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BEFORE YOU WATCH: The Emergence of Islam

Use the “Three Close Reads” approach as you watch the video below.
Use the “Three Close Reads” approach as you watch the video below (next in the lineup!). If you want to learn more about this strategy, click here.

First read: preview and skimming for gist

Before you watch, you should skim the transcript first. The skim should be very quick and give you the gist (general idea) of what the video is about. You should be looking at the title, thumbnails, pictures, and first few seconds of the video for the gist.

Second read: key ideas and understanding content

Now that you’ve skimmed the video transcript and taken a quick peek at the video, you should preview the questions you will be answering. These questions will help you get a better understanding of the concepts and arguments that are presented in the video. Keep in mind that when you watch the video, it is a good idea to write down any vocab you read or hear that is unfamiliar to you.
By the end of the second close read, you should be able to answer the following questions:
  1. According to the Islamic faith, who received messages from God?
  2. What are the five pillars of Islam?
  3. What are Hadith?
  4. How far did Islam expand in the first century after the death of the Prophet? How was this expansion achieved?
  5. How did Islam spread from 750 to 1700?
  6. What do most historians agree on about early Islam?
  7. What are important sources of Islamic history for Muslims?

Third read: evaluating and corroborating

Finally, here are some questions that will help you focus on why this video matters how it connects to other content you’ve studied.
At the end of the third read, you should be able to respond to these questions:
  1. Why do you think understanding Islamic history is important for practicing Muslims? In what aspects of your life is understanding history important for your own activities?
  2. In this video, Nate Bowling talked about different narratives about Islam that may be politically motivated. Can you think of a politically-motivated narrative about a religion that you have heard? Do you think this narrative is credible? Why or why not?
Now that you know what to look for, it’s time to watch! Remember to return to these questions once you’ve finished watching.

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  • blobby green style avatar for user AryiahM
    im hungry
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    what happened in Islam during the years 750 to 1700
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    • stelly blue style avatar for user ³oɔiiᴎ
      During the years 750 to 1700, Islam experienced a time of growth and change. The Abbasid Caliphate ruled much of the Islamic world, leading to a period of great cultural and scientific achievements known as the Islamic Golden Age. Trade flourished, connecting the Islamic world with other regions. However, political power became more decentralized over time, leading to the rise of various dynasties. The era also saw conflicts, such as the Crusades, which brought Muslims into conflict with Christians over control of certain territories. Despite challenges, this period left a lasting impact on Islamic civilization and its contributions to global culture and knowledge.
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    how long is the test
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