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chapter 11

Chapter 11

The Rise of Islam

arab life
Arab Life
  • A.   The Arabian Peninsula, a wedge of land between the Red Sea and the Persian Gulf, is made up of two distinct regions: the southwestern area, with well-watered valleys, and the rest of the peninsula, consisting of arid plains and deserts.
  • In what area of the Arabian peninsula are well-watered valleys found?
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Arab Life
  • B.   In ancient times many of the Arab were Bedouins, or nomads who herded sheep, camels, and goats.
  • What are bedouins?
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Arab Life
  • C.   By the A.D. 500s, many tribes had settled around oases or in fertile valleys to pursue either farming or trade; prosperous market towns grew, the most of important of which was Makkah.
  • What unique features do we find at an oasis?
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Arab Life
  • D. As business ties replaced tribal ties in the trading towns, the old tribal rules were not longer adequate; the Arabs needed a central government.
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Arab Life
  • E.   Religious ideas were also changing; introduced to the monotheistic religions of Judaism and Christianity, many Arabs grew dissatisfied with their old beliefs.
muhammad and his message
Muhammad and His Message
  • A.   The prophet of Islam, Muhammad, was born in the city of Makkah around A.D. 570.
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Muhammad and His Message
  • B.   Islamic tradition holds that Muhammad experienced a revelation in A.D. 610—a voice called him to be the apostle of the one true deity, Allah.
  • According to Moslems (followers of Islam) who is Allah?
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Muhammad and His Message
  • C.   In A.D. 613 Muhammad preached to the people of Makkah that there was only one God and that people everywhere must worship and obey him; he told the people of Makkah to live their lives in preparation for the day of judgment.
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Muhammad and His Message
  • D.   Muhammad made slow progress in winning converts, appealing mostly to Makkah’s poor.
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Muhammad and His Message
  • E.   Muhammad persisted in his preaching until threats against his life forced him to seek help outside the city; he found refuge in the small town of Yathrib to the north in A.D. 622, the first year of the Muslim calendar.
  • Due to threats to his life, where does Muhammad flee? What is a Hegira?
the islamic community
The Islamic Community
  • A.   Most of Yathrib accepted Muhammad as God’s prophet and their ruler, and the town became known as Madinah, “the city of the prophet.”
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The Islamic Community
  • B.   Muhammad was a skilled political as well as religious leader; in the Madinah Compact, Muhammad laid the foundations of an Islamic state.
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The Islamic Community
  • C.   When Muhammad and his followers entered Makkah in A.D. 630, they faced little resistance; Makkah became the spiritual capital of Islam, and Madinah remained its political capital.
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Beliefs and Practices of Islam
  • A.   For all Muslims, the Quran—compiled from divine messages revealed to Muhammad—is the final authority in matters of faith and lifestyle.
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Beliefs and Practices of Islam
  • B.   The basic moral values of Islam are similar to those of Judaism and Christianity; the Quran also lays down specific rules to guide Muslims.
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Beliefs and Practices of Islam
  • C.   Law cannot be separated from religion in Islamic society; generations of legal scholars have organized Islamic moral principles into body of law known as the shari’ah.
  • What is the shari’ah?
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Five Pillars of Islam
  • A.   The Quran presents the Five Pillars of Islam: confession of faith, prayer, almsgiving, fasting, and the pilgrimage to Makkah.
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Five Pillars of Islam
  • B. The first pillar confirms the oneness of an all-powerful, just, and merciful God.
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Five Pillars of Islam
  • C.   To Muslims, Allah is the same god as the God of the Jews and Christians; Muslims have a great respect for the Bible, Judaism, and Christianity.
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Five Pillars of Islam
  • D.   Muslims express their devotion in prayer five times each day; worshipers pray while facing Makkah.
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Five Pillars of Islam
  • E.   Almsgiving is practiced privately through contributions to the needy and publicly through a state tax.
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Five Pillars of Islam
  • F.    Fasting occurs in the month of Ramadan, during which Muhammad received his first revelation; during Ramadan, Muslims neither eat nor drink from sunrise to sunset.
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Five Pillars of Islam
  • G.  Every able-bodied Muslim who can afford the trip is expected to make the pilgrimage to Makkah at least once.
  • Please list the Five Pillars of Islam
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“The Rightly Guided Caliphs”
  • A.   The first four caliphs, “the Rightly Guided Caliphs,” sought to protect and spread Islam beyond the Arabian Peninsula.
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“The Rightly Guided Caliphs”
