Sunday, September 23, 2007

Week of Sept 24 - 28; Medieval Times: the extent of the Islamic empire

Objectives, week of Sept 24 - 28.
Students will demonstrate knowledge of the map of SW Asia and the cultural force of Islam.

Life of the prophet Muhammad. Beginnings of Islam.

Islamic Empire and Golden Age.

Contemporary impact of Islam. Second hour guest speaker: Dr Marwan Kaskas, Lebanon-born nephrologist (kidney-related illnesses).

Open notes quiz on web site / class notes on Islam.

The role of Belly Dance in Middle Eastern society. Guest speaker Kathy Fontaine (see an earlier post). All classes. Parents welcome.


Medieval Times: the extent of the Islamic empire

From Spain to Pakistan, the 8th century Muslim soldiers mounted on camels and swift Arabian steeds conquered and administered an empire.

Symbols on the map are the sword-wielding warrior on camel or Arabian horse. The most significant region of their conquest was southern Europe: Espana. Muslim soldiers crossed the Strait of Gibraltar in 711 AD.

Annotated timeline of the Monotheist religions of SW Asia
* Judaism, Christianity, Islam
* Include symbols (menorah, crescent moon & star, cross & orb) and color.
* Brief notes, such as the 5 Pillars of Islam.
* Brief map of the Med - Persian Gulf region.

Indy work:
* Research and compare the planning and execution of the Erie Canal with the advent of Islam and the creation of an Islamic empire.

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