Chapter 7 Abbasids - ARAB EMPIRE UNDER THE ABBASIDS Chapter 7 LESSON SUGGESTIONS Peoples Analysis Conflict Analysis Change Analysis Societal Comparison

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ARAB EMPIRE UNDER THE ABBASIDS Chapter 7 LESSON SUGGESTIONS Peoples Analysis Abbasid Empire Conflict Analysis Crusades Change Analysis Position of women in Abbasid society, India before and after Islamic spread Societal Comparison Abbasid Empire and nomadic groups Document Analysis Ibn Khaldun on the Rise and Decline of Empires Dialectical Journal Islamic culture Inner/Outer Circle In Depth: Conversion and Accommodation in the Spread of World Religions
Abbasid Dynasty (750-1258 BCE) Referred to as the Golden Age of Islam Broke down distinctions between Arab and non-Arab Muslims Moved caliphate capital to Baghdad (762 C.E) Became commercial center for trade between Europe, Asia, and Africa
Abbasid Dynasty (750-1258 BCE) Government Caliph became more of a king than a spiritual leader Diwan – council for advising caliph (did not speak directly with leader) Vizier – Prime Minister of the diwan
Abbasid Dynasty (750-1258 BCE) Important rulers (Caliphs) Abu al- Abbas – founder of the Abbasid Harun al-Rashid (r.786-809 C.E.) – moved dynasty in “Golden Age” Al-Ma’mun (r.813-833 C.E.) – built astronomy observatory in Baghdad and established foundation to translate classical Greek works
Golden Age of Islam Society Considered the most egalitarian of its time Ideal citizens – judges, merchants, and gov’t officials v. warriors Slavery was widespread – could not be Muslim. Most slaves served in the army
Golden Age of Islam Culture Arabs considered the heirs to remaining Greco-Roman culture Greek, Syrian, and Persian scientific and philosophical works were translated into Arabic and eventually found their way back to Europe Arabic became an international language

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