Islam Dbq Analysis

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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…show more content…
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 is partially true, not entirely. The Muslims killed polytheists for their faith. In document 3, basically, it says with very sophisticated words, that everyone [muslims] does the same thing by washing their hands and feet and praying. This is semi-tolerant because they didn’t require Christians and Jews to take part in prayer. Muslim territory was gained by long conquests into surrounding areas. In document 7, it says, “the movement acquired momentum as the warriors passed from victory to victory.” This means as they moved from battle to battle, they acquired momentum and the knowledge to win in battle. Document 8 is a map. It indicates that Muhammad conquered all of Arabia by 632. By 750, Islam conquered all of Persia, Egypt, Spain, and
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