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Ch 4: NMTA: Byzantine Empire & Islamic Civilization

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Watch this chapter's video lessons to review the Byzantine and Islamic civilization topics covered on the NMTA Middle Grades Social Science exam. Short quizzes are also included to help determine when you're ready to move on to the next topic of instruction.

NMTA: Byzantine Empire & Islamic Civilization - Chapter Summary

Get ready to earn your New Mexico middle grades teaching license with the help of this chapter's history lessons on the development of the Byzantine Empire and spread of Islam. Short instructional videos and quizzes are designed to get you ready for NMTA social science test questions on the following topics:

  • Rise and fall of the Byzantine Empire
  • Characteristics and icons of the Byzantine church
  • Islamic culture and society
  • The spread of Islam and the caliphates
  • Establishment of the Arab-Islamic Empire

Focus your studies on Byzantine religion and society or spend time watching videos covering the cultural elements of Islamic civilization. The choice is yours with video lessons and quizzes that also let you set the pace of instruction.

NMTA: Byzantine Empire & Islamic Civilization Chapter Objectives

The NMTA Middle Grades Social Science exam measures the competency of applicants for New Mexico teacher licensure in this subject area and grade level. Around half of the exam's 150 multiple-choice questions cover history topics, which may include some on the characteristics of Byzantine and Islamic civilizations discussed in this chapter's lessons.

7 Lessons in Chapter 4: NMTA: 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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