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Suggested Readings and Resources

Al-Hassani, Salim T. S., ed. 1001 Inventions: The Enduring Legacy of Muslim Civilization. 3d ed. Washington, D.C.: National Geographic, 2012.
Elementary school; middle school; high school
Accompanied the 1001 Inventions exhibition. Looks at the contributions of Muslim thinkers throughout history.
Related website includes materials for educators.

Carboni, Stefano. Following the Stars: Images of the Zodiac in Islamic Art. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1997.
Middle school; high school
Closely examines zodiac symbolism in several works in the Museum's collection of Islamic art.

Saliba, George. A History of Arabic Astronomy: Planetary Theories during the Golden Age of Islam. New York: New York University Press, 1994.

Sardar, Marika. "Astronomy and Astrology in the Medieval Islamic World." In Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2000–.
High school

Science and Islam: The Golden Age. DVD. 156 min. New York: Films for the Humanities and Sciences, 2009.
Three-part series exploring the achievements of the Islamic physicians, astronomers, chemists, and mathematicians who helped establish our modern scientific worldview.

Turner, Howard R. Science in Medieval Islam: An Illustrated Introduction. Austin: University of Texas Press, 1997.
Middle school; high school

Wujec, Tom. "Tom Wujec Demos the 13th-Century Astrolabe." In TED Talk. New York: TED, 2009.

Planispheric astrolabe

The lesson plan related to Science and the Art of the Islamic World features a planispheric astrolabe.