SUBJECT NAME YEAR GROUP Topic covered for Science & Engineering Week
Islamic History Year 7 Practical work on creating a camera (based on Al Haitham’s works which led to the invention of the camera)
Islamic History Year 8A Poster work & PowerPoint created to highlight the Muslims’ contributions in Science & Engineering
Islamic History Year 8B Practical work on creating/designing an Astrolabe
Islamic History Year 9 Poster work & PowerPoint created to illustrate the key inventions made by Muslims in Europe, emphasising the role played by Muslims in the rule of Islamic Spain


The doctor of all doctors: Al Zahrawi (by Yusuf Lunat)

.Abu al-Qasim Khalaf ibn al-Abbas Al-Zahrawi was born near Cordoba, Spain, when it was part of the Islamic Empire. He was a physician, surgeon and chemist. He is best remembered for his encyclopedia of medicine, the Al-Tasrif li man ajaz an-il-talif (An Aid for Those Who Lack the Capacity to Read Big Books), known as the al-Tasrif. This became a standard reference in Islamic and European medicine for over 500 years. In Europe, Al-Zahrawi was known as Albucasis, and was particularly famous for his surgical knowledge.

Al-Zahrawi’s encyclopedia included sections on surgery, medicine, orthopaedics,ophthalmology, pharmacology and nutrition. In it he described over 300 diseases and their treatments. He also included detailed descriptions of numerous surgical procedures, and the use of over 200 surgical instruments, many of which he developed. The most famous section of the encyclopedia, on surgery, was translated into Latin by Gerard of Cremona in the 1100s. From this time it also became a standard text in Europe, and was still being reprinted in the 1770s.

While famed for his writing, Al-Zahrawi was also a prominent practitioner and teacher. In recognition of his skills, he was appointed as the court physician to King Al-Hakam II of Spain.

The Master of Medicine: Ibn Sina (by Jibril Ahmed)

Ibn Sina was the most famous of the philosopher-scientists of Islam.

Ibn Sina, or  Avicenna, was born in Bukhara then a leading city in Persia. His youth was spent in the company of the most learned men of his time and he became accomplished in all the sciences and arts.

Ibn Sina collected in over 100 books the entire scientific knowledege of his time and is called the “Prince of Science”.

He spent the last years of his life in Hamadan, where he composed the ‘Canon of Medicine’, which is among the most famous books in the history of medicine