Top 10 things your KS2 pupils need to know, and remember, about Early Islamic civilization

1. 1000 years of extraordinary activity after AD 700

For approximately 1000 years, after AD 700, there was an extraordinary amount of activity from Baghdad to North Africa, from Spain to China

2. Developments outstripped those of anywhere else in the world

Developments there outstripped those of anywhere else in the world. There was free education, free health care, public baths, paved streets (lit at night),litter collection and sewage systems.

3. A great city

Baghdad was a great city where really important developments took place in Mathematics and Science

4. Silk road

Baghdad was on the Silk Road so was a centre for trade, and attractive because of its water supply and fertile soil

5. Circular city

Baghdad was a circular city with splendid palaces, mosques, gardens, parks, and even a hospital.

6. The house of wisdom

The House of Wisdom in Baghdad contained wonderful libraries which preserved knowledge from ancient Greek and Roman times what would otherwise have been lost. It contained the largest collection of books in the world.

7. Amazing inventors

This was a time when there were lots of amazing inventors living there, many who came from far afield to share knowledge of all things scientific including medicine.

8. Wonderful legacy

This Golden Age of Islam left a wonderful legacy of things we use today including algebra, Arabic numerals, mechanical clocks, cameras etc

9. Tolerant society

Baghdad was a tolerant society with many groups of people from around the world meeting there

10. Nothing of the old city of Baghdad remains

Nothing of the old city of Baghdad remains after it was destroyed in the 13th century but there are wonderful remains elsewhere from this time such as those in Spanish cities such as Cordoba and Granada.