A day in the Islamic Empire - Medieval Islam projects
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A day in the Islamic Empire

islamic archery
Islamic archery contest

If you're a teacher, parent, or day camp counselor thinking of spending a week or so on ancient Islam, here's some ideas other people have found useful:

You could organize the day around a human chess game, or around bicycle polo, or an archery contest if you can arrange for the equipment and some instruction. For clothing, both boys and girls wear loose, long T-shirts belted at the waist over baggy pants (like sweatpants or pajama pants). Boys wear turbans on their heads, and girls wear loosely wrapped scarves over their hair. Leather sandals, boots, or slippers are all appropriate shoes.

For food, you could serve pieces of pita bread with hummus, or with a dip made of shredded cucumbers, minced garlic, and yogurt. Dried or fresh figs and roasted almonds would also be appropriate, and sugary candy (but not chocolate). If you can do cooked food, lamb meatballs and shish-kebab are appropriate.

Islamic clothes
Islamic food.

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Bibliography and further reading about Medieval Islam:

Saladin : Noble Prince of Islam
by Diane Stanley
Price: $11.89
Reading level: Ages 4-8

Eyewitness: Islam (Eyewitness Books)
by Philip Wilkinson (2002)
Price: $11.19 Reading level: Ages 9-12
All these Eyewitness books are good!

The Rise of Islam (Biographical History)
by John Child
From $10.00 Reading level: Ages 9-12

Islamic Empire (Great Empires of the Past) by Robin Santos Doak
Reading level: Ages 9-12

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Karen Carr is Associate Professor Emerita, Department of History, Portland State University. She holds a doctorate in Classical Art and Archaeology from the University of Michigan. Follow her on Instagram or Twitter, or buy her book, Vandals to Visigoths.
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