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Islamic Empires

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Table of Contents
  1. An Introduction to Islam   8. Science and Technology
       Introduction        Science, Inventions, Medicine, Mathematics
  2. History   9. The Economy, Trade, and Travel
       Rise of Islam - Umayyads - Abbasids, Golden Age - Crusades, Mongols - Mughals        The Ecomony, Trade, Travel
  3. Islamic Religious Beliefs   10. Islamic Arts and Architecture
       Overview of Islam, The Hajj, Sunni, Shiites        Arts, Calligraphy, Weaving, Architecture
  4. Islamic Calendar   11. Museums, PowerPoints, and Images
       Calendar, Holy Days        Museums, PowerPoints, Videos/Images
  5. Daily Life   12. Webquests, Fun, and Tasks
       Daily Life, Education, Recreation        WebQuests, Fun, Tasks
  6. Argiculture and Food   13. The World Of Islam
       Agriculture, Food and Water        Geography, Geology and Climate
  7. Government and Law   14. Miscellaneous Resources
       Government, Law        Doing Research, Misc., Translate, Folktales and Stories

1. An Introduction to Islam
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Islam Introduced
1. Islam: at a glance(The BBC, U.K.)
2. Islam: introduction (thinkquest.org)
3. Basic Islam (The BBC, U.K.)
4. Islam (The BBC, U.K.)
5. Muslims (Columbia Encyclopedia)
6. The Gist of Islam (muslim-canada.org)
7. Introduction to Islam: 5 minute video (youtube.com)
8. The legacy of Islam (islamcity.com)
9. Great Islamic Empires: 9 minute video - resize to improve picture quality (youtube.com)
 
 
 
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2. History
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The Rise of Islam - the Umayyads - the Abbasids
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1. Islam Chronology: timeline (David Koeller, thenagain.info)
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2. The Rise and Spread of Islam: PowerPoint presentation (East Tennesse State University, USA)
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3. Europe/North Africa 600 - 1400: PowerPoint presentation (Stewart Savard, SD71, British Columbia, Canada)
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4. The Arabs (mrdowling.com)
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5. History (The BBC, U.K.)
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6. Islam - a challenge to Christianity: 4 minute video - requires password (United Streaming)
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7. Islamic dynasties (islamicarchitecture.org)
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8. The Umayyads (historyforkids.org)
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9. The Umayyads (islamicarchitecture.org)
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10. The Umayyads (Museum With No Frontiers, Belguim)
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11. The Umayyads (islamicity.com)
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12. The rise and fall of Islamic Spain (islamicspain.tv)
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13. Islamic Spain (The BBC, U.K.)
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14. Islam in Spain (islamicity.com)
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15. Key building in Islamic Spain (islamicspain.tv)
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16. The Abbasids (encyclopedia.jrank.org)
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17. The Abbasids (historyforkids.org)
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18. The Abbasids (islamicarchitecture.org)
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19. The Abbasids (Museum With No Frontiers, Belguim)
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20. The Abbasids (islamicity.com)
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21. Baghdad - in the Golden Age (Fordham University, New York, USA)
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The Golden Age - the Crusades
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1. "The Golden Age" (islamicity.com)
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2. "The Golden Age of Islam" (Jeffery Watkins, Oswego City School District, NY, USA)
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3. Fatimids (historyforkids.org)
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4. The Fatimids (islamicarchitecture.org)
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5. The Fatimids (islamicity.com)
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6. The Fatamids (Museum With No Frontiers, Belguim)
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7. The Seljuks/Seljugs (encyclopedia.jrank.org)
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8. The Seljuks (historyforkids.org)
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9. The Seljuk Turks (islamicarchitecture.org)
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10. The Seljuk Turks (islamicity.com)
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11. The Atabegs and Ayyubids (Museum With No Frontiers, Belguim)
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12. The Mamluks/Mamelukes (encyclopedia.jrank.org)
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13. The Mamluks (historyforkids.org)
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14. The Mamluks (encarta.msn.com)
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15. The Crusades (mrdowling.com)
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16. The later Crusades (mrdowling.com)
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17. The Crusades (encarta.msn.com)
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18. Islam during the Crusades (Skip Knox, Boise State University, Idaho, USA)
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19. Crusades timeline (Skip Knox, Boise State University, Idaho, USA)
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20. The Crusaders (islamicity.com)
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21. Salah al-Din ibn Ayyub - Saladin (pbs.org)
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22. Saladin: includes video clips (templarhistory.com)
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23. Saladin - story of a hero (saudiaramcoworld.com)
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24. Portraying Saladin, a Middle Eastern Hero, in a movie: audio clip (National Public Radio, USA)
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25. Biography of Saladin (answers.com)
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Mongols - Ottomans - Safavid Empire - the Mughal Empire
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1. The Mongols and the Mamluks (islamicweb.com)
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2. History - Turks and Mongols in Iran (islamicweb.com)
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3. The Mongols (Skip Knox, Boise State University, Idaho, USA)
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4. The Mongol invasions (University of Calgary, Alberta, Canada)
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5. Impact of Mongol invasion (Metropolitan Museum, NY, USA)
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6. Ottoman Empire (encyclopedia.jrank.org)
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7. The Ottoman Empire (The BBC, U.K.)
