Middle East and Islamic world
Discover the many cultures of the Middle East and Islamic world, from the ancient civilisations of Persia (Iran), Mesopotamia (Iraq), the Levant (Syria, Jordan, Lebanon, Palestine, Israel) and Anatolia (Turkey) to the contemporary cultures of the Middle East today.
Discover the Arab
Arab World art and
Age 12–16, 16+
Students discover the part religious belief has played in Islamic design.
Starting with Anglo-Saxon England, students learn about the world in AD 900 before focusing on Mayan, Benin or Islamic culture and society.
Students explore the varied lifestyles of five ancient societies.
- Room 6 Assyrian sculpture and Balawat Gates
- Room 7–8 Assyria: Nimrud
- Room 9 Assyria: Nineveh
- Room 10a Assyria: Lion hunts
- Room 10b Assyria: Siege of Lachish
- Room 10c Assyria: Khorsabad
- Room 34 The Islamic world
- Room 52 Ancient Iran
- Room 53 Ancient South Arabia
- Room 54 Ancient Turkey
- Room 55 Mesopotamia 1500–539 BC
- Room 56 Mesopotamia 6000–1500 BC
- Room 57–9 Ancient Levant
- Room 88 Holy Land
- Room 89 Assyrian Life
Teachers receive a 10% discount*. Quote teacher1112 in Museum shops or at the checkout online.
- Nicholas Badcott, Pocket timeline of Islamic Civilizations
- Barbara Brend, Islamic Art
- Sheila Canby, Islamic Art in Detail
- Mustafa Ja’far, Arabic Calligraphy
- Venetia Porter Word into Art: Artists of the Modern Middle East
- Eva Wilson, Islamic Designs
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