Dbq for Ss Essay

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From the period 632 to 750, the Islamic Empire spread from the Arabian Penninsula to Europe, Africa, and Asia. Islam is a montheistic religion that encourages conversion. The religion of Islam began with the prophet, Muhammad. Muhammad introduced the teachings of Islam, and his followers spread his message after his death. While expanding the empire, Muslims used methods such as war, conquest, and most of the time, tolerance, to spread and strengthen Islam. War was an important way of Muslim conquest and expansion. For example, tIn document 1, the author says, “I will fight against you and take captive your little ones and slay the elder...” In this document, it states that, in simplest terms, they will kill (or capture) the most defenceless people. In document 2, it says “Ye shall do battle with them, or they shall profess Islam.” This document is saying, If you start war to defend your religion, you will be honored in heaven. In document 4, it says,”All the nations of the franks trembled as that terrible army... attacked Tours.” This is bias because the author calls the Muslim army a “terrible” army. Tolerance expanded the empire to great extents. Tolerance made their army very strong and large. In document 5, it says, “Muhammad respected the older monotheistic faiths.” This means that Muhammad was tolerant to whom he called, “people of the book”. In the document, it also says,” they were not forced into Islam but were allowed to retain their ancestral religion on payment of tribute.” This means that they had to pay a tax in order to keep their religion. Muslims were not allowed to force people of the book to convert. In document six, it says, “Islam never interfered with the dogmas of any moral faith, never persecuted.” This is basically saying they never punished anyone about their religion, as long as they pay the tax on a free religion. While this

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