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8. The Ottomans (historyforkids.org)
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9. The Ottomans (islamicarchitecture.org)
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10. The Ottoman Empire (University of Calgary, Alberta, Canada)
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11. The Ottomans (islamicity.com)
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12. Suleiman - leader of the Ottoman Empire: 6 minute video - requires password (United Streaming)
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13. The Safavid Empire (The BBC, U.K.)
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14. The Safavid Empire (University of Calgary, Alberta, Canada)
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15. The Safavid Empire (islamicarchitecture.org)
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16. Mughal/Mogul Empire (encyclopedia.jrank.org)
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17. The Mughal Empire (The BBC, U.K.)
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18. The Mughal Empire (University of Calgary, Alberta, Canada)
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19. The Mughal Empire (islamicarchitecture.org)
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20. The rise and fall of the Mughal Empire: video (University of Berkeley, California, USA)
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21. Battles and Wars - conflict through history (about.com)
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22. Naval warfare - through history (about.com)
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3. The Prophet Muhammad and Islamic Religious Beliefs
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An Overview of Islam
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1. Beginner's guide to Islam (The BBC, U.K.)
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2. Basic articles of faith (The BBC, U.K.)
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3. Islamic religion: PowerPoint presentation (Grafton High School, Yorktown, Virginia, USA)
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4. Islam (encarta.msn.com)
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5. Religions of the world - Islam: 28 minute video - requires password (United Streaming)
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6. Islam history and teachings: 5 minute video - requires password (United Streaming)
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7. Islamic prayer and worship (bbc.co.uk)
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8. Prayer times (islam.about.com)
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9. The life of the Prophet Muhammed (religionfacts.com)
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10. The life of the Prophet Muhammad (islamonline.net)
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11. Understanding Islam (Government of Saudi Arabia)
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12. The Qur'an or Koran (encarta.msn.com)
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13. The Holy Quran (alislam.org)
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14. Three translations of the Koran - side by side (University of Sourthern Calfornia, USA)
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15. The Hadith (encarta.msn.com)
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16. Imams (Columbia Encyclopdia)
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17. The mosque (islamicarchitecture.org)
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18. Ten misconceptions about Islam (University of Sourthern Calfornia, USA)
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19. Birth of religion: 2 minute video - resize to improve picture quality (youtube.com)
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The Hajj
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1. Mecca (religionfacts.com)
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2. The virtual Hajj (Channel 4 television, U.K.)
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3. The history of the Hajj (The BBC, U.K.)
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4. Journeys of faith (saudiaramcoworld.com)
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5. Pilgramage (discoverislamicart.org)
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Sunni
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1. Sunni - general information (mb-soft.com)
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2. Sunni (wikipedia.org)
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3. Sunni (Columbia Encyclopdia)
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4. Sunni (University of Cumbria, UK)
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Shiites
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1. Shiites - general information (mb-soft.com)
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2. Shi'a (wikipedia.org)
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3. Shiites (Columbia Encyclopdia)
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4. Sunni (University of Cumbria, UK)
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5. Origins of the Sunni/Shia split (islamfortoday.com)
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6. Sunni and Shia (The BBC, U.K.)
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7. The origins of the Shia - Sunni Split: 8 minute audio report - click on "Listen Now" (National Public Radio, USA)
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8. Islam's Sunni-Shite Split (Christian Science Monitor, USA)
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4. The Islamic Calendar and Holy Days
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The Islamic Calendar
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1. The Islamic calendar explained (webexhibits.org)
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2. Conversion of Islamic and Christian dates (University of Zurich, Switzerland)
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3. Prayer times (islam.about.com)
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Holy Days
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1. Holy days (The BBC, U.K.)
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2. Ramadan fact sheet (soundvision.com)
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3. Ramadan #1 (Colorado State University, USA)
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4. Ramadan #2 (The BBC, U.K.)
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5. Religious festivals and anniversaries: many religions covered (University of Essex, U.K.)
