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Baghdad Early Islamic Civilisation Assembly

 
 
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Baghdad Early Islamic Civilisation Assembly

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Please note: The script is available in word document format on purchase of Performing Rights Certificate. The scripts remain free of performance rights for staging in the class room but as an assembly in front of a non-paying audience you need to buy a single Performance Rights Certificate to cover you for the play you are purchasing.

This assembly is intended as a celebration of learning and toleration. And it is to this end that I focus on the work of the individual scholars, working in unison in Baghdad, during this Golden Age.

I include a brief comparison of ‘East and West’– comparing London and Baghdad.

Cast size: 30 - easily adaptable up or down as, besides the Narrator, the speaking parts are just numbered 1 - 29.

Duration: Around 15 minutes reading time (not including music suggestions)

Sample Text:Music 1 Golden Years – David Bowie; or Imagine – John Lennon

(Children file in, taking places along two rows of 15, facing the audience)

Narrator:         Good morning and welcome to our assembly on

Whole cast:    (Together) Baghdad and Early Islamic Civilisation

(Child 1, 2 and 3 stand up with 3 banners: Golden Age, Learning and Tolerance)

Narrator:         Aha! And when was this Golden Age?

Child 1:           It was between the seventh and thirteen centuries. That is, around six to twelve hundred A.D.

Narrator:         That’s a long time (looking towards Child 2 and 3) to be learned and tolerant!

Child 4:           Oh. You’d be surprised what mankind is capable of when the conditions are right!

Narrator:         (Looking at cast) Well. I think we need to find out what these ‘conditions’ were, don’t you?

(Narrator ushers Child 2 and 3 with banners Learning and Tolerance to front of ‘stage’)

                        After all, aren’t Learning

(Child 2 waves banner)

                        And Tolerance

Child 3 waves banner)

                        Two of the most important ingredients to a happy and stable society?

Child 4:           And a happy and stable school!

Child 5:           Yes, we (gesturing to cast) have all learned a huge amount about the importance of Learning and Tolerance

Child 6:           Just by doing this assembly!

Narrator:         How so?

Child 7:           Well, we’ve learned all about this amazing civilisation that we knew nothing about before

Child 8:           And we’ve learned how it actually was, and is, possible to work together for the greater good.

Narrator:         Wait a minute! You’ve lost me on that last bit – the greater good?

Child 9:           What we mean by ‘the greater good’ is – seeing the bigger picture.

Child 10:         And that’s what education allows.

Child 11:         That’s what education encourages.

Child 12:         It gives opportunities for individual people to achieve their own maximum potential

Child 13:         And use it to benefit the whole of mankind.

Narrator:         Wow! That’s a pretty big achievement!

Child 13:         Which is why we need education – which comes from the latin educere – to lead out.

Child 14:         I think what we’re trying to say here is

Child 2:           Learning is not just for a select few – it is a gift to be shared, with everyone

Child 3:           So everyone gains! We’re all winners.

Narrator:         Which is why tolerance is so important?

Child 3:           Precisely. Everyone is entitled to their opinion. Every opinion is equally important.

Child 14:         And it’s so important that we always remember and respect that.

Narrator:         (Applauding) Absolutely. So, let’s return to that Golden Age of Islamic Civilisation and learn about them.

                        But I have a question. Where does the word Islam come from?

Child 15:         Islam means ‘submission to God’s will’.

Narrator:         Ah! So Islam is a religion?

Child 16:         Yes, but also equally important, a way of life. Islam is from a word meaning peace – and Baghdad was known as the City of Peace!

Narrator:         Huh! Shame about what was going on in Europe at that time!

Child 17:         (Holding banner up, with words ‘The Dark Ages’) Indeed. The Dark Ages!

Narrator:         Oh dear! Maybe we need to throw some light on these! Maybe it would be useful to compare

Child 17:         The Dark Ages – in Europe!

Narrator:         And

Child 1:           The Golden Age – in Baghdad!

 

 

 

 

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