Option 2: After the fall of the Western Roman Empire, cities in Western Europe shrank dramatically and in some cases vanished altogether. In the Byzantine Empire, cities also shrank, although not to the extent that they had in Western Europe. In the Muslim world, however, cities did not shrink, and indeed, cities in the Middle East and North Africa prospered in what historians often refer to as a golden age of Islam. Why might cities have shrunk drastically in Western Europe, shrank somewhat in the Byzantine Empire, but prospered and grew in the Muslim caliphates? Your answer needs to be at least two paragraphs long and you need to respond to at least two other students’ posts. Remember to cite any outside sources! Unlocked: Monday, March 6, 2017 12:00 AM EST - Sunday, March 12, 2017 11:59 PM EDT If I lived in the ninth century and had to choose a non-dominant religion, I think I would choose to be a Jew in the Byzantine Empire. Although both options do sound horrible and both had it very bad Jews were viewed as second class citizens under the Justinian Code. While both lived with their religion practices being restricted it seems that the Christians had it the worst. It seems that being a Christian under the Abbasid Caliphate would have meant living daily in fear under the pact of Umar. Christians were less than second class citizens they were to be ghosts and in no way interfere in any Muslims life. In fact they were to be open to give anything and everything up to a Muslim at any moment from the seat they are sitting in to their home and food.
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