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6. Worlds of faith - Eid: 14 minute video - requires password (United Streaming)
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5. Daily Life
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Daily Life and Families -- needs more suggestions welcome
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1. Daily life (atschool.eduweb.co.ul)
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2. Everyday life (Museum With No Frontiers, Belguim)
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3. Families (historyforkids.org)
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4. Family (historyforkids.org)
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5. Family, marriage, and women (San Francisco Unified School District, USA)
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6. Women in Islam (George Mason University, Virginia, USA)
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7. Women (Museum With No Frontiers, Belguim)
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8. Clothing (historyforkids.org)
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9. Muslim and Middle Eastern clothing (San Francisco Unified School District, USA)
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10. Muslim women's costume and jewellery (Museum With No Frontiers, Belguim)
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11. Clothing (Oxford University Press, UK)
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Education -- needs more links suggestions welcome
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1. Learning in the Islamic world (San Francisco Unified School District, USA)
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2. Education: the role of the mosque (muslimheritage.com)
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3. Madrases and education (Museum With No Frontiers, Belguim)
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4. Centres for learning - Cario, Damascus, and Jerusalem (Museum With No Frontiers, Belguim)
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5. Madrasa building styles (archnet.org)
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Recreation
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1. Festivals and entertainment (San Francisco Unified School District, USA)
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2. Games (historyforkids.org)
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3. Language and literature (historyforkids.org)
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4. Music and dance (San Francisco Unified School District, USA)
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5. Sports, games, and recreation (San Francisco Unified School District, USA)
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6. Bath houses (San Francisco Unified School District, CA, USA)
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7. The hammam or bathhouse (Museum With No Frontiers, Belguim)
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8. Virtual hammam or bath house in Spain and images (hammamspain.com)
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9. Turkish spa or public bath house (cemberlitashamami.com.tr)
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10. Hammam building styles (archnet.org)
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6. Agriculture and Food
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Agriculture
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1. Farming methods (San Francisco Unified School District, USA)
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2. Animals in Islamic Empires (San Francisco Unified School District, USA)
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3. Agriculture in the Middle Ages (citizendium.org)
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4. Islamic influences on Western Agriculture or powerpoint (Purdue University, USA)
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5. Muslim contributions to Spaniah agriculture: pdf (webislam.com)
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6. Muslim contributions to agriculture (muslimheritage.com)
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7. Farming manuals (muslimheritage.com)
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8. Gardens (muslimheritage.com)
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9. Garden building styles (archnet.org)
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10. Farm in Cordoba, Spain (archnet.org)
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11. Irrigation and society in Medieval Valencia: e-book (University of Central Arkansas, USA)
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Food and Water
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1. Food (historyforkids.org)
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2. Food and cooking (arab.net)
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3. Food, farming, and recipes (San Francisco Unified School District, USA)
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4. Arab cuisine in Jerusalem (arab.net)
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5. Regional recipes from the modern Arab world (al-bab.com)
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6. Water (chain.to)
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7. Water in everyday life (Museum With No Frontiers, Belguim)
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8. "From water all that lives" (John Feeney, Saudi Aramco World Magazine)
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9. Examples of the sabil or public water fountain (eternalegypt.org)
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10. Hyraulic technology in Spain (islamicspain.tv)
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7. Government and Law
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Government
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1. The Muslim Khilafa (University of Southern California, USA)
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2. The Rightly-Guided Caliphs (University of Southern California, USA)
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3. The Book of Golden Meadows 940 CE (Fordham University, New York, USA)
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4. Baghdad - in the Golden Age (Fordham University, New York, USA)
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5. Islamic government (islamfortoday.com)
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6. The Sunni theory of government (al-islam.org)
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7. The Islamic system of government: 77 page pdf (islamonline.net)
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8. Purpose of an Islamic State (islamonline.net)
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9. Comparisons: Islam and Christianity (muslim-canada.org)
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10. Religion and politics (islamonline.net)
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Law
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1. Islamic law - the Sharia (The BBC, U.K.)
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2. Sharia: religious law (Columbia Encyclopedia)
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3. Sahari'ah and figh (University of Southern California, USA)
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4. Sharia law - a brief introduction (religioustolerance.org)
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5. Sharia or shariah (wikipedia.org)
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6. Law and Government (J. Schacht - Fordham University, New York, USA)
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8. Science, Inventions, Medicine and Math
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Science
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1. Arab-Islamic contributions to science (al-bab.com)
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2. Muslim scientists and scholars (ummah.org.uk)
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3. Islam, knowledge and science (University of Southern California, USA)
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4. Muslim scholars and thinkers through the 14th Century (Princeton University, New Jersey, USA)
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5. Al-Biruni (University of Calgary, Alberta, Canada)
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6. How Islamic inventors changed the world (Independant Newspaper, U.K.)
