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A page from the Materia Medica in Arabic


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"Preparing Medicine from Honey"

Source: metmuseum.org

A manuscript from the Metropolitan Museum which shows a pharmacist preparing medicine from honey.

Visit the site http://www.metmuseum.org/collection/the-collection-online/search/451400

Wall tile from Samarra


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Door from Samarra


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Fragment of stucco depicting a camel’s head from Samarra


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Medical objects

Source: discoverislamicart.org

From the website of Discover Islamic Art: a fragment of a prescription, medical instruments, manuscripts about surgery with illustrations of instruments and photos of hospitals in Egypt and Syria. Each image links to others.

Visit the site http://www.discoverislamicart.org/pc_item.php?id=object;ISL;eg;Mus01;46;en

Descriptions of Baghdad

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Map of Baghdad city

Source: muhammadanism.org

Scroll down on the webpage to find the map.

Visit the site http://www.muhammadanism.org/maps/Baghdad.gif

The survival of Galen's ideas

Source: bbc.co.uk

BBC videos on Arabic scholars developing ideas from the Greek world.

Visit the site http://www.bbc.co.uk/learningzone/clips/christianity-and-the-re-emergence-of-galens-ideas/3306.html http://www.bbc.co.uk/learningzone/clips/the-survival-of-galens-ideas/3305.html

Outside the classroom

This is a selection of museums with collections of Islamic art. Their collections may not include objects from tenth century Baghdad, so please check with the museum in advance.

Ashmolean Museum, Oxford

Source: ashmolean.org

Visit the site http://www.ashmolean.org

Burrell Collection, Glasgow

Source: glasgowlife.org.uk

Visit the site http://www.glasgowlife.org.uk/museums/burrell-collection

Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge

Source: fitzmuseum.cam.ac.uk

Visit the site http://www.fitzmuseum.cam.ac.uk

Leighton House Museum, London

Source: rbkc.gov.uk

Visit the site http://www.rbkc.gov.uk/subsites/museums/leightonhousemuseum1

Liverpool Museums: World Museum

Source: liverpoolmuseums.org.uk

Visit the site http://www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk/wml

National Museum of Scotland

Source: nms.ac.uk

Visit the site http://www.nms.ac.uk

Oriental Museum, Durham

Source: dur.ac.uk

Visit the site http://www.dur.ac.uk/oriental.museum

Victoria and Albert Museum

Source: vam.ac.uk

Visit the site http://www.vam.ac.uk

British Museum

Source: britishmuseum.org

Visit the site https://www.britishmuseum.org/

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