Sharmin SultanaBand GDBQ: ISLAMIC CIVILIZATIONS- ITS CONTRIBUTIONS TO WORLD CULTUREPART A- Document 1: What were the reasons for Muslim interest in learning? The Muslims were interested in learning because it benefited them in many ways. If physicians were knowledgeable, they would be good at treating the ill. Knowledgeable mathematicians and astronomers could calculate the times of prayer and the direction of Mecca. As you can see, knowledge can sometimes save lives and sometimes can aid you in following your religion so Muslims tried to learn as much asthey could so they could benefit from it.Document 2: What conditions in Cordova does this author cite as evidence of the high level of Islamic civilizations and scholarship? This author cites that the Islamic capital of Cordova had “37 libraries, numberless bookstores, 800 public schools… and a total population of 300.000.” This quote is evidence of the high level of Islamic civilizations and scholarship because it shows the refinement and luxury people were living within. The author also compares these streets to those ofParis and London by comparing that while people in Cordova walked on paved stones, Parisians andLondoners were walking on paths made of mud. This shows the advancement of the city unlike most others of that time. Document 3: What does this document tell you about Muslim medical knowledge? This document tells us that Muslim medical knowledge was advanced and influential to the other geographical territories at this time. The Muslim texts such as the Comprehensive Bookby al-Razi and The Canon of Medicineby ibn Sina had valuable medical information and the Europeans wanted them. Though they had to translate it first, these texts were used by future centuries for their benefit in medicinal situations.How did it impact Western civilizations? Muslim medical knowledge impacted Western civilizations because it was a vital reference source that was used many years after. It was influentialto doctors of Europe in the past and is influential to all doctors and scientist today.Document 4: What is the importance of these mathematical advances? These mathematical advances were very important because they are the basis of the advanced algebra that we have today. If it weren’t for these mathematical advances we wouldn’t be learning about it in school and applying it to our daily lives unless some other person in history came up with the concepts of algebra.How did these developments impact Western civilizations? The Western civilization is impacted
Islam Dbq Essay
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Why Did Islam Spread So Quickly?
Islam originated in present day Saudi Arabia where the prophet, Muhammad, had been born. Islam would later be able to spread quickly through trade, the appealing nature of the Islamic faith, and military campaigns.
In the “Arabian Peninsula Trade Routes” (Doc. A) it shows how Mecca was very busy with all kinds of trade. Since Mecca is where Islam would start in the upcoming years, traders would come and go taking the teachings of Muhammad with them. Mecca was both the center of trade and the center of Islam which leads to the quick spread of faith through the many traders and merchants that…show more content…
While these people looked for peace, Islam welcomed them with open arms telling of equality and harmony. This appealed to the people and thus led to more Islam believers by showing how peace and harmony was present in the ways of Islam.
“The Ordinances of Government” (Doc. E) too helped with spreading the appealing nature of Islam by telling Muslims “the rules” of Islamic faith to prevent any accidental wrongful actions. This appealed to the people because they knew “the rules” so they could be true to the nature of their faith and they wouldn’t accidentally stray from the teachings of Muhammad. Abu al-Hasan Al-Mawardi, the author, used an academic tone to show he believed in telling Muslims “the rules” about Islam so they would become better followers and make them happier so that they could help spread Islam quickly so that others could hear the teachings of Muhammad as well. It would have helped shed some light on the subject if there was a testimony available from the point of view of a Muslim in which he retells what he looks for in Islam. This would help by seeing if these documents were getting their point across and hitting their target with the Muslims.
Lastly, Islam spread quickly through military campaigns which is depicted in “The Spread of Islam (map)” (Doc. C) This map shows how the people that were conquered by the Muslims chose to convert to Islam