Task: You are working for the US State Department, which decides the policy of the United States and foreign countries. The State Department is trying to figure what kind of relationship it should have with the North African country Algeria. The Secretary of State, John Kerry, has asked for a briefing about the history of Islam in North Africa, and what affect Islam has had on the area.
Arabia In the 600s CE, Islam began in Arabia, the region known today as the Middle East.
Islamic Empire Grows Islamic empires conquered land in North Africa and Southwest Asia during the 600s and 700s CE.
Spread of Culture The expansion of the Islamic empire spread Islamic culture to North Africa. Mosque in Cairo, Egypt Arabic writing in Morocco Muslim women in Africa
Arabic As Islam spread throughout North Africa and the Middle East, the language Arabic was also spread to these regions.
TTQA Where did Islam begin? Where did Islam spread in the 600s and 700s? What language spread to North Africa in the 700s?
Medicine, Science, and Math Islamic civilization became advanced in medicine, science, and mathematics. From an Ottoman manuscript, two doctors telling the pharmacist how to make different medicines
Arabian Traders Islamic culture also spread by trade. Traders from Arabia, known as Arabian traders, traveled to and from Europe, Asia, and Africa.
Technology During the 700s CE, Arabian merchants spread new technology among Asia, Africa, and Europe. Water pump created by Muslims, and found in Southern Spain, Europe
TTQA What areas were Muslims advanced in? How was Islamic culture spread, besides by conquering? What did Arabian merchants spread to Europe, Asia, and Africa.
Are there any examples of cultural diffusion from today’s lesson? What are they?
How did Islam spread? How were places affected by the spread of culture?