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Ch 7: Islamic Civilizations in the Middle Ages: Middle School World History Lesson Plans

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The Islamic Civilizations in the Middle Ages chapter of this course is designed to help you plan and teach the students in your classroom about subjects such as Muslim scholars, Mohammed, the Arabian Peninsula and the spread of Islam. The video lessons, quizzes and transcripts can easily be adapted to provide your lesson plans with engaging and dynamic educational content. Make planning your course easier by using our syllabus as a guide.

Weekly Syllabus

Below is a sample breakdown of the Islamic Civilizations in the Middle Ages chapter into a 5-day school week. Based on the pace of your course, you may need to adapt the lesson plan to fit your needs.

Day Topics Key Terms and Concepts Covered
Monday The Arabian Peninsula, Mohammed, and the five pillars of the Islamic Faith The environment of the Arabian Peninsula;
The life of Mohammed;
The national laws of Allah
Tuesday People of the Book and the Spread of Islam Judaism and Christianity;
The events of the Second Caliphate
Wednesday Muslim learning and the Sunnah The art, medicine, science and literature of Islam;
The applications of Sunnah to Islamic law
Thursday Trade in Arab society The expansion of trade throughout the world
Friday Muslim Scholars Islamic advancements in philosophy, mathematics and science

9 Lessons in Chapter 7: Islamic Civilizations in the Middle Ages: Middle School World History Lesson Plans
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Mohammed and the Birth of Islam

1. Mohammed and the Birth of Islam

Out of the deserts of Arabia would come a man who would change the world. He was Mohammed, founder of the religion of Islam, and this lesson serves as a brief summary of his life and the founding of the religion of Islam.

Five Pillars of the Islamic Faith: Overview, the Quran & Sharia Law

2. Five Pillars of the Islamic Faith: Overview, the Quran & Sharia Law

The Five Pillars of Islam are the foundation of the world's second largest faith. They are characterized by a simplicity that encourages peaceful cooperation between people, which is one reason for the religion's widespread devotion. This lesson will detail each of the five and show how they relate to the daily lives of practicing Muslims.

People of the Book: Comparing Judaism, Christianity and Islam

3. People of the Book: Comparing Judaism, Christianity and Islam

The religions of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam are often seen as competing doctrines and faiths by observers and adherents. Yet, a summary investigation of their doctrines illustrates they have much in common. This lesson will examine these similarities in greater detail.

The Spread of Islam and the Progress of the Caliphates

4. The Spread of Islam and the Progress of the Caliphates

After the death of Mohammed, Islam continued to spread through Arabia, the Middle East and Africa. This lesson is an overview of Islam's progress from the faith of Mecca to a faith for all the world.

Muslim Learning: Scientific, Artistic, Medical & Literary Accomplishments

5. Muslim Learning: Scientific, Artistic, Medical & Literary Accomplishments

The Abbasid caliphate (750-1258 CE) oversaw the Golden Age of Islam. Learn about the accomplishments of Muslim scholars in art, literature, science, medicine and mathematics during this time.

The Arabian Peninsula: Geography, Climate & Ways of Life

6. The Arabian Peninsula: Geography, Climate & Ways of Life

Far from being a gigantic desert, the Arabian Peninsula is full of different climates and opportunities for intrepid societies. That said, the challenges posed by the Arabian Peninsula are different than faced elsewhere throughout the world.

The Sunnah: Influence on Islamic Beliefs & Daily Life

7. The Sunnah: Influence on Islamic Beliefs & Daily Life

The Sunnah is a collection of guidance rules for Muslims that helps them in almost every imaginable situation, from what to have to eat during holidays to how to pray. It is also very important in Islamic Law.

Trade & Merchants in Arab Society

8. Trade & Merchants in Arab Society

Merchants in the Islamic world were able to do business in an area that stretched from Morocco to Indonesia. Learn how they became wealthy on goods from gold and silk to salt and pepper.

Muslim Scholars (750-1258 CE)

9. Muslim Scholars (750-1258 CE)

While Europe was in the midst of the Dark Ages, learning actually accelerated throughout the Islamic world. This lesson details how advances from Morocco to India to ancient Greece were adopted and improved upon by Islamic scholars.

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