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Session 2. Comparing the Extent of the Islamic Empires

Everything occurs in both time and space. Throughout this course, students examined a variety of cultural groups who inhabited the same place at different times. How can we get students to develop understandings about the geographic, cultural, and economic forces that spur acquisition of territory? In this lesson, students examine a series of maps showing the territorial extent of each of the three major Islamic Caliphates. This examination, showing the same territory through different time periods, provides a springboard for analyzing historical factors underlying the territorial changes. Students also explore cultural, economic, and political factors that account for the changing borders as they match explanations associated with the changes in the maps.

Key Questions

  • How did the borders of the Islamic empires change through time?
  • What cultural, economic, and political factors account for the changing borders?

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