Unit 6: Islam and Empire
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.
must do in this unit
What you can do in this unit
Some videos that you can watch for this unit
Extra Credit Options
- Listen to some further information about this unit
as a mp3 file. You can also read the information as
a txt file.
- 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
- For a maximum of 10 points extra credit, answer the Hadith excerpt
- 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.