Early Islamic Civilisation

Block G - History of the Islamic Religion

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 history of important aspects of Islam, such as the Quran and hadiths, hajj, the observance of Ramadan and the festival of Eid al-Fitr.

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.

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01: The Quran

Find out about the history of the Quran, look at ancient copies of the book and hear it recited. Find out about the history of hadiths. Learn how to write in early Arabic script using an ancient style pen and ink.

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02: The Kabaah and the Hajj

Examine the history of the Kabaah and the hajj - the annual pilgrimage to Mecca in Saudi Arabia. Make a model of the Kaaba.

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03: Eid al-Adha

An important festival in the Islamic calendar is Eid al-Adha. Find out about its long history. Discuss ideas of sacrifice and charity and how they have been used in other religions.

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04: Ramadan and Eid al-Fitr

Find out about the history of Ramadan, the period of fasting in the Islamic calendar, and the festival at the end of Ramadan known as Eid al-Fitr. Make some traditional Eid food.