Emergence of Renaissance: Cultural Interactions between Europeans and Muslims

Download as a pdf at http://cie.org This collection of teaching resources provides an in-depth look at selected areas in which European and Muslim civilizations interacted during the period from 600 CE to 1500 CE. The materials collected here make up a complete unit of study, but their scope is larger than that of a typical supplementary…

When the Moors Ruled Europe (documentary film)

British historian Bettany Hughes hosts the full length documentary, “When the Moors Ruled Europe.” http://topdocumentaryfilms.com/when-moors-ruled-europe/ discussing how the civilization of Islamic Spain was written out of European history and discusses the true nature and surprising historical connections of the period.

The Art of the Qur’an: Treasures from the Museum of Turkish and Islamic Arts

About fifty beautiful manuscripts from Herat to Istanbul are featured in The Art of the Qur’an: Treasures from the Museum of Turkish and Islamic Arts exhibition. Celebrated for their superb calligraphy and lavish illumination, these manuscripts from the 8th to the 17th century—are critical to the history of the arts of the book. They were once the prized possessions of Ottoman sultans and the ruling elite, who donated their Qur’ans to various institutions to express their personal piety and secure political power. Each manuscript tells a unique story, which will be explored in this once-in-a-lifetime exhibition. A wonderful set of interactive teaching tools are featured–scroll down the page to find them.

Our Shared Past in the Mediterranean (lesson plan set)

Our Shared Past in the Mediterranean, a set of six teaching modules for world history and geography on cultural interactions over time in the Mediterranean region. Funded by the British Council as part of its Our Shared Past initiative. See Modules 3, 4, and 5 for lessons on religious and cultural interactions in the Mediterranean region over time, including interactions among Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, and contemporary issues from the 19th century to today.

Muslim Heritage (articles on Islam, science, technology and more)

Muslim Heritage: advanced information on a wide variety of topics is found at www.muslimheritage.com, where the articles are quite well documented, and written by academics in their fields of expertise. This is the same organization that produced the exhibition 1001 Inventions. An overview of the organization’s work is found at http://fstc.org.uk/

Muslim Contributions to Civilization

Many different peoples and cultures have contributed to world civilization, and it is important to acknowledge all of them. Contributions made by Muslims, particularly those made during the Golden Age of Islam in medieval times, have often failed to be fully recognized and acknowledged. This curriculum offers a small glimpse at some of this often-ignored history, including some of the areas where Muslims made significant contributions, including art, architecture, science, math, medicine, astronomy, chemistry, physics, navigation, geography, literature, and philosophy, among countless other fields.

MacCaulay, David. Mosque. New York: Houghton Mifflin Books, Inc., 2003.

A wonderful set of drawings that explain the construction of a mosque in Ottoman times by the famous architect Sinan. See also for comparison of sacred and secular architecture, by the same author/architect, Cathedral, Castle, City, Pyramid, and others. See also animated films of same names.