Ch 5: NYSTCE Social Studies: Islamic Civilizations

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Review this chapter to learn about the origins and development of Islamic civilizations in Africa and the Middle East. A careful study of these lessons will help you prepare for the world history questions on the NYSTCE Social Studies exam.

NYSTCE Social Studies: Islamic Civilizations - Chapter Summary

In this chapter you will be exposed to the history of the growth of Islamic civilizations as part of your studies for the questions pertaining to world history through the year 1500 on the NYSTCE Social Studies exam. These lessons will detail the following aspects of the history of Islamic civilizations:

  • Mohammed and the founding of Islam
  • Spread of Islam throughout West Africa and the Middle East
  • Growth of African Muslim states
  • Role of the Trans-Saharan caravan trade in the spread of Islam
  • History of southern Africa

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7 Lessons in Chapter 5: NYSTCE Social Studies: Islamic Civilizations
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Mohammed and the Birth of Islam

1. 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 Spread of Islam and the Progress of the Caliphates

2. 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.

Islam's Spread in West Africa

3. Islam's Spread in West Africa

This lesson explains the gradual spread of Islam into West Africa. In doing so, it discusses the influence of the Berbers and the trans-Saharan caravan trade of the Saharan region.

The Rise of Muslim States in Africa

4. The Rise of Muslim States in Africa

In this lesson, you will explore the rise of Islam in Africa and discover how Muslim states grew in size and power. Then, test your understanding with a brief quiz.

The Trans-Saharan Caravan Trade, Religion & Culture

5. The Trans-Saharan Caravan Trade, Religion & Culture

This lesson explains the history of the trans-Saharan caravan trade. We highlight the Berbers, the role of the camel, and the introduction of Islam to West Africa.

Trans-Saharan Trade & West African Sudanic States

6. Trans-Saharan Trade & West African Sudanic States

In this lesson we explore the beginning, height, and decline of the trans-Saharan trade and the various states in West Africa which thrived off the trade.

Southern Africa, Great Zimbabwe & the Gold Trade

7. Southern Africa, Great Zimbabwe & the Gold Trade

In this lesson, you will explore the history of Southern Africa and the significance of major cities like Zimbabwe to ancient trade networks. Then, test your understanding with a brief quiz.

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