Block A - Introduction to an Early Islamic Civilisation
Track the development and history of an early Islamic civilisation – the great city of Baghdad. Compare and contrast these developments with Western Europe at the same time, learn about the spread of Islam through the Middle East and beyond, and examine trade and everyday life in Baghdad. Finally discover the legacy of early Islam and the continuing influences we see today.
This block looks at the early history of Islamic civilisation including Baghdad from CE 900 on a broad brush scale and compares it to what was going on in western Europe at around the same time. This block touches on the effects of religion on culture and architecture, the development and maintenance of global trade networks and the history of intellectual and philosophical thought in both areas.
Note – Hamilton Trust uses the form ‘Muhammad (pbuh)’ where he is mentioned. This follows a general convention and is seen by some as a mark of respect. It is up to individual teachers as to whether they follow this convention in written and spoken materials.
This Topic is written for Upper Key Stage 2. If you want to use this Topic for a different Key Stage, you will need to consider how to adapt the outcomes, content, delivery methods, resources and differentiation, as well as the relevant National Curriculum objectives.
Explore how Baghdad was the centre of a trade network that extended from China to Ireland, and from Scandinavia to sub-Saharan Africa. Illustrate maps with trade routes, transportation methods and goods traded.
Compare the spread of Christianity across the Middle East, Africa and Europe to the spread of Islam in overlapping areas but later centuries, and create an animation, including images of specific buildings.
Sort the achievements of western Europe and the Islamic world and use your knowledge to create a comparative timeline. Highlight where Islamic thought has influenced Europe e.g. universities, architecture, maths etc...Make a blog post, podcast or infographic to share your research.