A new computer and software package has been developed in Thailand to help in Islamic education.
1. SV Operator at computer keyboard giving readouts of Koran at screen. (6 SHOTS) 0.33
2. CU Computer with cover, in traditional Koran style. 0.38
3. SV Hamid Siamwalla and technician at keyboard and displaying circuitry inside Koran-style cover. (4 SHOTS) 1.00
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A new computer and software package has been developed in Thailand to help in Islamic education. The project represents a combining of religious and microchip technology. When finished, a touch of a button will print out texts of the Koran, the sacred book of Moslems, in their original Arabic. Eventually a second button will produce an English and Thai version on the computer terminal screen. The computer is the idea of Hamid Siamwalla, a prominent Thai Moslem businessman. He sees the new computer and its software as a future teaching tool, especially for children whose first language is not Arabic. Siamwalla says that by pressing certain keys the user can bring on the screen in a moment, "everything Allah (God) revealed to the Prophet Mohammed about astronomy, the preparation of the earth for mankind, individual responsibility and the coming Day of Judgment". The first 15 working models will be produced in the next few months and are to be donated to Moslem heads of state in the Southeast Asian region. F.A. Siamwalla Ltd. will eventually produce the computers for local sales and for export to Islamic countries worldwide. Managing Director Thitti Siamwalla has said the computer set, sold to educational and Moslem institutions, will cost 1,250 US dollars, about one sixth of the current market price. Mr. Siamwalla explained that the company wanted to promote education. Business concerns will have to pay more.
Source: REUTERS - GARY BURNS