The Rise and Spread of Islam

1129 WordsJun 24, 20185 Pages
The Rise and Spread of Islam The world you once knew is falling to ashes and food is become such a scarcity that people are fighting over a few pieces of bread. The political class is too busy fighting among themselves to care for anyone else. Children are roaming the streets and begging for work to feed their dying, hungry stomachs. This is not a scene from a horror movie, but rather the reality of the beginning of post classical era. In these times of hardship the people turned to a higher power, which resulted in a religious boom. The main religion during the post classical era that had the greatest impact on people was Islam due to Muhammad, trade routes, the Black Plague, conquests and Islamic culture. The prophet Muhammad had a…show more content…
The perspective on the plague that the Islamic people had led to more respect for the religion as well as many more followers. Along with the plague, the various conquests also played an important role in the spread of Islam. Some regions that were conquered by the Arabic Empire were: Sub-Saharan Africa, Central Asia, India, and parts of South-East Asia. These conquests led the Arabic Empire to control these regions and led to the spread of Islam. For instance, they enforced a tax on Christians and Jews, which resulted in many converts to Islam to avoid this tax. However, the people who kept belief in other religions other than Christian, Jewish, or Islamic, they were given an option to convert to Islam or sentenced to death which led to more converts of Islamic belief as well. Furthermore, this influence and many people converting led to a chain reaction in which more people were converting. Similarly, according to the article, “The Spread of Islam,” Islam was able to spread in Central Asia due to “force and persuasion.” Even though in many nations the religion of Islam was forced, it was a beneficial factor for the spreading of that religion rather than a negative one. For instance, in “The Spread of Islam,” they mention how Islam became appealing to many people due to the fact that the conquering of other nations displayed victory and power for
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