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CSCOPE World History Unit 4b Lesson 1
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“Interaction is the process of mutual or reciprocal action or influence, in this particular case, between religions. During the Middle Ages (600 AD through 1450 AD) in Africa and Asia, established religions and newly founded religions interacted in many ways. The historical origins of Islam and Sikhism are introduced in this lesson.”
“With the birth of Islam in or around 570 AD, a new dynamic to religious influence and interaction was added. The spread of Islam under Muhammad (founder of Islam) began to extend through most of the Arabian Peninsula. By about 750 AD, Islam had spread as far east as the Indus River, and north to the Caspian Sea, into North Africa and into Europe. In Europe, the spread of Islam primarily affected Spain located on the Iberian Peninsula.”
“Conquered people were permitted to practice their own religion, but they had to pay a tax. It is also noted that many Christians and Jews served as scholars and officials.”
“An extensive trading network was established within the regions conquered by Muslims and included routes between Europe, Asia and North Africa. With trade followed cultural blending which led to achievements in the arts and sciences. It is well documented that Greek works and manuscripts were collected by Islamic scholars and translated to Arabic. They did the same with Indian manuscripts. This was referred to as the translation movement. As a consequence, math and science flourished and helped to bring about a Golden Age to many of the regions belonging to the Muslim Empire.”
“Trade played an important role in the exchange and blending of cultures. One can see the Islamic influence in the architecture found throughout the regions they conquered.”
This following paragraph from the CSCOPE lesson background information is not accurate, it does not relate to the TEKS listed for the lesson.
[Although Sikhism was not founded until 1469, this religion is integrated into this unit and lesson because the focus for this lesson is primarily about religious interactions and diffusion. Sikhism is the fifth largest world religion, and was founded in 1469 by Guru Nanak in South Asia at the age of 27. Its core beliefs were shaped by Guru Nanak and his nine successors during the 16th and 17th centuries, making Sikhism the youngest of the world’s major religions.]
Christianity and Judaism are part of the listed TEKS. But neight religion is discussed. Instead the following note is given in the instructions:
It is important to note that Christianity and Judaism have been introduced and studied prior to this lesson. See the units and lessons listed below to reference Christianity and Judaism:
Unit 1, Lesson 2, Unit 3, Lesson 2, Unit 4A, Lesson 1 NOT TRUE
CSCOPE World History Unit 4b Lesson 3
A. Islamic References
Islam was destined to become a world religion and to create a civilization which stretched from one end of the globe to the other. Already during the early Muslim caliphates, first the Arabs, then the Persians and later the Turks set about to create classical Islamic civilization. Later, in the 13th century, both Africa and India became great centers of Islamic civilization and soon thereafter Muslim kingdoms were established in the Malay-Indonesian world while Chinese Muslims flourished throughout China.
B. Islamic Content in World History Unit 4b Lesson 3