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WC 10.01.22



L.O: I can find out about the House of Wisdom and how it became a centre for learning.

Today we are going to learn about the House of Wisdom.

Lost to us since the 13th century, the House of Wisdom in Baghdad, Iraq, was once a centre of learning in the medieval world. Known as Bayt al-Hikma in Arabic, the House of Wisdom was founded in 8th century Baghdad by Caliph Harun al-Rashid of the Abbasid dynasty. The House of Wisdom was effectively a library. It was also called a research centre. Many highly intelligent people gathered there to learn from one another. Much of what we now know about medicine and dentistry started here.


Work through Powerpoint - The House of Wisdom (below)


Task 1- You have been asked by the caliph to get more people to study at the house of wisdom! Create a 2 minute advert thinking of at least 5 reasons why people should go there.


Task 2- Can you design a prospectus using the ideas from your advert? You can present this in a way of your own choosing.


Without the ideas that were created and passed on by the research and work from the House of Wisdom (such as the translated works from Ancient Greece and Rome), the renaissance that began in Europe in the 14th century would not have happened.


Do you think it is important that we learn about the early Islamic civilisation?

Does the House of Wisdom still matter?