Baghdad Early Islamic Civilisation Class Play
This class play/assembly is intended as a celebration of learning and toleration. And it is to this end that the focus is on the work of the individual scholars, working in unison in Baghdad, during this Golden Age.
Cast size: 30 - easily adaptable up or down as, besides the Narrator, the speaking parts are just numbered 1 - 29.
Duration: Around 15 minutes reading time (not including music suggestions)
Guided reading scripts also available
Music 1 Golden Years – David Bowie; or Imagine – John Lennon
(Children file in, taking places along two rows of 15, facing the audience)
Narrator: Good morning and welcome to our assembly on
Whole cast: (Together) Baghdad and Early Islamic Civilisation
(Child 1, 2 and 3 stand up with 3 banners: Golden Age, Learning and Tolerance)
Narrator: Aha! And when was this Golden Age?
Child 1: It was between the seventh and thirteen centuries. That is, around six to twelve hundred A.D.
Narrator: That’s a long time (looking towards Child 2 and 3) to be learned and tolerant!
Child 4: Oh. You’d be surprised what mankind is capable of when the conditions are right!
Narrator: (Looking at cast) Well. I think we need to find out what these ‘conditions’ were, don’t you?
(Narrator ushers Child 2 and 3 with banners Learning and Tolerance to front of ‘stage’)
After all, aren’t Learning
(Child 2 waves banner
Child 3 waves banner)
Two of the most important ingredients to a happy and stable society?
Child 4: And a happy and stable school!
Child 5: Yes, we (gesturing to cast) have all learned a huge amount about the importance of Learning and Tolerance
Child 6: Just by doing this assembly!
Narrator: How so?
Child 7: Well, we’ve learned all about this amazing civilisation that we knew nothing about before
Child 8: And we’ve learned how it actually was, and is, possible to work together for the greater good.
Narrator: Wait a minute! You’ve lost me on that last bit – the greater good?
Child 9: What we mean by ‘the greater good’ is – seeing the bigger picture.
Child 10: And that’s what education allows.
Child 11: That’s what education encourages.
Child 12: It gives opportunities for individual people to achieve their own maximum potential
Child 13: And use it to benefit the whole of mankind.
Narrator: Wow! That’s a pretty big achievement!
Child 13: Which is why we need education – which comes from the latin educere – to lead out.
Child 14: I think what we’re trying to say here is
Child 2: Learning is not just for a select few – it is a gift to be shared, with everyone
Child 3: So everyone gains! We’re all winners.
Narrator: Which is why tolerance is so important?
Child 3: Precisely. Everyone is entitled to their opinion. Every opinion is equally important.
Child 14: And it’s so important that we always remember and respect that.
Narrator: (Applauding) Absolutely. So, let’s return to that Golden Age of Islamic Civilisation and learn about them.
For complete collection of Ancient civilisations – Class plays and guided reading scripts on:
· Ancient Egypt
· Ancient China
· Ancient Greece
· Ancient Rome
· Indus Valley
· Ancient Sumer
Plus ones on:
· Baghdad: Early Islamic Civilisation
· Maya civilisation
· Benin civilisation
· The Aztecs
Also available, if you need ‘the Big Picture’:
• Ancient Civilisations Assembly – a collective assembly, covering 6 ancient civilisations, answering questions When? and Where?
• Ancient Civilisations History of Medicine Assembly
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• Assembly on Judaism
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• Peace Freedom and Harmony Class Play (which includes Different World Religions Guided Reading Scripts)
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