The Spread of Islam. Arabia Before Muhammad. Pastoral nomads (Bedouins), farmers in oasis – depend on each other Tribal society Caravan trade important (incense), involved in trade network Mediterranean, Middle East, East Africa, India Mecca major economic and religious center
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Describe the origins of Islam. When and where was it created? What geographic features had an impact on it? What other cultures impacted Islam? How?
Describe the first 100 years of Muslim expansion. How far did their empire reach?
What cultural contributions were made under the Muslim empires? What earlier cultures had an impact on Muslim culture? Give examples of cultural transfer.