Lesson 3.5: Houses of Worship and Places of Veneration
• Students will describe common elements between physical spaces of worship among Christians and Muslims
• They will identify sites that were used in common by worshippers of different faiths
• They will describe shared religious practices and concepts such as prayer and pilgrimage to holy sites across traditions
Lesson Plan Text
1. Distribute or project Student Handout 3.5.1, “Religious Tolerance and Houses of Worship” on an LCD projector or Smartboard. Have the students read the handout text and consider the questions at the bottom of the handout.
2. If time permits, students may research further examples of shared religious spaces, practices such as pilgrimage, fasting, prayer and architectural commonalties. For example, the Dome of the Rock in Jerusalem also contains Byzantine mosaics that express Muslim views of Jesus. Stained glass windows such as those built into the cathedrals of Chartres and Notre Dame have roots in Byzantine and Syrian glass staining traditions, and owe much to the geometric tesselations of Islamic art. (See http://islamicspain.tv/Arts-and-Science/The-Culture-of-Al-Andalus/Glass.htm)