Complete document for both sessions. This is large file and should be downloaded (right-click on link) and viewed in Adobe Reader.

Session 1. Exploring the Physical Environment of the Islamic World

As students examine physical maps, they assess the possibilities of geographic obstacles to the diffusion of Islam. They also explore connections among locations that are incorporated into the succession o fArab empires.Students tie events and locations together through the creation of an  annotated map based on selected events.The lesson concludes with an examination of a concentric circle map that provides a rough estimate of distances among the various locations.

Key Questions

  • How has physical geography influenced the expansion of the Islamic Empire?
  • Why and how did Islam diffuse so rapidly?

Note: The following files contain layered pdfs. In order to manipulate the map layers, you must download each file.


Lesson with attachments. This is a large file. You should download (right-click on link) and read in Adobe Reader.

Lesson without attachments


Using Layered Portable Document Files (pdfs)

WH1.8b Teacher Resources

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