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Cultural Series: Five Pillars of Islam

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Cultures +4 Age Levels Elementary (9 to 12 years old), Middle School (13 to 15 years old), High School (16 to 18 years old)

What can we learn about people from their cultural artifacts? The Five Pillars of Islam are unifying principles of the faith by which all Muslims abide. They are: Profession of Faith (Shahada), Prayer (Salat), Alms (Zakat), Fasting (Sawm), and Pilgrimage to Mecca (The Hajj). Look through the collection. What's going on? Identify an artifact that represents a pillar. What do you see that makes you say that? Explain what pillar you think it represents, and explain why. Bonus activity: Complete the sorting activity. What did you know about the Five Pillars before you began the activity? Did you learn anything new? What do you think now about observing the Five Pillars?

Tags: Islam, Muslim, religion, Muhammad, object analysis, practice, pilgrimage, hajj, fasting, Ramadan, Shahada, zakat, tithe, salat, prayer, cultural literacy

The original collection and idea was created by Kate Harris, SCLDA.

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Calligraphy with Box and Glasses

Smithsonian American Art Museum

What Makes You Say That?: Project Zero Visible Thinking Routine

SI Center for Learning and Digital Access

Tile in the shape of a mihrab

Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery

View in Mecca: the Ka'ba and the Great Mosque, from the north

Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery

Ghiordes Prayer Rug

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

Nature Morte, from the series, Desert of Pharan

Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery

Coin issued by Nadir Shah (reigned 1736-1747)

Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery

Charity

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Textile

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

34c Eid Mubarak single

National Postal Museum

Alms bowl

Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery

Embroidery

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

Minaret at Mocha, Yemen, 1996

Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery

Raymond A. Hare Photographs, 1930s - 1960s [graphic]

Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives

Coin issued by Muhammad Bin Tughluq, (Indian, reigned 1325-1351)

Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery

Mecca

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Islam

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Koran case

National Museum of African Art

Gallery Guide: Arts of the Islamic World

SI Center for Learning and Digital Access