Today the world is home to 1.2 billion Muslims, representing
one fifth of the world’s population. From various countries,
speaking different languages and displaying vibrant cultures,
they are bound together by the simple message of Islam.
Their heritage is one of splendour, magnificence and amazement,
yet it is also one overlooked, forgotten and unrecognised. For
while it is said that Europe was trapped in the Dark Ages, there
existed, not far away (and indeed within some parts of Europe),
a civilization that was flourishing, one that was at the front
of scientific discovery, technological expansion and trade; it
was the Islamic civilization. The Golden Age of Islam, produced
a vast amount of knowledge in the fields of science and medicine,
language and literature, arts, music and architecture. The impact
of these discoveries are still with us all today.
The Virtual Classroom invites you to take a tour of these great
discoveries, where you will be able to unlock for yourself the
rich cultural heritage of Islam.