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7. Science and knowledge (Museum with no Frontiers, Brussels)
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8. Al-Jazari and his mechanical devices (muslimheritage.com)
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9. Islamic chemical technology (New York University, USA)
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10. The book of Al-Jazari: flash book - click top left to change pages (ebuliz.com)
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11. The Arabs and astronomy: pdf file (outreachworld.org)
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12. Muslim heritage: 7 minute video - resize to improve picture quality (youtube.com)
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Inventions
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1. Sultans of Science (sultans-of-science.com)
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2. Islam and knowledge (University of Calgary, Canada)
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3. Agricultural machines (muslimheritage.com)
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4. Wind power (muslimheritage.com)
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5. Al-Jazari: mechanical genius (muslimheritage.com)
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6. War, warfare, and weapons (San Francisco Unified School District, USA)
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Medicine
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1. The oath of a Muslim physician (islam-usa.com)
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2. Medieval medicine, health and hygiene: resize page to fit border illustrations (San Francisco Unified School District, USA)
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3. Diseases of the Middle Ages: resize page to fit border illustrations (San Francisco Unified School District, USA)
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4. Medicine (University of Calgary, Alberta, Canada)
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5. Islamic medicine: 6 minute video - resize to improve picture quality (youtube.com)
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6. Al-Razi - the clinician (National Library of Medicine, USA)
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7. Organizing medical thought - the great systematizers (National Library of Medicine, USA)
   
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8. Ibn Sina (University of Calgary, Alberta, Canada)
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9. Ibn Sina - doctor of doctors (ummah.net)
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10. Ibn Sina or Avicenna (University of Alabama, USA)
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11. Islamic medicine: scroll to bottom of page (islamset.com)
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12. The Physician in Medieval Islam: e-book (Sami Hamarneh, Smithsonian Institution, USA)
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13. Muslim hospitals: resize page to fit border illustrations (San Francisco Unified School District, USA)
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14. Islamic culture and the medical arts - hospitals (National Library of Medicine, USA)
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15. Hospitals in Islamic history (islamonline.net)
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16. Bimaristan or hospital (wikipedia.org)
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17. Hospital building styles (archnet.org)
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18. Pharmacies and medicines: resize page to fit border illustrations (San Francisco Unified School District, USA)
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19. Rhazes and pharmacy (Michael A. Flannery, University of Alabama, USA)
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20. Islamic culture and the medical arts - pharmaceutics and alchemy (National Library of Medicine, USA)
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20. Islamic medicine (islamset.com)
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Mathematics
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1. Science and mathematics (San Francisco Unified School District, USA)
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2. Measurement, mathematics and geometry (University of Oxford, U.K.)
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3. Mathematical advancements (San Francisco Unified School District, USA)
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4. The Muslim founders of Mathematics (muslimheritage.com)
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5. Arabic and Islamic mathematics (University of St. Andrews, Scotland, U.K.)
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6. Trigonometry in the Golden Age of Islam: 4 minute video - requires password (United Streaming)
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7. Spherical trigonometry: 4 minute video - requires password (United Streaming)
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8. Al-Khowarizmi (University of Calgary, Alberta, Canada)
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9. Al-Khwarizmi (University of St. Andrews, Scotland, U.K.)
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10. The father of algebra: 7 minute video - requires password (United Streaming)
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11. Mathematics and algebra (University of Southern California, USA)
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12. Arabic mathematics - forgotten brilliance? (J.J. O'Connor and E.F. Robertson, University of St. Andrews, Scotland, U.K.)
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9. The Economy, Trade, and Travel
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The Economy -- needs more suggestions welcome
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1. Medieval Islamic economy (historyforkids.org)
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2. The suq: 4000 years of trade (saudiaramco.com)
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Trade
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1. The Indian Ocean and global trade (Saudi Aramco World Magazine)
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2. Timeline - the Indian Ocean and global trade (Saudi Aramco World Magazine)
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3. Trade between Arabia, Rome and Asia (Metropolitan Museum, NY, USA)
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4. Traveling the Silk Road (Saudi Aramco World Magazine)
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5. The Great Silk Road: 3 minute video - requires password (United Streaming)
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6. Trade routes across North Africa (mrdowling.com)
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7. Modern-day trek across the Sahara desert (National Public Radio, USA)
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8. The story of Africa - coastal trade (The BBC, U.K.)
