Ch 3: MTTC Social Studies (Secondary): Byzantine Empire & Islamic Civilization

About This Chapter

Find out which Byzantine Empire and Islamic civilization topics you'll be tested on when on the MTTC Social Studies (Secondary) exam. Video lessons and quizzes in this chapter can help you review everything from the Byzantine church to Islamic culture.

MTTC Social Studies (Secondary): Byzantine Empire & Islamic Civilization - Chapter Summary

Chart the rise and fall of the Byzantine Empire alongside the spread of Islam when you watch this chapter's video lessons. We'll help you prepare for MTTC Social Studies (Secondary) exam questions on these topics with a quick review of the following:

  • The Byzantine Empire's development
  • The decline of the Byzantine Empire
  • Characteristics of the Byzantine church
  • Islamic society, culture and civilization
  • The spread of Islam
  • The Arab-Islamic empire

Test-prep resources in this chapter include videos and transcripts addressing important world history topics and terminology. You'll also find lesson quizzes and a chapter test that can familiarize you with test question formatting.

MTTC Social Studies (Secondary): Byzantine Empire & Islamic Civilization Chapter Objectives

Passing scores on this MTTC exam are among the requirements for Michigan's secondary social studies teacher certification. Approximately 18% of the exam's 100 multiple-choice questions cover world history topics, including the Byzantine Empire and Islamic civilization topics discussed in this chapter. The remaining questions cover such areas as U.S. history, geography, political science and economics.

7 Lessons in Chapter 3: MTTC Social Studies (Secondary): Byzantine Empire & Islamic Civilization
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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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