Provided by the National Gallery of Art in Washington, this resource for teachers examines Islamic art, including calligraphy, arabesques, and geometric designs. A recounting of the spread of the faith and the tumultuous political history of the Middle East runs parallel to the artistic developments of the periods and images of period works.
- Perfect for humanities and/or art history classes, but also appropriate for social studies, math, and science
- To borrow the slides or a CD of the materials, you must create a free account with the National Gallery of Art Education Resources; to access, follow the link provided in the Included Materials section of this review
- The 64-page packet includes an introduction, images, slide descriptions, teaching suggestions, maps, and a list of related resources
- A Table of Contents makes it easy to locate specific resources within the packet
- The matrix on the final page of the packet indicates the content areas address by each slide
- Of particular value is the background information about Muhammad and the beginnings of Islam, and the basic tenets of the faith, the Five Pillars of Islam
- No specific plans are included