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9. The Ancient maritime sea route (nabataea.net)
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10. Exploring the world - the Age of Exploration begins: 11 minute video - requires password (United Streaming)
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11. Who were the ancient Arab sea traders? (nabataea.net)
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12. Nabataean trade items (nabataea.net)
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13. Ancient sailing and navigation (nabataea.net)
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14. The history of spice (American Spice Trade Association, USA)
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15. History of the spice trade (celtnet.org.uk)
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16. The history of spices (mccormick.com)
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17. Spices and history: text or as a powerpoint presentation (Purdue University, USA)
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18. Coffee (National Geographic Magazine, USA)
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19. Coffee, qahwah, kahve (University of Pennsylvania, USA)
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20. Beginning of the paper industry (muslimheritage.com)
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Travel
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1. Muslim travelers and mapmakers (San Francisco Unified School District, USA)
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2. The explorer - Marco Polo (Saudi Aramco World Magazine)
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3. The traveler - Ibn Battuta (Saudi Aramco World Magazine)
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4. The admiral - Zheng He (Saudi Aramco World Magazine)
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5. The navigator - Ahmed Ibn Majid (Saudi Aramco World Magazine)
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6. Trade with the Vikings 950 CE (Judith Gabriel, Saudi Aramco World Magazine)
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7. Traveling to Jerusalem c. 1050 CE (Colorado State University, USA)
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8. The travels of Ibn Battuta (San Francisco Unified School District, USA)
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9. Ibn Battuta - the great traveler (ummah.net)
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10. Ibn Battuta - The Journeys (saudiaramco.com)
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11. Ibn Battuta - traveler from Tangier (saudiaramco.com)
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12. Ibn Battuta - travels in Asia and Africa 1325 -1354 (Fordham University, New York, USA)
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13. Ibn Batuta and Muslim geography (Andrew Morgensen, Valpariso University, Indiana, USA)
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14. Maps of the Muslim World (University of Pennsylvania, USA)
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15. Map of Africa: modern (University of Texas, USA)
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16. Travel on land (San Francisco Unified School District, California, USA)
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17. A crossroad of caravans: 6 short video clips (Ministry of Tourism, Syria)
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18. Caravan (bartelby.org)
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19. The A-Z of camels (arab.net)
reads at grade level
20. Dromedary camels (University of Michigan, USA)
reads at grade levelreading is more difficult
21. Camels - pictures and facts (University of Michigan, USA)
easiest to read
21. Camels: 13 minute video - requires password (United Streaming)
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reads at grade levelreading is more difficult
22. Caravanserai - ancient hotels (San Francisco Unified School District, California, USA)
reads at grade levelreading is more difficult
23. The caravanserai (islamicart.com)
reads at grade level
24. Sultanhani caravan series: PowerPoint (Susan Daly, Arcadia HS, Rochester, NY, USA)
reads at grade levelreading is more difficult
25. Caravanserai - ancient Iranian hotels (PressTV, Iran)
reads at grade levelreading is more difficult
26. Caravanserai - hostels of the great trading routes (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA)
reading is more difficult
27. Caravanserai (wikipedia.org)
reads at grade levelreading is more difficult
28. Caravanserai building styles (archnet.org)
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reads at grade level
29. Travel by sea (San Francisco Unified School District, California, USA)
reads at grade level
30. Ancient sailing and navigation (nabataea.net)
reads at grade levelreading is more difficult
31. Bridge building styles (archnet.org)
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10. Islamic Arts and Architecture
