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Throughout the Middle Ages, the Muslim world was more advanced and more civilised than Christian Western Europe, which learned a huge amount from its neighbour.
The Muslim economy stretched much farther and was more sophisticated than the trade of Western Europe:
Medieval Islam artefacts
Copper jug from Khorasan, Iran, 1218.
An ivory casket made for Caliph Hakam 11 for his concubine, Lady Subh. The design incorportes peacocks and antelopes. Spain, 1050 AD.
Inlaid brass astrolabe from Cairo an instrument for observing and computing time direction and position. It could be used for navigation astronomy and astrology. Egypt 1236 AD.
The Elephant Clock from The Book of Knowledge of Ingenious Mechanical Devices by Ibn-al-Razzaz Al-Jazari (1136-1206).
Sherbet jar with a top in the shape of a female head. The glaze is consisted of two colours, the so-called, 'powder blue' and black. 13th century.