Al-Andalus: The Legacy of Islamic Spain Students Exhibit
In 711, the Islamic Empire entered Spain, a land already rich in Christian Roman, Visigothic and Jewish cultures. By 732, the Islamic Empire united most of the Iberian Peninsula, calling it Al-Andalus. In Al-Andalus, Jews and Christians worshiped freely without fear of persecution. During this time, Al-Andalus developed into a culturally rich, diverse, and thriving civilization. There were many achievements that made lasting contributions in such areas as poetry, art, architecture, science, agriculture, medicine, engineering, cuisine, navigation, textiles, and even hydraulic technology.
The NUI Middle School Islamic Studies & History Department collaborated to create a unique project for the 7th & 8th grade students. Students were assigned to work in groups, to research a specific achievement that was made by the Muslims in Islamic Spain. Students worked with their groups to design and create an original art piece that was inspired by the Andalusian achievements that they learned about.
On Monday, November 22, 2021, the NUI 7th & 8th grade students displayed their art work in the ISCJ MPR. The NUI 3rd-5th grade students were invited to attend the student exhibit: "Al-Andalus: The Legacy of Islamic Spain". The ISCJ MPR was transformed into a lively art gallery where visitors can learn more about this influential time period in Islamic History. The exhibit displayed beautiful, handcrafted art pieces exclusively designed by the 7th & 8th grade students. One could admire the handmade calligraphy, watch a demonstration about the Water Wheel, marvel at the exquisite models of the Alhambra Palace, and the Great Mosque of Cordoba, learn about natural healing remedies and surgeries, discover navigation tools and telescopes, play a game of chess, examine delicate ceramics, colorful textiles, terrariums, and woodcarving, and even learn more about Zoology & Botany! Visitors left the exhibit knowing more about the historical wonder of Al-Andalus.