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Ch 4: Byzantine Empire & Islamic Civilization - ORELA Middle Grades Social Science

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Use this chapter to learn more facts about the Byzantine Empire and Islamic civilization. By reviewing this in-depth information, you will be better prepared to answer relative questions on the ORELA Middle Grades Social Science test.

Byzantine Empire & Islamic Civilization: ORELA Middle Grades Social Science - Chapter Summary

The lessons of this chapter focus on the history of the Byzantine Empire and the development and spread of Islamic culture and society. These video lessons will help you get ready to answer questions pertaining to characteristics of Byzantine and Islamic civilizations on the ORELA Middle Grades Social Science test. This chapter will include lessons on the following:

  • The origins and rise of the Byzantine Empire
  • Description of the Byzantine Empire's decline
  • Features of the Byzantine Church
  • Society and culture of Islamic civilization
  • The Caliphates and the growth of Islam
  • Reasons for worldwide Islamic unity
  • The Arab-Islamic Empire

After you view each video lesson, take the related quiz to determine how much information you gleaned. The historical knowledge you gain from these lessons should aid you in positively answering pertinent questions on the test.

Byzantine Empire & Islamic Civilization: ORELA Middle Grades Social Science Objectives

The ORELA Middle Grades Social Science test examines the extent of your knowledge in four domains, with 50% of the approximately 150 questions pertaining to history facts. This chapter will prepare you for the questions that relate to the society, politics, and culture of the Byzantine and Islamic civilizations. By reviewing the information provided in this chapter, it will be easier for you to determine the correct answer from among the multiple-choice questions of the test.

7 Lessons in Chapter 4: Byzantine Empire & Islamic Civilization - ORELA Middle Grades Social Science
The Development of the Byzantine Empire

1. The Development of the Byzantine Empire

The word 'byzantine' is often used to mean something worthy of a spy movie. Learn more about the empire that earned every bit of that word, and how it lasted for more than a thousand years in this lesson.

The Slow Decline of the Byzantine Empire

2. The Slow Decline of the Byzantine Empire

This lesson will explore the slow decline of the Byzantine Empire. It will highlight internal instability and outside invasion as two of the major factors that led to the 1453 fall of Constantinople and the empire.

The Byzantine Church: Characteristics, Empire & Icons

3. The Byzantine Church: Characteristics, Empire & Icons

In this lesson, we explore the Christian Church in the Byzantine Empire, and the history of the issues the bishop in Constantinople had with other Christian bishops, especially in Rome.

Islamic Civilization & Society

4. Islamic Civilization & Society

Before the year 600, the Middle East was a no man's land between Persia and Byzantium. Then, 100 years later, it was the heartland of an empire that would grow larger than its predecessors put together. This lesson details the changes to society during that time.

The Spread of Islam and the Progress of the Caliphates

5. The Spread of Islam and the Progress of the Caliphates

After the death of Mohammed, Islam continued to spread through Arabia, the Middle East and Africa. This lesson is an overview of Islam's progress from the faith of Mecca to a faith for all the world.

Cultural Elements that Unified the Islamic World

6. Cultural Elements that Unified the Islamic World

Despite stretching from Morocco to the Philippines, the Islamic world managed to maintain a surprising amount of cultural coherence during the Middle Ages.

The Arab-Islamic Empire: Emergence, Establishment & Expansion

7. The Arab-Islamic Empire: Emergence, Establishment & Expansion

This lesson will trace the emergence of the Arab-Islamic Empire. It will focus on the Islamic faith, the rule of Abu Bakr, and the Golden Age of Islam under the Abbasid Dynasty.

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