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 religion
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.