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Mini-Lecture Part 1 Islamic Art

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Mini-Lecture Part 1/ Islamic Art During the seventh century the forces of Islam burst across the Mediterranean world completely remaking the map. The Arabs had territories encompassing the Middle East. In the eighth century, the Islamic Empire held sway over North Africa and southern Spain. In 732 they were stopped by Charles Martel and were turned in defeat to return to Spain. There were periodic forays into France. Ferdinand and Isabella finally drove the Muslim forces from Spain in 1492. In the East, Muslim armies marched as far as the Indus River and held significant territory by 751. It wasn't until 1453 when Constantinople fell to the Ottoman Turks, that Muslim pressure on the Byzantine Empire
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Unformatted text preview: ended. This swift and complete conquest of these territories was not due To just superior military strategies. The Islamic religion had a great appeal to the millions of converts. The contributions of Islam to the body of world knowledge are unparalleled. Arab scholars translated classical philosophers and these translations were sent to the West. Arab scholarship also laid the foundations for arithmetic and astronomy; they made significant contributions to the study of medicine. Their art also created an enduring body of elegant design and decorative elements....
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