Ch 45: Founding & Expansion of the Muslim World - MTEL Political Science/Political Philosophy

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This chapter on the Founding and Expansion of the Muslim World includes all the information you'll want to be familiar with when it's time for you to take the MTEL Political Science/Political Philosophy exam.

MTEL Political Science/Political Philosophy: Founding and Expansion of the Muslim World - Chapter Summary

This chapter goes in-depth on key historical events, figures, and civilizations involved in the growth of Islam. By the end of this chapter, you'll have bolstered your understanding and covered up any holes in your knowledge concerning:

  • Mohammed and the birth of Islam
  • The Umayyad dynasty
  • The Abbasid Caliphate's rise to power
  • The five pillars of the Islamic faith
  • The spread of Islam and the progress of the Caliphates
  • Islamic civilization and society
  • Suleiman and the Ottoman empire
  • The Safavid, Sasanid and Munghal empires

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MTEL Political Science/Political Philosophy: Founding and Expansion of the Muslim World Chapter Objectives

The MTEL Political Science/Political Philosophy test measures your mastery of the subject at the level appropriate for a baccalaureate major and is used by Massachusetts standards as a requirement for teacher certification.The test is computer-based and includes 100 multiple-choice questions and two open-response items divided into six subtests. This chapter can serve as a tool in your preparation for the history subtest, which all together will make up 20% of your overall exam score. This subtest includes questions concerning the emergence of Islam, and by using this chapter, you can ensure your ability to go in ready for them.

10 Lessons in Chapter 45: Founding & Expansion of the Muslim World - MTEL Political Science/Political Philosophy
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Sasanid Empire: History, Society & Religion

1. Sasanid Empire: History, Society & Religion

This lesson explores the Sasanid Empire. In doing so, it highlights the reign of Khosro I, Zoroastrianism, and the social stratification within the empire.

Mohammed and the Birth of Islam

2. Mohammed and the Birth of Islam

Out of the deserts of Arabia would come a man who would change the world. He was Mohammed, founder of the religion of Islam, and this lesson serves as a brief summary of his life and the founding of the religion of Islam.

The Umayyad Dynasty: Rulers & Warfare

3. The Umayyad Dynasty: Rulers & Warfare

This lesson explores Islam after the death of Mohammed. In doing this, it highlights the culture and conflicts of the Umayyad Dynasty and its ruling caliphs.

The Abbasid Caliphate's Rise to Power

4. The Abbasid Caliphate's Rise to Power

This lesson will explore the Abbasids and the Golden Age of Islam. In doing this, it will highlight the role of the caliph, viziers, and the growth of trade within the empire.

Five Pillars of the Islamic Faith: Overview, the Quran & Sharia Law

5. Five Pillars of the Islamic Faith: Overview, the Quran & Sharia Law

The Five Pillars of Islam are the foundation of the world's second largest faith. They are characterized by a simplicity that encourages peaceful cooperation between people, which is one reason for the religion's widespread devotion. This lesson will detail each of the five and show how they relate to the daily lives of practicing Muslims.

The Spread of Islam and the Progress of the Caliphates

6. 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.

Islamic Civilization & Society

7. 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.

Suleiman and the Ottoman Empire: History, Culture & Exploits

8. Suleiman and the Ottoman Empire: History, Culture & Exploits

This lesson will focus on Suleiman the Magnificent, ruler of the Ottoman Empire. It will highlight his conquests of Eastern Europe and his wars with the Habsburg Dynasty. It will also discuss the cultural advancements of his rule.

The Safavid Empire: Creation, Rulers, Characteristics & Shi'ism

9. The Safavid Empire: Creation, Rulers, Characteristics & Shi'ism

This lesson will explore the Safavid Empire. In doing this, it will explain Shi'ism, the term theocracy, and the reigns of Shah Ismail and Shah Abbas the Great.

The Mughal Empire: History, Rulers & Decline

10. The Mughal Empire: History, Rulers & Decline

From the hopes of Babur and Akbar to build an empire that all people could be proud of, to the obsession of Shah Jahan for his lost wife and the sheer cruelty of Aurangzeb, the Mughal Empire's history offers something for everyone.

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