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Islam is a large world religion with a complex history. In an effort to share some of that complexity, this lesson uses primary and secondary sources to show how the faith has influenced the history and style of Islamic art. Because of the complexity, I chose to address this topic in a detailed way with the awareness that it is not encompassing of all sects of Islam.
This lesson addresses various aspects of Islamic culture. The focus is on how the Islamic faith influenced art and style in Muslim culture over time, particularly with the images of people (especially Muhammad) and animals. Topics addressed include Hadith, Sunnah, Bukhari's narrations on art, Muhammad in images, and differences in Arab and non-Arab Muslim cultures.
This lesson includes a three page reading packet, a Common Core styles worksheet with a quickwrite for a final task, and a Power Point slideshow of images used in this lesson. For the teacher, I included annotated versions of each of the previously mentioned materials along with pre-filled qualitative text rubrics.