HIS 101
Unit 6:  Islam and Empire

Granada, Spain.  At its height, the Islamic Empire, that began initially in the out-of-the-way cities of Mecca and Medina on the Arabian Peninsula in the early seventh century, spanned from the Indus River in South Asia to the Pyrenees Mountains separating Spain from France, north into Southern Russia (Central Asia) and south across the Sahara desert to the kingdom of Mali.  Granada, the last Muslim outpost on the Iberian Peninsula fell to Spanish Christians only in 1492.  That was the end of the Spanish Reconquista.  Photo courtesy C. Wayne and Dorothy Miller.

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What you must do in this unit What you can do in this unit
  • Listen to some further information about this unit as a mp3 file.  You can also read the information as a txt file.
Some videos that you can watch for this unit Extra Credit Options
  • Take the short 5-point quiz for chapter 7. Log into Blackboard and look under "Chapter Quizzes." You have five minutes to complete each quiz (multiple-choice questions).
  • Find three reputable websites that contain useful information about the early history of Islam.  In about one page, summarize the information contained on each website and explain why these websites are both useful and credible for a maximum of 50 points.
  • For a maximum of 25 points extra credit, read the excerpt by Ibn Abd-el-Hakem on the Islamic Conquest of Spain and write a long paragraph in which you examine some of the reasons for the successful Islamic conquests.
  • For a maximum of 25 points extra credit, read the Pact of Umar, from the seventh century, and comment, in a paragraph, on the nature of Muslim-Christian relations.
  • For a maximum of 10 points extra credit, answer the Hadith excerpt study sheet questions.
  • For extra credit, please suggest a relevant website for this unit of the course.  Send the title of the site, the url and a brief explanation why you find the information interesting and applicable to the material being studied this unit.

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