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The Islamic World
Transcript of The Islamic World
By: Aman, Katie, Karen, Hannah,
Antonio, and Yasmin
Life in Islamic Towns
Diet and Food
- Meal that was enjoyed by both poor and rich
- Chicken, Wheat and Herbs
- Cooked over night
- Harisa Markets are always crowded
Diseases and Cures
Back then in the Islamic World, many people got sick from different types of diseases. Just like many other places, in around 1348, the Black Death arrived, which killed many people.
Rich and Poor people's houses
To keep people healthy and safe from diseases, there was a market law. Here are four laws which were used and followed by these people.
"Egg-Sellers must have bowls of water in front of them, so that bad eggs could be recognized."
"Cheese should only be sold in small leather bottles which can be washed and cleaned every day."
"No slaughtering should take place in the market, except in the closed slaughterhouses, and the blood and refuse should be taken outside the market."
"Only a skilled doctor should sell medicines and mix drugs. These things should not be bought from the grocer whose only concern is to make money."
People didn't want other people to know their monetary status.
This was because of taxes, as rich people could afford to pay more taxes
Houses usually had a funnel directing wind into the house
Rich people's house had many books for children, who were often educated at home.
The Black death
Like many people in Europe, the Islamic people also suffered from the black death, because they weren't incredibly hygienic. This disease was spread by rats and fleas . Many people were infected by this disease and died rapidly. This was because the black death was very contagious, and also because medical technology was not so advanced at the time, so they did not have a cure for this disease.
Because of many Islamic conquests, the majority of Jews were under Arab rule. In many Muslim cities, Jews had a massive role in creating what we call 'Medieval Islam'. During this time, the Jewish civilisation and culture flourished.
Around the Medieval Islamic world time, a lot of people in that period had to eat 3 main foods such as:
Technically, Islam did not allow alcoholic drinking, but still people drank wine. People who didn’t want to drink wine, also had another option which was tea, which the Sogdians brought to the Islamic world from China.
Doctors had many different ways of curing a patient. Depending on what type of sickness the patient had, doctors would look at astrological charts and recommend praying to heal the sick. Most commonly though was examination. Doctors would check the patients urine, pulse, and lifestyle. They would use a variety drugs made from animal and plant extracts, and from chemicals like Copper Sulphate, which we know now this makes a great ointment for infected eyelids.
What people wore
Men wore turbans.
The poor used simple strips of cloth
About 100 years after Muhammad's death, women began to wear veils
The length and colour of your robes determined your status in society
The more important you were, the longer your robe was
When you wore black, it meant that you were in service of the Caliph
What Poor People Ate
They ate food like cheap meat, small fish, rice bread, dried fruits, herbs and oil cake.
What Rich People Ate
The Caliph (the religious ruler) would order a number of dishes and they would reduce it down to 12 dishes and 30 sweets.
Slaves usually cooked meals for families
Slaves were often captured in war.
Slaves had some rights
So... Is the Islamic world Filthy and Dirty?
According to our research...
The Islamic World is
Was their food clean and healthy?
Yes, we believe that their food was healthy and clean. The rich obviously had an enormous amount of dishes and the poor still had food like dried fruits, bread and the all time favourite, Harisa.
Islam has always placed strong emphasis on personal hygiene, and systems had advanced domestic water systems.
City of Baghdad
The life expectancy for people in Islam was relatively high compared with other countries of the time. Most people lived for over 35 years! Some Islamic scholars lived for 69 to 75 years!
There were many Islamic cities, and one that we will be looking at is the city of Baghdad.
What people wore was important...
Rooms were divided by curtains
Floors were covered with carpets and rugs
Not much furniture
Did you Know?...
Did you know that the Islamic people used human waste to fertilize crops?
Lionel's Islamic World PDF
Food Types - http://www.historyforkids.org/learn/islam/food/
Types of Medicine - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Medicine_in_the_medieval_Islamic_world