I've recently re-read a story by Borges called Averroes's search. The title character is a real Muslim polymath born in Cordoba (present-day Spain) in 1126.
Averroes is most famous for his translations and commentaries of Aristotle's works. Before 1150 (says Wikipedia) the few translated works of Aristotle that existed in Latin Europe were not given much credence by monastic scholars. It was through the Latin translations of Averroes's work that the legacy of Aristotle was recovered in the West.
The materials for this piece are silicone, rust, an IKEA mirror and a Quran book stand.
When I was small, we kept rabbits and my mum and aunt used to kill them by hand and hang them to let the blood drain. It sounds traumatic, but it wasn't.