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Ch 4: NES: Byzantine Empire & Islamic Civilization

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Watch these lesson videos to review the development and decline of the Byzantine Empire, characteristics of the Byzantine church, the Arab-Islamic Empire and the spread of Islam as you study for the NES Middle Grades Social Science exam.

NES: Byzantine Empire & Islamic Civilization - Chapter Summary

In these lessons, our professional instructors will prepare you for questions on the National Evaluation Series (NES) Middle Grades Social Science Exam about the Byzantine and Islamic civilizations. After going through these lessons, you should have a better understanding of:

  • The rise of the Byzantine Empire
  • Decline of the Byzantine Empire
  • Characteristics and icons of the Byzantine church
  • Islamic civilization
  • The Caliphates' progress and the spread of Islam
  • Cultural elements that brought the Islamic world together
  • Emergence and expansion of the Arab-Islamic Empire

These lesson videos are mobile-device compatible so that you can study them even if you are not at a computer. For an additional review of the material, read the lesson transcripts that are written overviews of the lessons. They identify the key terms and figures of the chapter. Once you've completed a lesson, be sure to test your understanding of the material presented in it by taking its quiz.

NES: Byzantine Empire & Islamic Civilization Objectives

When you take the NES Middle Grades Social Science exam, you will be asked to complete 150 multiple-choice questions in a three-hour testing session. The exam will assess your understanding of the social sciences. Of the questions on this computer-based certification exam, 50% will belong to the History content domain and will include questions about the Byzantine and Islamic civilizations.

7 Lessons in Chapter 4: NES: 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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