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Art
reads at grade level
1. Introduction to Islamic art (The BBC, U.K.)
reads at grade level
2. A city adorned (saudiaramcoworld.com)
reading is more difficult
3. The formation of Islamic art (Museum with no frontiers, Belguim)
reading is more difficult
4. Muslim art and ornaments (muslimheritage.com)
reading is more difficult
5. Islamic art#1 (islamicarchitecture.org)
reading is more difficult
6. Islamic art#2 (Los Angeles County Museum of Art, USA)
reads at grade level
7. Islamic geometric art (blss.portsmouth.sch.uk)
reading is more difficult
8. Decoration in Islamic architecture (islamicart.com)
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Calligraphy
reads at grade levelreading is more difficult
1. Origins of Arabic calligraphy (The BBC, U.K.)
reads at grade levelreading is more difficult
2. Calligraphy (University of Calgary, Alberta, Canada)
reads at grade levelreading is more difficult
3. Arabic calligraphy - styles (islamicart.com)
reads at grade levelreading is more difficult
4. The art of Arabic calligraphy (Mamoun Sakkal, sakkal.com)
reading is more difficult
5. Calligraphy (islamicspain.tv)
reads at grade levelreading is more difficult
6. Creating a medical work with calligraphy: contain 15 video clips (National Library of Medicine, USA)
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Weaving
reads at grade levelreading is more difficult
1. Carpet weaving (University of Calgary, Alberta, Canada)
reading is more difficult
2. Oriental rugs (islamicart.com)
reads at grade levelreading is more difficult
3. Weaving and knotting (islamicart.com)
reads at grade levelreading is more difficult
4. The world of Beduin weaving (beduinweaving.com)
reading is more difficult
5. Carpet weaving - nomadic origins (nazmiyalantiquerugs.com)
reading is more difficult
6. The world of Bedouin women's weaving (jordanjubilee.com)
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Architecture
reads at grade levelreading is more difficult
1. Introduction to Islamic architecture (islamicarchitecture.org)
reads at grade level
2. Islamic architecture: examples (islamicarchitecture.org)
reads at grade levelreading is more difficult
3. Architecture (University of Calgary, Alberta, Canada)
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reads at grade level
4. History of the mosque (islamicarchitecture.org)
reading is more difficult
5. Examples of mosques: see examples on right side of page (islamicarchitecture.org)
reads at grade levelreading is more difficult
6. Jewels of Architecture: five short video clips (pbs.org)
reads at grade levelreading is more difficult
7. Mosque building styles (archnet.org)
reading is more difficult
8. Minaret types (islamicarchitecture.org)
reads at grade level
9. Dome of the Rock (islamicarchitecture.org)
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reads at grade level
10. The Taj Mahal: virtual tour (taj-mahal.net)
reading is more difficult
11. The Taj Mahal (muslimheritage.com)
reads at grade levelreading is more difficult
12. The Taj Mahal (islamicart.com)
reading is more difficult
13. Taj Mahal - heaven on Earth: 25 minute video - requires password (United Streaming)
reads at grade levelreading is more difficult
14. The Sultan Ahmet, or Blue Mosque (jellesen.dk)
reads at grade levelreading is more difficult
15. The Alhambra: virtual tour (Saudi Aramco World Magazine)
reads at grade levelreading is more difficult
16. The Suleymaniye Mosque: virtual tour (Saudi Aramco World Magazine)
reads at grade levelreading is more difficult
17. Islamic mosques in Egypt (touregypt.net)
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reads at grade levelreading is more difficult
18. Abbasid building styles (archnet.org)
reads at grade levelreading is more difficult
19. Byzantine building styles (archnet.org)
reads at grade levelreading is more difficult
20. Mughal building styles (archnet.org)
reads at grade levelreading is more difficult
21. Ottoman building styles (archnet.org)
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22. Umayyad building styles (archnet.org)
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11. Museums, PowerPoints, Videos and Images, and Podcasts
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Museums
reads at grade level
1. The British Museum
reads at grade level
2. The Taj Mahal: virtual tour (taj-mahal.net)
reads at grade level
3. United Arab Emirates Virtual Museum
reads at grade level
4. The Iraq Museum
reading is more difficult
5. MWNF - Museum with no Frontiers (Museum With No Frontiers, Belguim)
reading is more difficult
6. Pella Museum of Paleontology and Geology of Jordan (arabianwildlife.com)
reading is more difficult
7. National Museum of Beirut (Government of Lebanon)
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PowerPoints -- needs more links suggestions welcome
reads at grade levelreading is more difficult
1. Islam: PowerPoint (Susan M. Pojer, Horace Greeley HS, Chappaqua, NY, USA)
reads at grade levelreading is more difficult
2. The Early Ottoman Empire: PowerPoint (Susan M. Pojer, Horace Greeley HS, Chappaqua, NY, USA)
reads at grade level
3. Sultanhani caravan series: PowerPoint (Susan Daly, Arcadia HS, Rochester, NY, USA)
reading is more difficult
4. Islam: history, values and culture PowerPoint (Shawqi Kassis, adc.org)
reading is more difficult
5. Islam and the arts PowerPoint (Abid Hussain, Arts Council England)
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6. Free Islamic art PowerPoint templates PowerPoint (indezine.com)
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Videos and Images
reads at grade levelreading is more difficult
