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Baghdad Early Islamic Civilisation Assembly

Baghdad Early Islamic Civilisation Assembly
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Baghdad Early Islamic Civilisation Assembly

This Baghdad Early Islamic Civilisation Class Play 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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