The Spread of Islam and the Progress of the Caliphates


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How did the claim of Ali to become Mohammed's successor differ from that of Abu Bakr?

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1. Which of the following individuals was MOST likely to believe in Zoroastrianism in the time of Mohammed?

2. How were the Sassanid and Byzantine Empires similar?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

After the death of Mohammed, followers of the Islam faith saw a succession of caliphs that expanded territory and ultimately made Islam the second largest religion in the world. This was not, however, a peaceful journey. This quiz and worksheet combination will check your understanding of influential leaders and families that would eventually change the world.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

These assessments ask you questions about:

  • Islamic caliphs
  • Sassanid Empire
  • Muslim expansion in the Middle Ages
  • Family dynasty responsible for the 'Golden Age' of Islam

Skills Practiced

  • Making connections - link your understanding of the Sassanid Empire with its religion
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you have gained to name the first and third caliphs of Islam
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about Muslim conquests

Additional Learning

The lesson called The Spread of Islam and the Progress of the Caliphates can provide you with more information about this subject. You'll study additional topics, like:

  • Islamic clan dynamics and their effects on the Islamic faith
  • Uthman's expansion of the Muslim Empire and his achievements in promoting Islamic culture
  • Division of the Shia sect of Islam
  • Effects of the Mongol invasion on Islam