WHMarch8th2007 - [BLOCK: F March 8, 2007 DUSTIN LEE] Social...

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March 8, 2007 [ BLOCK: F DUSTIN LEE ] Social Classes - People enjoyed a certain degree of social mobility, the ability to move up in social class - People could improve their social rank through religious, scholarly, or military achievements - Slavery was a common institution in the cities of the Muslim world o Slaves were brought from conquered lands in Spain, Greece, Africa, India, and Central Asia o Muslims could not be enslaved - If non-Muslim slaves converted to Islam, they did not automatically gain their freedom, but their children did - Slaves of rulers sometimes rose to high positions in government, and a number of caliphs were the sons of slave mothers - Islamic law encouraged the freedom of slaves An International Trade Network - Between 750 and 1350, merchants built a vast trading network across the Muslim world and beyond, spreading Islam peacefully in their wake - Muslim traders traveled the Silk Road from China - Monsoon winds carried Arab ships from East Africa to India - Extensive trade and a prosperous money economy led Muslims to pioneer new business
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This note was uploaded on 09/21/2011 for the course BIOG 1110 taught by Professor Randywayne during the Spring '09 term at Cornell.

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WHMarch8th2007 - [BLOCK: F March 8, 2007 DUSTIN LEE] Social...

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