Islamic Contribution to Math and Science – Video series & worksheets

Islamic Contribution to Math and Science – Video series & worksheets

There is a lack of acknowledgment of contributions made by historic Islamic scholars’ in many fields including science and math, despite four centuries of rich contributions during the 9th to 13th centuries. In fact, during this Islamic golden age, concepts instrumental in the furtherment of science (as we practice it today) stem from concepts of accuracy, precision, experimentation, and peer review. These ideas were refined and passed on from the scientist during this period. In Islamic centers multicultural scholars were brought together solely for the pursuit of knowledge. Ancient texts were translated into Arabic and ideas were further developed through experimentation while great attention was paid to precision and accuracy.

There are six videos in this series covering astronomy, chemistry, biology, engineering, optics, and algebra.  Each episode has:

  • a worksheet for students
  • teachers guide with answers for all questions
  • curriculum expectations for Ontario curriculum
  • Reference list
  • PDF contains answer key

Worksheets and answer key created by Saira Kirefu

Saira Kirefu, a secondary school teacher with Toronto District School Board, teaches chemistry and science.  She loves to introduce diverse views into her teaching practice.  She is invested in equity issues in the classroom, community and globally and provides students with opportunities to make a difference in their communities and beyond.  Saira.kirefu@tdsb.on.ca

Pioneers of Engineering: Al-Jazari and the Banu Musa

Science in a Golden Age – Chemistry: The Search for the Philosopher’s Stone

Al-Khwarizmi: The Father of Algebra

Science in a Golden Age – Al-Razi, Ibn Sina and the Canon of Medicine

Science in a Gold Age – Optics: The True Nature of Light

Science in a Golden Age – Astronomy: The Science of the Stars

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