Trimester 1: The Rise of Islam & West African Trading Societies
Islam Internet Connections
Internet Islamic History Sourcebook
This site is a compilation of primary sources, articles, literature, and links on Islam and the history of Muslim
empires. With sections on the pre-Islamic world, Muhammad, faith, expansion and empire, Persians, Turks,
Ottomans, and the crusades, Islamic History Sourcebook is worth visiting when doing research on any topic
in Islamic history. Most noteworthy is the selection of primary sources and excerpts from literature.
Islam: Empire of Faith
From legendary stories to the invention of algebra, the contributions of Muslims to world civilization are
significant. Here you will find a comprehensive resource on many aspects of Islamic history, such as faith,
culture, innovation, and historical profiles. This site is well organized with text, a timeline, and educational
resources. There is even a special feature for sending an e-postcard of Islamic artwork.
The Islamic World to 1600
University of Calgary, Canada
Did you know that most Islamic cities had hospitals that were open 24 hours a day? And, in many cases,
doctors would not even charge for their services. You will learn this and more in the University of Calgary's
tutorial on the first thousand years of Islamic history. Topics include Islam's beginnings, the first dynasty,
Mongol invasions, great empires, and the arts, learning, and knowledge. There are many maps to
complement the textual information
Los Angeles County Museum of Art
Gaze upon decorative illustrated manuscripts and colorful silk weavings. Begin by selecting "Permanent
Collection" and then "Islamic Art." Visitors can read overviews of four main time periods or examine pieces
from the museum's collections. Other tools like a list of dynasties, a glossary, and a map help visitors
understand the history behind the artwork.
Lost City of Arabia
Would you like to join a real-life archaeological expedition to find a lost desert city? At this site, you can do
just that by following archaeologists as they brave the elements of the Arabian Desert and piece together
their finds. This NOVA program takes you through the many phases of the expedition to find the lost Arabian
city of Ubar. There is a section on remote sensing, an interview with an archaeologist, and a gallery of
Muhammad: Legacy of a Prophet
This site tells the story of a merchant whose influence now extends to every part of the world - Muhammad,
the prophet through whom Islam was revealed. Created to complement the PBS film, this site offers an
interesting overview of the life and times of Muhammad. Take some time to visit the virtual hajj, or read an
analysis of what Muhammad said about topics such as women or other religions.
African Cultural Center U.S.A.
Did you know that some of the world's longest rivers flow through the continent of Africa? The Nile, Niger,
Zaire, and Zambezi are four of those rivers. This information and more is available to visitors at this site,
created by a non-profit outreach and research organization. Visitors will find sections on Africa's geography,
environments, wildlife, history, and people. The text has a hyperlinked glossary of terms, and many maps
and pictures for illustration.
African Odyssey Interactive
The Kennedy Center
Created by the Kennedy Center's Education Department to provide resources for artists, teachers, and
students, this site provides a broad look into African culture. The site highlights dance, literary arts, visual
arts, music, and theater. Additionally, the "History" section contains articles and nation profiles.
Supplementary lessons are available to elementary and middle school teachers, and the information and
storytelling activities are especially helpful
Mali: Ancient Crossroads of Africa
Virginia Department of Education, Prince William County Schools
Learn about Mali's growth into a prosperous trading empire and about its most fam ous king, Mansa Musa.
There are sections on history, geography, and culture, with overviews, topical pages, and helpful tools like
maps and a timeline. Teachers will find lessons plans and other instructional resources, including links to
museums with African art collections.
At its height, Timbuktu attracted scholars from all over the Islamic world. Observers noted that profits from
the book trade surpassed those of any other business! You will be able to follow the story of this incredible
city from its origins to its current challenges with the nearby desert environment. Photos and maps highlight
instructive text. Other resources include a study guide of important names and vocabulary and a timeline
comparison of Timbuktu's history to other world events.
Timeline of Art History
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Enter the Metropolitan's site by clicking on "Special Topics," where you will find "African Art" at the top of the
page. Several topics are useful to this unit - "Western Sudan, The Empires of the" and "Trade, The Trans-
Saharan Gold" are just two of many. Each topic has an educational overview complemented with art from
the museum's collection and maps.