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Unit One: Islam and Religious Art

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Folio from a Qur'an manuscript. Late 13th–early 14th century. Spain

After reading this unit, you will be able to:

  • identify key tenets of Islam and important figures and events in early Islamic history
  • recognize ways works of art reflect and support religious beliefs and practices

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The birth of Islam is marked by the first revelation conveyed to the Prophet Muhammad by God (in Arabic, Allah), which occurred in the seventh century near the city of Mecca on the Arabian Peninsula.

The Five Pillars are the core beliefs and practices of Islam.

The rise of Islam is intrinsically linked with the Prophet Muhammad, believed by Muslims to be the last in a long line of prophets that includes Moses and Jesus.

Muslims believe that the Qur’an, the holy book of Islam, was revealed to Muhammad over a period of twenty-three years, starting with the initial revelation at Mount Hira.

Muslims believe that the Qur'an contains the literal words of God, which were spoken in Arabic.

The English word "mosque" denotes a Muslim house of worship.

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Unit One Lesson Plan

Lesson Plan: Islam and Religious Art

Students will be able to identify important figures and events in early Islamic history; recognize ways works of art reflect and support religious beliefs and practices; and use visual evidence to support inferences.

Muhammad's Call to Prophecy and the First Revelation: Folio from a manuscript of the Majma' al-Tavarikh

The lesson plan related to Islam and Religious Art features a fifteenth-century manuscript folio.