History KS2 / KS3: How Houses looked in Baghdad 900AD

An ancient Islamic nomad is giving up his camel-hair tent and has designed his own ‘forever’ family home to settle in Baghdad.

He explains his reasons for a lifestyle change and why its facilities make Baghdad his city of choice.

He talks pupils through his design, his tools and the building’s sometimes ground-breaking features, such as its air cooling system.

Its size and exclusive family use place it in the mid-range of Islamic accommodation.

This short film is from the BBC series, History of Early Civilisations - Islam. Through parodies of reality TV shows, this series introduces different aspects of life in the Islamic Golden Age, circa AD900.

Teacher Notes

Research a range of early Islamic buildings and homes and compare/contrast these with buildings in Britain in the same era.

Compile a class glossary of Islamic terms and create a crossword with definitions.

Create own house model with captions for display.

Curriculum Notes

This short film is suitable for teaching History at Key Stages 2 and 3 in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, and Second and Third Level in Scotland.

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