Early Islamic Civilisation - FREE

Block H - Important Places

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.

Certain places are very important in the Islamic world as their history is intertwined with the religion. Explore the histories of the cities of Mecca, Medina, Jerusalem, Damascus, Karbala and Istanbul.

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: Historic cities

Introduce all the cities mentioned and prepare a timeline and map with basic information about each.

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02: City research

Explore one of the cities in more detail and produce a resource pack for it.

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03: Tourist leaflet

Share the results of their research with the class and work up a tourist map of their city, with information about events that happened there inside.