In which era did Islam dominate?
Where are the teachings of Prophet Muhammad recorded?
According to the Koran, who is considered the last of a line of prophets?
Which superpowers dominated the West Asian region?
What religious basis did the Byzantine and Sassanian Empires have?
The Rise of Islam in World Civilizations and Cultures
- Islam is the most recent of the world religions and dominated the Middle Ages
- It originated in the teachings of prophet Muhammad, who received a series of revelations recorded in the Koran
- Islam drew from Judaism and to a lesser extent, Christianity
- The Koran asserts that Muhammad is the last of a line of prophets including Adam, Abraham, Noah, Moses, and Jesus
- The West Asian region was dominated by the Byzantine (Graeco-Roman) and Sassanian Empires, constantly at war with each other
- The Byzantine Empire was Christian, while the Sassanian Empire was Zoroastrian
- Iranians followed various religions including Christianity, Manichaeism, and Buddhism
- In Iraq, Judaism and Christianity were prominent
- The Byzantine and Sassanian Empires extended from Central Asia to Southern Spain
- Differences in religious basis and constant war characterized the two superpowers
- The birth of Islam occurred during a time of significant geopolitical and religious dynamics in the West Asian region
- The rise of Islam marked a significant shift in the religious landscape of the Middle Ages
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