- The following information may be of use. The history of Materia Islamica will be written here at some point.
Canadian786 (also known as Canadian_786, Frankie, or Farhan; 27; b. September 11th, 1991) is the founder of "Materia Islamica", the encyclopaedia of everything Islamic and Muslim. He holds a Bachelor's of Engineering in Chemical Engineering (4 years), and a Master's of Pharmacy (4 years); although he hated the former and loved the latter. His hobbies include listening to various different types of music (his personal list of favourite songs can be found here; although it sorely needs updating), and is a fervent numismatician of fine British, Canadian and American coins (his collection can be found here and here; and yes he has found that elusive Kew Garden's coin—funny story attached to that one). He is a Punjabi Pakistani by ethnicity, is Muslim (duh!), and also holds known Sikh ancestry stretching back several hundred years (with his last known Sikh ancestor having the name Baagh—or Bagh—Singh). He does not identify as a Sikh however, considering his family converted over to Islam between the 1600s and 1700s (or was it the 1800s?).
He can speak English, Urdu, Punjabi, Hindi and Classical Arabic. He used to be a fan of anime and manga until he wore himself out reading or watching all of them. And just in case anyone was wondering his favourite anime and manga was "One Piece" (1997—Present). The last series he saw was "Attack on Titan" (2009—Present), which was so filled with violence and tragedy, they may as well have called it the "Game of Thrones" (2011—2019) of anime (which incidentally he is also a fan of). The saddest thing he has ever watched was a squirrelette being rejected by the boy-squirrel(?) wizard (thing?) who followed Merlin about in the "Sword in the Stone" (1963). Oh, that really broke his heart watching that. He even cried. What, what? Real men cry (don't they?). No (er?) shame in that(?). He hasn't ever cried watching "Bambi" (1942), "Lion King" (1994) or any of the "Toy Story" (1995—2019) films though—although admittedly he was on the cusp of weeping on his first viewing of "Maharaja" (1998) when he was 7 years old (what-a-pussy-amirite?).
- Proud of his heritage, his project seeks out to inspire young minds on the positive aspects of Islamic culture, religion, economics, science and history. He is a great fan of, and drew inspiration from, Melvyn Bragg's (1939—Present) "In Our Time" (1998—Present) podcast, the "Materia Medica" (where "Materia Islamica's" name is drawn from) and Joseph Needham's (1900—1995) magnum opus, "Science and Civilisation in China" (1954—2016; and why not, the book was compiled without the aid of computer and research technology as we know now).
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