Topic 8 Assessment

  1. Analyze the Influence Write a paragraph analyzing the influence of human geographic factors trade with East Africa as described by Ibn Battuta in his travels. What part did Islam play in Battuta's travels? According to the map, what was the scope of his journeys? What does the excerpt from his book state about the importance of human relationships and integrity in trade?

    “…we sailed for fifteen days and came to Maqdashaw [Mogadishu], which is an enormous town. Its inhabitants are merchants… When a vessel reaches the port, it is met by sumbuqs, which are small boats, in each of which are a number of young men, carrying a covered dish containing food. He presents this to one of the merchants on the ship saying “This is my guest” … Each merchant on disembarking goes only to the house of the young man who is his host…the host then sells his goods for him and buys for him, and if anyone buys anything from him at too low a price, or sells to him in the absence of his host, the sale is regarded by them as invalid.”

    —Ibn Battuta, the Rihlah

    A map shows the journeys of Ibn Battuta, from 1325 to 1333.
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  2. Describe the Major Effects and Summarize Changes Write a paragraph describing the effects of the Mongol invasions from the 1200s to the 1400s in Europe and southwest Asia, including changes to the Islamic world. Consider the impact of the destruction of Baghdad and the conversion of Mongol rulers to Islam.
  3. Describe the Spread Write a paragraph describing the spread of Islam. Include information on the origin of Islam in the early A.D. 600s, monotheism, Islam in Medina, and the growth of the Muslim empire.
  4. Explain Influences Write a paragraph explaining how Islam influences law and government in the Muslim world. Consider Islam's dual role and the influence of the Sharia. Can laws that apply religious principles to criminal and civil law be subject to interpretation?
  5. Identify Major Causes and Effects Write a paragraph identifying major causes and effects of the Umayyad caliphate on Europe. Consider the Arab empire's expansion into Europe, how a unified Islamic state came to be, characteristics of rule in Spain, and the significance of the battle of Tours.
  6. Describe the Spread and Explain the Impact Write a paragraph describing the spread of Islam in Spain under the Umayyad caliphate, and explain its political and social impact. What was the impact on the arts, learning, and architecture? What was the Muslim policy toward Jews and Christians?
  7. Explain the Impact Write a paragraph explaining how Islam affected life in southwest Asia. Consider the impact of the unification of the Byzantine and Persian empires. How did Islam spread, and how did it influence business practices?
  8. Identify Major Causes and Effects Write a paragraph identifying the impact of the Umayyad caliphate on Africa in the 700s. Consider the expansion of Islam into North Africa. What was the status of conquered people, and why did many people convert to Islam?

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Table of Contents

World History Topic 1 Origins of Civilization (Prehistory–300 B.C.) Topic 2 The Ancient Middle East and Egypt (3200 B.C.–500 B.C.) Topic 3 Ancient India and China (2600 B.C.–A.D. 550) Topic 4 The Americas (Prehistory–A.D. 1570) Topic 5 Ancient Greece (1750 B.C.–133 B.C.) Topic 6 Ancient Rome and the Origins of Christianity (509 B.C.-A.D. 476) Topic 7 Medieval Christian Europe (330–1450) Topic 8 The Muslim World and Africa (730 B.C.-A.D. 1500) Topic 9 Civilizations of Asia (500–1650) Topic 10 The Renaissance and Reformation (1300–1650) Topic 11 New Global Connections (1415–1796) Topic 12 Absolutism and Revolution Topic 13 The Industrial Revolution Topic 14 Nationalism and the Spread of Democracy (1790–1914) Topic 15 The Age of Imperialism (1800–1914) Topic 16 World War I and the Russian Revolution (1914–1924) Topic 17 The World Between the Wars (1910–1939) Topic 18 World War II (1930–1945) Topic 19 The Cold War Era (1945–1991) Topic 20 New Nations Emerge (1945–Present) Topic 21 The World Today (1980-Present) United States Constitution Primary Sources 21st Century Skills Atlas Glossary Index Acknowledgments