At around 1500 years old, Islam is a relative newcomer among the world's great religions. Yet, despite the faith's comparatively recent origins, three separate Muslim empires - Umayyad, Abbasid & Mongol - have in turn stretched from Central Asia to the Mediterranean. But how could such a young religion spread so quickly?
This two-part worksheet provides an overview of Islam's early years. By completing its exercises, students will gain a basic understanding of the faith's early leaders, and its rapid-fire spread from 7th Century Arabia. Part I contains an eleven-question matching exercise, featuring the Prophet Muhammad, Salah-al-Din, Sufism, Mongols, Seljuks & more.Part II contains two short answer questions to help students understand the rapid spread of Islam: what policies did Muslim empires adopt to help them retain conquered lands? What role did this spread play in the schism between Sunni and Shi'a (Shi'ite) Muslims?
Perfect as an in-class activity, discussion-starter, review sheet or homework assignment!
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