HIS 111
Unit 9:  Islam and Empire 

Dome of the Rock
The Dome of the Rock in Jerusalem is an Islamic shrine, not a mosque, built between 687 and 691 CE. Muslims believe that the rock in the center of the dome is the spot where Muhammad, with the angel Gabriel, ascended to meet God. Jews and Christians believe this spot is where Abraham almost sacrificed his son Isaac; photo courtesy C. Wayne and Dorothy Miller. See some other photos of Islamic architecture.
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What you must do in this unit What you can do in this unit
  • You may listen to some further information about Islam from my HIS 101 course.
Some videos that you can watch for this unit
  • See the videos dealing with Islam in the HIS 101 course.
  • For extra credit please suggest to your instructor a relevant video for this unit of the course. Send the title of the video, the URL and a brief explanation of why you find the video interesting and applicable to the material that is being studied in this unit.
Extra Credit Options
  • For up to 25 points of extra credit, find three reputable websites that contain useful information about the early history of Islam.  In about one page, summarize the information contained on each website and explain why these websites are both useful and credible.
  • For up to 20 points of extra credit, submit the Hadith paragraph.
  • For up to 10 points of extra credit, read the excerpt by Ibn Abd-el-Hakem on the Islamic Conquest of Spain and write a long paragraph in which you examine some of the reasons for the successful Islamic conquests.
  • For up to 10 points of extra credit, read the Pact of Umar, from the seventh century, and comment, in a paragraph, on the nature of Muslim-Christian relations.
  • For extra credit up to 5 points, we are collecting pictures of McDonalds restaurants from locations around the world (not in the US) for some remarks about the spread of pop culture in the world. If you are willing to send any photos (It must be a photo that you have taken yourself.), you will receive credit if we use the photo. Please attach the photo to an email to Professor Evans at cevans@nvcc.edu.
Unit Learning Objectives
  • Upon successful completion of this unit, you will be able to (1) explain the development of Islam as a world religion and (2) summarize the key features of early practice of Islam.

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