Comparing and Contrasting the Byzantine Empire and the Dar Al-Islam

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McKenzie Langford 26 November 2012 Pd. 3- McCauley Comparing and Contrasting the Byzantine Empire and the Dar Al-Islam The Byzantine Empire and the Muslim World were both significant to Afroeurasia during the middle ages. Each had major effects on the surrounding areas, and continued to influence cultures around the world in the following years. The Byzantine Empire and the Muslim world shared similarities in their economics and cultural achievements; however, their religious views were both similar and different at the same time. In the Byzantine Empire, trade played a very important role in their economic system. These Romans traded across the revived silk roads and the Mediterranean Sea, which made Constantinople the center of commerce and wealth. Due to their highly developed structure, the Byzantines were able to develop banks and businesses. These advanced practices were integral to the empire’s success. Their agricultural strength was another component that added to the empire’s power. Trade was also important in the Muslim world. The Islamic people traded across the silk roads, linking once again China and the Mediterranean basin. Agricultural production would increase the amount of cities in the Arabs making refined business practices a necessity. This would cause the establishment of banks and the sakk, a forerunner of checks. Trade across the silk roads and Mediterranean Sea, agricultural success, and the establishment of advanced business practices in the Byzantine Empire and Muslim world show the similarities that both civilizations possessed. Today’s world is still influenced by the cultural achievements that the Byzantines and Muslims contributed to society. The Byzantine Empire valued education and set up state run schools for its citizens that studied the Greek classics. Architectural advances were also made through establishments like the

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