Ch 32: Praxis Middle School Social Studies: Major World Religions

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Study this chapter to review the main world religions as part of your preparations for the Praxis Middle School Social Studies exam. These lessons aim to enhance your understanding of the role of religion in world history, a topic on which the exam may test you.

Praxis Middle School Social Studies: Major World Religions - Chapter Summary

This chapter will focus on major world religions to help you prepare for any related questions on the world history segment of the Praxis Middle School Social Studies exam. In these lessons, you will learn about potential origins of religion, and its role and impact on society and culture. Additionally, this chapter will provide you with information regarding the following aspects of major world religions:

  • The founding of Buddhism
  • The growth of Christianity following Constantine's conversion
  • The history of the Great Crusades
  • Ancient Israel's history and political development
  • Ancient Hebrews and ancient Egypt
  • Islamic civilization, its spread worldwide and the division between the Sunni and Shiite
  • The Wahabbi Movement, the Muslim Brotherhood, and Islamic fundamentalism

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13 Lessons in Chapter 32: Praxis Middle School Social Studies: Major World Religions
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What Is Religion? - Definition & Role in Society

1. What Is Religion? - Definition & Role in Society

This lesson will focus on the traits of religion. Using the works of Tillich and Noss, it will highlight religion's belief in the supernatural, its inclusion of a moral code, and its use of prescribed ritual acts.

Theories on the Origins of Religion: Overview

2. Theories on the Origins of Religion: Overview

This lesson will explore the many theories on the origins of religion. In doing so, it will highlight the works of Kant, Muller, Frazer, Marx and Freud. It will also explain animism and nature worship.

How Religion Contributes to Cultural Change

3. How Religion Contributes to Cultural Change

Religions have the power to dramatically change the culture around them and the people of a community. In this lesson, we'll look at three major examples of how history has been shaped by religion.

Gautama Buddha: The Founding of Buddhism

4. Gautama Buddha: The Founding of Buddhism

This lesson will explore the founding of Buddhism and the life of Siddhartha Gautama. It will also highlight nirvana, asceticism, the concept of a bodhisattva, and the Bodhi tree.

The Conversion of Constantine and the Ascent of Christianity

5. The Conversion of Constantine and the Ascent of Christianity

This lesson will explain the conversion of Constantine and the ascent of Christianity. In doing this, it will highlight the Edict of Milan and the famous Council of Nicaea.

The Great Crusades: History and Timeline

6. The Great Crusades: History and Timeline

This lesson examines the utter failure of the later crusades. We look at some of the factors that led to this failure. We then have a glimpse at each of the major crusades abroad, as well as the political and heretical crusades in Europe.

Historical Overview of Ancient Israel

7. Historical Overview of Ancient Israel

This lesson follows the history of ancient Israel from its earliest patriarch, Abraham, through the Egyptian period with Moses and finally to the establishment of the kingdom and rule of David and Solomon.

Ancient Hebrews' Movement to & from Egypt

8. Ancient Hebrews' Movement to & from Egypt

The Israelites may have been invited to Egypt under the best of circumstances, but left under some of the worst in history. This lesson explains both, as well as how the Israelites' religion became so durable in the face of such movement.

Israel: From Tribes to Kingdom

9. Israel: From Tribes to Kingdom

Within generations, the Israelites went from being sons of the same person, Jacob, to a kingdom with some of the greatest rulers in history. This lesson details how that transformation happened.

Islam Divides: The Sunni and the Shiite

10. Islam Divides: The Sunni and the Shiite

This lesson will seek to explain the divide between the Sunnis and Shiites of Islamic culture. In doing so, it will highlight the Prophet Muhammad, Ali, Abu Bakr, and the position of Islamic Caliph.

Islamic Civilization & Society

11. 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

12. 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 Fundamentalism and World Politics: Wahhabi Movement, Muslim Brotherhood & Jihad

13. Islamic Fundamentalism and World Politics: Wahhabi Movement, Muslim Brotherhood & Jihad

This lesson will seek to explain the impact of Wahhabism and the Muslim Brotherhood on Islam and the world's politics. In doing so, it will highlight the Koran and Sharia law and their influence in places like Egypt and Saudi Arabia.

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