1. Islamic "Call to Prayer": 8 minute video - resize to improve picture quality (youtube.com)
reads at grade level
2. Video clips from the Rise and Fall of Islamic Spain (islamicspain.tv)
reads at grade level
3. Muslim heritage videos: 11 short videos on different topics (muslimheritage.com)
reads at grade levelreading is more difficult
4. The Hajj - Islam's journey of faith: 6 short videos and other resources (cnn.com)
reads at grade level
5. Saladin - the animated series trailer: 6 minute video - resize to improve picture quality (video.google.com)
reads at grade levelreading is more difficult
6. Science in Islamic history: 7 minute video - resize to improve picture quality (youtube.com)
reads at grade levelreading is more difficult
7. United Nations - World Heritage List: short videos linked to most sites (UNESCO, United Nations)
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reads at grade levelreading is more difficult
8. Jewels of Architecture: five short video clips (pbs.org)
reads at grade level
9. Ancient Islamic Architecture 10 minute video (truveo.com)
reads at grade level
10. Key building in Islamic Spain (islamicspain.tv)
reads at grade levelreading is more difficult
11. Muslim photo gallery (muslimphotos.net)
reads at grade levelreading is more difficult
12. Mosque photo galleries (sacred-destinations.com)
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Podcasts -- needs more links suggestions welcome
reads at grade level
1. The coming of Islam to Africa audio link (The BBC, UK)
reads at grade level
2. The Berbers of North Africa audio link (The BBC, UK)
reading is more difficultreading is more difficult
3. Medieval Islamic medicine 7 podcasts (University of Warwick, UK)
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12. Webquests, Fun, Tasks
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WebQuests
easiest to read
1. A look at different religions of the world (thinkquest.org)
reads at grade level
2. Lessons from the world's major religions (Cape Lazo Middle School, Comox BC)
reads at grade level
3. The study of Islam (mhlearningnetwork.com)
reads at grade levelreading is more difficult
4. Understanding Islam (The University of Texas at Austin, USA)
reads at grade levelreading is more difficult
5. Exploring Islamic design
reads at grade levelreading is more difficult
6. Islamic scientific contributions to civilization (San Bernardino County, California, USA)
reads at grade levelreading is more difficult
7. Europe and Islam: Charlemagne's World (University of Richmond, Virginia, USA)
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Fun -- needs more links suggestions welcome
easiest to readreads at grade level
1. Islamic word search (islamicplayground.com)
reads at grade level
2. Islamic word scramble (islamicplayground.com)
reads at grade level
3. Memory game (islamicplayground.com)
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Tasks -- needs more links suggestions welcome
easiest to readreads at grade level
1. Types of texts - persuasive, informative, instructive, and descriptive (BBC, UK)
reading is more difficult
2. Learn with the Museum with no frontiers (discoverislamicart.org)
reads at grade levelreading is more difficult
3. Global studies review page (Susan M. Pojer, Horace Greeley HS, Chappaqua, NY, USA)
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13. Geography and Geology and Climate
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Geography
reads at grade level
1. Europe/North Africa 600 -1400: PowerPoint presentation (Stewart Savard, SD71, British Columbia, Canada)
reads at grade level
1. Map showing the early expansion of Islam (The BBC, U.K.)
reads at grade level
2. Europe and North Africa in the year 700 (euraatlas.com)
reads at grade level
3. Europe and North Africa in the year 800 (euraatlas.com)
reads at grade level
4. Europe and North Africa in the year 900 (euraatlas.com)
reads at grade level
5. Europe and North Africa in the year 1000 (euraatlas.com)
reads at grade level
6. Europe and North Africa in the year 1100 (euraatlas.com)
reads at grade level
7. Europe and North Africa in the year 1200 (euraatlas.com)
reads at grade level
8. Europe and North Africa in the year 1300 (euraatlas.com)
reads at grade level
9. Europe and North Africa in the year 1400 (euraatlas.com)
reads at grade levelreading is more difficult
10. Maps for Islam (Paul Flescher, University of Wyoming, USA)
reads at grade levelreading is more difficult
11. Al-Idrisi and Roger's book (Francis Carney Gies, Saudi Aramco World Magazine)
reads at grade levelreading is more difficult
12. Baghdad under the Abbasids c. 1000 CE (Fordham University, New York, USA)
reads at grade levelreading is more difficult
13. The rise and fall of Baghdad: Apple QuickTime movie (University of Berkeley, California, USA)
reads at grade levelreading is more difficult
14. Outline maps (Houghton Mifflin)
reads at grade levelreading is more difficult
15. Modern maps (lonelyplanet.com)
reads at grade level
16. Geoarcheology of the Sahara (University of East Anglia, U.K.)
reads at grade levelreading is more difficult
17. The astrolabe - a users guide (saudiaramcoworld.com)
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Geology and Climate
reads at grade level
1. Medieval Islam - environment (historyforkids.org)
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2. Pella Museum of Paleontology and Geology of Jordan (arabianwildlife.com)

reading is more difficult
3. Middle East techtonic plates (Cornell University, New York, USA)
reading is more difficultreading is more difficult
4. Tethyan plate tectonic evolution (University of Lausanne, Switzerland)
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5. Climate (meteorologyclimate.com)
