Ch 9: The Spread of Islam & The Byzantine Empire

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Strengthen your knowledge of the way in which Islam and the Byzantine Empire expanded with this overview of Roman traditions, Muslim scholars, and more. These brief lessons are a helpful resource for individuals preparing for an exam or catching up in class.

The Spread of Islam & The Byzantine Empire - Chapter Summary

The lessons in this chapter provide an overview of the expansion of Islam and the Byzantine Empire. You can review the death of Mohammed and the reign of Justinian, and you can also gain a clearer understanding of the reason that the Byzantine Empire declined. After completing the chapter, you should be prepared to:

  • Detail the spread of Islam through Arabia, the Middle East, and Africa
  • Explain the divide between the Sunnis and Shiites
  • Recall how the Middle East became the heartland of an empire
  • Discuss the acceleration of learning through the Islamic world
  • Recognize famous emperors of the Byzantine Empire
  • Describe the battle of Adrianople
  • Explain what led to the fall of Constantinople
  • Discuss the fall of the Western Roman Empire

These lessons help you understand the spread of Islam and the Byzantine Empire, and our instructors provide plenty of helpful illustrations. You can study all the lessons in order, or just examine the topics you need to review. A short quiz is available for each lesson to test your knowledge, and you can print the quizzes and use them as a study tool.

8 Lessons in Chapter 9: The Spread of Islam & The Byzantine Empire
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The Spread of Islam and the Progress of the Caliphates

1. 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 Divides: The Sunni and the Shiite

2. 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

3. 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.

Muslim Scholars (750-1258 CE)

4. Muslim Scholars (750-1258 CE)

While Europe was in the midst of the Dark Ages, learning actually accelerated throughout the Islamic world. This lesson details how advances from Morocco to India to ancient Greece were adopted and improved upon by Islamic scholars.

The Byzantine Empire: History, Culture & Timeline

5. The Byzantine Empire: History, Culture & Timeline

In this lesson, you'll learn about the historical and cultural timeline of the Byzantine Empire and a bit about its famous emperors, Constantine and Justinian, seeing just how this 'New Rome' was established.

Justinian's Code of Law and Roman Emperors After Constantine

6. Justinian's Code of Law and Roman Emperors After Constantine

This lesson will highlight the emperors after Constantine. It will specifically explore the reign of Justinian and the famous Justinian code of law. It will also discuss the Apostate and the battle of Adrianople.

The Slow Decline of the Byzantine Empire

7. 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.

How the Byzantines Preserved Greek & Roman Traditions

8. How the Byzantines Preserved Greek & Roman Traditions

Although the Western Roman Empire fell in 476, its Eastern half survived for almost another thousand years. The Eastern Roman Empire, popularly called the Byzantine Empire, kept Greek and Roman culture alive.

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