“Islam”, Islamic History Sourcebook, Fordham University
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Lesson 9: Islam and Africa Learning Objectives
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Upon successful completion of this lesson, students should be able to:
Lesson 9: Terms to Know
Lesson 9 Thought Questions
1. Describe the many cultural influences related to the spread of Islam. How did these contribute to European knowledge? Give specific examples and results in your answer.
2. How did the movement of Islam into Africa transform the city-states and kingdoms there? Consider people such as Mansa Musa and the impact of trade on economics in your answer.
Lesson 9 Discussion
1. Read the overview of Islam in both your online content and from the link to the Internet history sourcebook in your syllabus. What was "philosophy" in Islamic culture? Note in your answer how it differed, in general, from the Greek concept of philosophy we discussed in Lesson 7.
2. Give examples of at least five cultural, artistic, and scientific works and discoveries that emerged from the Islamic world prior to 1600 (based on Online Content and your reading from the syllabus). Which do you believe to be the most significant, and why?
3. Compare and contrast the kingdoms of Ghana, Mali and Songhai. You may want to prepare a table or points in your analysis. Examine the economics, government, and culture (art and religion, for example) of each of these three powerful realms.
4. Who were the Bantu people? How did their migrations affect provide some commonalities for sub-Saharan African despite the diversity and lack of central authority in this large region?
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