  • B.   Arab armies swept forth against the weakened Byzantine and Persian empires, eventually bringing most of the former and all of the latter under Muslim control.
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“The Rightly Guided Caliphs”
  • C.   The Arab armies were successful for several reasons: they were united in the belief that they had a religious duty to spread Islam, continual warfare had weakened the other empires, and members of persecuted religions in the empires welcomed the more benevolent Muslim rule.
  • Why were Moslem armies successful?
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“The Rightly Guided Caliphs”
  • D.   When Ali, the fourth caliph, was murdered in A.D. 661, the Syrian governor Mu’awiyah became the first caliph of the Umayyad dynasty; Ali’s son Husayn fought against Umayyad rule and was killed in battle in A.D 680.
  • What is a caliph?
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“The Rightly Guided Caliphs”
  • E.   The murders of Ali and Husayn led to a significant division in the Islamic world: the Sunni believed that the caliph was a leader, not a religious authority, while the Shiite (followers of Ali and Husayn) believed that the caliphate was a spiritual position to be reserved for descendants of Muhammad.
  • What are the two main branches of Islam? What are their differences?
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“The Rightly Guided Caliphs”
  • F.    The split between the Sunni and Shiite Muslims had a profound impact on Islam and has lasted into modern time; today, 90 percent of Muslims are Sunnis.
  • Which branch of Islam is the largest?
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The Islamic State
  • A.   During the Umayyad dynasty, which ruled from A.D. 661 to 750, the capital was moved from Madinah to Damascus, Syria.
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The Islamic State
  • B.   In the next century, Umayyad warriors carried Islam east and west.
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The Islamic State
  • C.   As time went by, the Umayyads built a powerful Islamic state that they ruled over more like kings than like the earlier caliphs.
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The Islamic State
  • D.   The Umayyads helped to unite the lands they ruled by establishing a common language, currency, roads, and postal routes.
  • What achievements did the Ummayads have during their rule?
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The Islamic State
  • E.   Umayyad rule caused dissatisfaction among non-Arab Muslims, particularly in Iraq and Persia; in A.D. 747 the anti-Umayyad Arabs and the non-Arab Muslims in Iraq and Persia joined forces and overwhelmed the Umayyads; the resulting Abbasid dynasty built a new city, Baghdad.
  • What reasons are stated for the rise of the Abbasid dynasty?
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The Islamic State
  • F.    The Abbasids, under Caliph Harun al-Rashid, developed a sophisticated urban civilization based on the diversity of the empire’s peoples.
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The Islamic State
  • G.  During the Abbasid period, many of the lands that had been won by the Umayyads broke free from Baghdad.
family life
Family Life
  • A.   Early Islam stressed the equality of all believers before God; however, a woman’s social position was subservient to male family members.
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Family Life
  • B.   Islam did, however, improve the social position of women through property rights and polygamy laws.
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Family Life
  • C.   Muslim men, in addition to politics and the army, worked at a variety of business and in the fields.
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City and Country
  • A.   Although most Arabs lived in rural or desert places, the state leadership came from the cities; Muslim cities, which often began as trading centers or military towns, were divided into distinct business and residential districts.
  • In what location did most Arabs live?
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City and Country
  • B.   Muslim merchants dominated trade throughout the Middle East and North Africa until the A.D. 1400s.
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City and Country
  • C.   Growing food was difficult in many areas of the Islamic state because of the dry climate and scarcity of water sources; most productive land was held by large landowners who received grants from the government.
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City and Country
  • D.   After Arab irrigation methods were introduced into Spain, Muslims cultivated new produce.
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Islamic Achievements
  • A.   The use of Arabic not only promoted trade but also encouraged communication and the spread of knowledge among the different peoples in the Islamic state.
  • Please write the following phrase in Arabic: Alexandria is full of beautiful beaches
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Islamic Achievements
  • B.   Muslim mathematicians developed the place-value system, in which a number’s value is determined by the position of its digits, invented algebra, and helped develop trigonometry.
  • What mathematic innovations were developed by Muslim mathematicians?
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Islamic Achievements
  • C.   Astronomers described solar eclipses, proved that the moon affects the oceans, and improved on a Greek device that indicated the positions of the stars; geographers accurately measured the size and circumference of the earth and produced the first accurate maps of the Eastern Hemisphere.
  • What scientific achievements were advanced by Islam?