History KS2 / KS3: What food did they eat in Baghdad 900AD

This cooking show parody introduces pupils to early Islamic food.

  • A-Razi prepares goat stew
  • Ahmed makes a fish dish drink
  • Aisha uses traditional flavours to enhance her lamb dish and prays it will be well received

These three chefs complete for the privilege of cooking for the Caliph’s Eid celebrations.

Who will impress the judges with their imaginative use of ingredients and spices?

The short film mentions a variety of ingredients, both popular and brand new to Baghdad at the time. It shows cooking methods and spices used to enhance the dishes.

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

Devise a Muslim menu.

Explore what the Qur’an says about food.

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

Explore the role that food and diet play in a religious context.

Explore and prepare similar foods from current Muslim diet.

Discuss the benefits or otherwise of a Muslim diet, including the role that food and diet plays in a religious context.

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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