• Students will be able to locate the Arabian peninsula, and identify important cities such as Jerusalem, Mecca, Madinah, Damascus, Baghdad, Constntinople(Istanbul), Cairo etc
  • Students will be able to describe the basic beliefs of Islam and their relationship to Muslim life and culture
  • Analyze the spread of Islam


1. View the following.

Identify the regions in which Islam developed and spread

2. Read and Mark-Up Islamic, Beliefs and Practices
Take notes on 5 Pillars of Islam. For each pillar, explain its meaning, its relationship to the Qur'an, the Sunnah, or the Hadith, and how it builds a sense of community. What do the 5 Pillars tell us about Islam?

3. Based on the ESPIRIT notes you took on pre-Islamic Arabia - How did Islam appeal to Arabia?

4. Watch and take notes on Empires: Islam

5. ESPIRIT notes on Abbasid Era

6. Islam Project

7. How did the spread of Islam lead to the development expanded international trading newtworks?