Math & Science


Art Archive, University Library Istanbul, Dagli Orti

Science in Islam – the forgotten brilliance

This article by Markus Hattstein explores the history of science in Islam

Science and Islam (video)

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.

Arab Contributions to Science

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.

House of Wisdom:  A Historical Role Play for High School Students

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

Measuring the Travels of Two Adventurers: Marco Polo and Ibn Battuta

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.

Middle Eastern Money

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 SheetMath WorksheetMath Worksheet Answer KeyCurrency PowerpointNotes to SlidesSocial Studies Group Handouts: AfghanistanEgyptIranIraqIsraelJordan MoroccoSaudi ArabiaSyriaTurkey.

Science and Islam Lessons

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.