new ideas can be sparked to inspire the future of humanity. With its own exhibition collections along with international exhibitions, training programs and cultural activities, the IJM offers a contemporary museum atmosphere.
Istanbul Jazari Museum Workshop
The Istanbul Jazari Museum is an engineering workshop established for the reproduction of Jazari’s machines. In the design and production workshop founded under the leadership of Durmus Caliskan (1950-208), a team of engineers and experts, who specialize in the design and construction of devices especially used in the history of science and Jazari, work relentlessly. Through drawing of technical drawings of Jazari’s devices with modern methods as well as with 3-D models in a computer environment, there is an attempt to reproduce the devices in the the Kitab-ul Hiyal book equally in accordance with the measurements, materials and functions designed by Jazari.
As a software company with an important background in digitizing engineering projects, Tekhnelogos has taken responsibility for the software needs of the project and has also undertaken the majority of the financial sponsorship of the project. Initially the translation of Jazari’s work was taken on as the first social responsibility project of Tekhnelogos, and following the completion of the translations and technical analysis of the project, the company continues to support the project.
Libronet has undertaken both the internet and social media publicity in order to make the project more known in the eye of the public and also has also taken responsibility for the project’s advertising and organizing sponsorship. The company supports the advertisement of the project under its own roof of babil.com and through the books of the brand Babil. On the other hand, publishing activities related to Jazari have also been carried out by Babylon book publishing house under the roof of the Libronet.
Honorary Chairman (1950-2018)
1950 yılında Bayburt’ta doğdu. İstanbul’da makine teknik resmi ve makine mühendisliği eğitiminden sonra uzun yıllar hem özel sektörde hem kendi şirketinde makine imalatı, hesap ve konstrüksiyonu yaptı. Meslek yaşamı boyunca makinelerin tarihiyle de ilgilendi. 5 yıl boyunca özellikle Cezerî ile ilgili çalışmalarına ağırlık vererek, “Cezeri’nin Olağanüstü Makineleri“ kitabındaki teknik açıklamaları, hesapları ve teknik çizimleri hazırladı. Durmuş Çalışkan Cezeri’nin orijinal kitabındaki anlatımına tam olarak uygun şekilde yapmakta olduğu uygulama projelerine göre rekonstrüksiyon imalatı çalışmalarını yürütmüştür.
Chairman Of the Board
Dr. A. Selami Caliskan
He was born in Istanbul in 1973. After graduating from Istanbul Technical University department of Mechanical Engineering in 1995, he completed his master’s and PhD in international relations and philosophy. He has been the general manager of Tekhnelogos since 2002. In the 2000s, he started his Jazari project by establishing a team and assuming the chairmanship for the Jazari project and has ensured that Jazari is fully and correctly understood by the Turkish public.
Mehmed Ali Caliskan
Mehmed Ali Caliskan who was born in Istanbul in 1975 is currently working as CTO at Tekhnelogos, CEO at Libronet, and General Manager at Jazari Limited. After studying mechanical engineering, he completed his master’s and PhD in philosophy. As a software engineer, he developed engineering software and worked in artificial intelligence. He has a book called Coincidence: Halfway between Science and Philosophy. He has taken on the duty of general coordinator of the Jazari project.
The Extraordinary Machines of Jazari Exhibition
Automatas, humanoid robots and many other technological and scientific inventions... One of the biggest geniuses in history, the chief engineer of the Artuqid Dynasty Jazari's extraordinary machines...
World's first and only mechanical sun clock, password-locked chest which has higher cryptographic power than the Enigma Machine, the machine that brings technique with myths and legends: the elephant water clock.
All of it is in the Extraordinary Machines of Jazari Exhibition which will be in Uniq Expo until August 10, 2019!