Innovations and Inventions: Science and Technology along the Silk Road (Free)

by  Inner Asian & Uralic National Resource Center

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This program engages students to consider the many contributions to math, medicine, science and technology pioneered in Central Eurasia during the period known as the "middle ages."

At the time, the silk road did more than just link Europe to Central Asia and other parts of the world - it brought Europeans many inventions and scientific breakthroughs from the far corners of the Islamic world. Many of remain important even today.

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Our Center is a Title VI National Resource Center funded by US tax dollars. Our content is provided free of charge to US institutions.


40-60 minutes

Target Audience

Education: Grade(s) 9, 10, 11, 12, Parent, Adult LearnersPublic Library: Library Patrons

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Primary Disciplines

Gifted & Talented, Health/Physical Education, International, Mathematics, Sciences, Social Studies/History, Technology/Information Science

Program Delivery Mode

Videoconference - H.323 (Polycom, Cisco/Tandberg, LifeSize, etc...)

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Our Center is located on a university campus and cannot accept requests during winter and summer breaks. Please allow two weeks' notice for scheduling purposes.

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Inner Asian & Uralic National Resource Center

Bloomington, IN
United States

The Inner Asian and Uralic National Resource Center (IAUNRC) at Indiana University's Hamilton Lugar School of Global and International Studies is a U.S. Department of Education Title VI National Resource Center dedicated to raising awareness about its target area: namely the Turkic, Iranian, Mongolian, Uralic, and Tibetan cultural spheres. Some countries included are Turkey, Azerbaijan, Hungary, Uzbekistan, and Afghanistan.

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Program Details


1. This program opens with students discussing recent innovations and what drives innovation in the modern world.
2. We then briefly introduce the historical context of medieval Eurasia.
3. We discuss some of the major inventions, scientists, and thinkers medieval Central Eurasia.
4. We end with a discussion of some of the factors in this innovation 'boom' and how the Golden Age of Islam relates to the Islamic world today.
5. Additional time will be reserved for questions and answers


Participants will
a) develop a greater understanding of the contributions of ancient Muslim thinkers and scholars to modern math and science;
b) critically analyze reasons why the Islamic world and Central Eurasia became centers of scholarship during the Golden Age of Islam;
c) discuss the reasons for the rise and fall of innovation power in any society

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