Skip to Content

The History and Spread of Islam

6 Favorites 2 Copies (view)
Cultures +3 Age Levels Intermediate (9 to 12 years old), Middle School (12 to 15 years old)
This collection can be used by students to explore the founding, history, and spread of Islam. Includes short informational texts paired with artifacts from around the globe and some links to additional resources. Students are tasked with tracking the countries that are mentioned on a map, taking notes on how the religion spread, and how the religion may have changed as it spread to new areas and ethnic groups. There is a quiz to assess their understanding of these concepts at the end.

The guiding questions for this collection are:
1) Where was Islam founded and where did it spread?
2) How did the religion spread from place to place?
3) How were the practices and the beliefs adapted by the people of different geographic areas?

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

Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery

Semi-circular lunette from above a double window

Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery

Dancing Dervishes of Pera

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Halawiyyah mosque, mihrāb. [graphic]

Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives

Astrolabe

Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery

Dala'il al-khayrat (Guide to good deeds)

Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery

Frontals with chains

National Museum of African Art

Decorated door, Tombouctou, Mali, [negative]

Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives

early islamic

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

Bowl

Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery

Vase

Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery

Koran

Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery

A reading of the Koran at court

Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery

Babur receives a courtier

Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery

Woman's robe (munisak)

Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery

Dish

Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery

Bowl

Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery

Koranic writing board

National Museum of African Art

Tunic

National Museum of African Art

Hunter's shirt

National Museum of African Art

Amulet

National Museum of African Art

Headrest

National Museum of African Art

Muhammad Ali

National Portrait Gallery