Islamic World 400 A.D./C.E.- 1500s

Documents for Unit 2 - Islamic Civilizations

Students will analyze the geographic, political, economic, social, and religious structures of the civilization.

Here were look at a series of civilizations that rose from nothing. We'll focus heavily on the Arabic empires that grew out of the harsh deserts of the Middle East. We will also touch on the empires of West Africa, Persia and Mongolia. We will constantly be asking how do empires expand?

Documents will be upload at the beginning of the unit.  Everything on this page is a link, you have to click on it to access the document, video or PPT. Thanks!


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Power point

Arabia Islam 1

Examines the geography and technology of Arabia.

PPT

Arabia Islam 2

Examines the background of Islam by telling the story of Muhammad. A very basic primer of Islamic beliefs is included.

PPT

Arabia Islam 3

Examines how Arabian technology made the desert livable and set them ahead of Europe in many ways.

PPT

This unit explores Arabia. The notes include information about the early polytheistic tribes as well as the later empires of Islam. It also looks into Islamic achievements in science such as the water wheel. 

Arabia Walkthru- A simple introductory worksheet based on the graphics in the book. 

I. Geography and Technology

a. Arabia, obviously, was greatly influenced by its geography so significant time is spent here. It also helps set the stage for the fact that this unit is not in Europe unlike all of them were first semester. This section uses a few clips from Lawrence of Arabia to give students a more lively sense of the area.

b. Arabia Walkthru

II. Muhammad and the Growth of Islam

a. Sets up the background of Islam by telling the story of Muhammad. A very basic primer of Islamic beliefs is included.

b. Culture Shock: Arabia

4 shocks are included here. 1 involves designing a home for a harsh environment. The 2nd is playing some Arabian math games. 3rd is a four quarters picture analysis. Finally there is a retelling of the story of Arabian Nights.

III. Technology

a. Examines how Arabian technology made the desert livable and set them ahead of Europe in many ways.

b. Lab - none.

History Labs: Culture Shock: Arabia