reads at grade level
6. Middle East- modern climate information (climate-zone.com)
reading is more difficult
7. Overview of climate history (NOAA, USA)
reads at grade level
8. Arabian wildlife (arabianwildlife.com)
reading is more difficult
9. Middle East water resources: Jordan and Israel (exact-me.org)
reading is more difficult
10. Water (Museum With No Frontiers, Belguim)
reads at grade levelreading is more difficult
11. The art and science of water (Richard Covington, Saudi Aramco World Magazine)
reads at grade levelreading is more difficult
11. Cisterns, - viaducts - and- wells (archnet.org)
reads at grade levelreading is more difficult
12. Wind and weather - dust storms (NASA, USA)
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14. Miscellaneous
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Doing Research
reads at grade level
1. How to do research: the CMS approach see left side of page (Avi Luxenburg, Comox Valley School District, BC, Canada)
reads at grade level
2. The Research Process (Oregon School Library Information System, USA)
reads at grade level
3. Why should we study history? (schoolhistory.co, U.K.)
reads at grade level
4. Primary vs. secondary sources (Bowling Green State University, Ohio, USA)
reads at grade level
5. A student's guide to the study of history (historyguide.org)
reads at grade levelreading is more difficult
6. How to do history (bbc.co.uk)
reads at grade levelreading is more difficult
7. Archaeology - excavations and techniques (bbc.co.uk)
reads at grade levelreading is more difficult
8. Learn about the impact of conquests (bbc.co.uk)
reads at grade levelreading is more difficult
9. Family histories (bbc.co.uk)
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10. Sentences (actden.com)
reads at grade level
11. Writing paragraphs (actden.com)
reads at grade level
12. Writing essays (actden.com)
reads at grade level
13. Guide to writing a basic essay (Kathy Livingston)
reads at grade level
14. Turning Microsoft Word into a talking word processor (Paul Hamilton, SETBC)
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Translate . Traduisez . Traduzca . 翻译.ترجم
1. Babel Fish translation (altavista.com)
2. Google Translate (google.com)
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Misc.
reads at grade level
1. Islam glossary (The BBC, U.K.)
reads at grade level
2. Islam glossary #2 (al-bab.com)
reads at grade level
3. An explanation of Arab names (arab.net)
reads at grade level
4. Rise and fall of civilizations (The BBC, U.K.)
reads at grade level
5. Saudi Aramco World magazine index: like National Geographic magazine
reads at grade level
6. National Geographic index: type Islam ng in "Find This:" box
reads at grade levelreading is more difficult
7. Across the Centuries textbook (Houghton Mifflin)
reading is more difficult
8. Glossary of Islamic Terms and Concepts (University of Sourthern Calfornia, USA)
easiest to read
9. Bibliography for Medieval Islam (Rizwi Faizer, McGill University, Quebec, Canada)
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Literature
reading is more difficult
1. Arabic literature (wikipedia.org)
reads at grade levelreading is more difficult
2. Pre-Islamic literature (al-bab.com)
reading is more difficult
3. Arabic poetry (wikipedia.org)
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Folktales and stories
reads at grade level
1. Storytellers glossary (talesandlegends.net)
reading is more difficult
2. The Arabian Nights Entertainment free e-book (Project Gutenberg)
easiest to readreads at grade level
3.Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves (Andrew Lang, University of Pittsburg, Pennsylvania, USA)
easiest to read
4.Sinbad (The BBC, UK)
reads at grade levelreading is more difficult
5.The seven voyages of Sind bad the Sailor (sacred-texts.com)
reads at grade levelreading is more difficult
6.The first voyage of Sinbad the Sailor (wollamshram.ca)
reads at grade levelreading is more difficult
7. Harun Al-Rashid, Caliph of Bagdad - Gabriel Audisi: historical fiction (The Baldwin Project)
reads at grade levelreading is more difficult
8. The lance of kanana - Harry W. French: historical fiction (The Baldwin Project)
reading is more difficult
9. Personal narrative of a pilgrimage to Al-Madinah and Mecca - by Sir Richard Burton 1852 vol 1 and volume 2 free e-books (Project Gutenberg)
reads at grade level
10. Best know folktales from the Arab World 22 short folktales (talesandlegends.net)
reads at grade level
11. Tales from Turkey - Nasreddin Hodja 23 short tales (D.L. Ashliman, University of Pittsburg, USA)
reads at grade level
12. Famous stories of Nasreddin Hodja (sivrihisar.net)
reads at grade levelreading is more difficult
13. Old Turkish Tales - The Queen of Night (Fordham University, New York, USA)
reads at grade level
14. Reader's Theatre story #1 and #2 and #3 and #4 (aaronshep.com)
reading is more difficult
15. The Epic of Kings - Hero tales of Ancient Persia by Firdausi 934-1020 CE (University of Adelaide e-library, Australia)
reading is more difficult
16. The Gulistan of Sa'di 1184-1283 CE (University of Adelaide e-library, Australia)
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reads at grade levelreading is more difficult
17. Achieve of the Turkish Oral Narrative in e-book and audio formats (Texas Tech University, USA)
reading is more difficultreading is more difficult
18. Persian and Arabian Literature and Tests in e-book format (digitalbookindex.com)
reading is more difficultreading is more difficult
19. Library of Iberian Resources Online 64 full text e-books (University of Central Arkansas, USA)
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Poetry
reads at grade levelreading is more difficult
1. Omar Khayyam (University of Calgary, Alberta, Canada)
reading is more difficult
2. The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam free e-book (Project Gutenberg)
reading is more difficult
3. Arabic poetry (Princeton University, USA)
reading is more difficultreading is more difficult
4. Arabian poets (Paul Halsall - editor, Fordham University, New York, USA)
reads at grade levelreading is more difficult
4. Jalal-ad-Din Rumi - The Fairest Land c. 1250 CE (Fordham University, New York, USA)
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