Math & Science
This article by Markus Hattstein explores the history of science in Islam
Physicist Jim Al-Khalili travels through Syria, Iran, Tunisia and Spain to tell the story of the great leap in scientific knowledge that took place in the Islamic world between the 8th and 14th centuries.
In this unit, students will study science, particularly Arab science during the Golden Age of Islam. They will learn about the Arabic origin of the modern scientific method. Students will also gain knowledge about the famous House of Wisdom in Baghdad, an important center for the Arab sciences.
Through this lesson plan, students explore the role of scientists and scholars at the House of Wisdom. Designed by Lisa Marie Buoncuore as a part of the NEH Summer Institute, 2002: The Arab World and the West
Students will learn about two medieval explorers, the Venetian Marco Polo, and theMoroccan Ibn
Battuta, and how their travels affected Asian trade and migration. Students will use maps of their travels
to compare and estimate distances covered by Polo and Battuta. Developed by Cheryl Wiens and published by the Center for Middle East Studies at University of Arizona.
This lesson is designed to meet particular 5th grade math and social studies standards through a discussion of Middle Eastern currency. Students use mathematical operations to exchange currencies and then learn about Middle Eastern cultures and forms of government by looking at pictures of banknotes from different countries. Written by Lisa Adeli, University of Arizona Center for Middle Eastern Studies.
Materials needed: Currency Conversion Sheet, Math Worksheet, Math Worksheet Answer Key, Currency Powerpoint, Notes to Slides. Social Studies Group Handouts: Afghanistan, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Jordan , Morocco, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Turkey.
The ‘Science and Islam’ resource is intended to support teaching and learning about the development of science in Islam for use in middle and high school. The resources are downloadable and are ready for use in the classroom or in conjunction with a visit to the museum. Areas of the curriculum covered include History, Science, Mathematics and Art.
The resources have been created as a result of a Learning Links project funded by the South East Museums and Archives Council (SEMLAC) and in partnership with Reading School.