Describe the origins and basic beliefs of Islam, including
Muhammed, the Quran, and the five pillars of Islam. To what
extent does this tradition fit the model for a universalizing
- Trace the process, including jihad, by which Islam expanded
from a new, localized religious tradition on the Arabian
Peninsula to a dominant political power in western AfroEurasia. How did that expansion require a balancing act
between political powers authority?
- Although the Abbasid dynasty brought a great degree of
integration across western Afro-Eurasia, what were some of
the regional distinctions as well as internal divisions?
- Identify some of the distinctive features of Christendom in
western, northern, and eastern Europe. Compare the Roman
Catholic Church and Greek Orthodoxy.
- Analyze the impact of the Vikings in this period of world
history, both in Europe and beyond.