The Influence Of Islam In The 7th Century

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Throughout history, religions come and go. Many fail to see more than a few followers, but many prosper. In the case of Islam, it ascended the reach of any of the religions before it. Possibly the circumstances in which it formed could have been a factor leading to its success. No matter the reason why, the eminence of the religion can’t possibly be ignored. The emergence and spread of Islam in the 7th century CE can be considered a major turning point in history due to the religion’s impact on culture, government and role in unifying diverse peoples across Afro-Eurasia.

Islam as a whole developed much differently than any other religions previously. In most cases an empire is born first, and then a religion is used to back that empire. However, in the case of Islam, the religion was born before it was tied to any empires or dynasties. Perhaps this is why the influence of this religion was as massive as it was. With the major goal of unity, Islam was able to spread out from Arabia to the Africas and as far as Southeast Asia.

Before the emergence of Islam in the 7th century, Arabia was home to groups of quarreling tribes with extremely varying cultures. These tribes would often raid caravans traveling through the desert, and would rely on this practice to sustain themselves. The Persian and Byzantine empires
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Well established hierarchies, or the caste system, which already existed since 1500 BC were what controlled India in almost every respect, whether it be government, culture, or economics. The force that Islam would need to take over such a well-rooted culture would have to have been massive. Islam aimed to create unity and egalitarianism, the opposite of what the caste system stood for. Reversing the culture of people who have lived that way for thousands of years would be a daunting task, nonetheless, the influence of Islam never
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