what came to be known as Andalusia (or al-Andalus). What was the result of the Jewish, Christian, and Muslim cultures interact ? (Ch. 10.2, 240-241)21.Beginning with Muhammad’s first wife, Khadija, women have often held influential roles in Islamic societies. Like their counterparts elsewhere, Muslim women often faced resistance from those who saw themselves as more appropriate choices for leadership positions. How did these malikas(queens) overcome the obstacles they faced to successfully lead their respective societies? (HINT: Look into Raziyya (Sultana of Delhi), Shajarat al-Durr, Hurrem Sultan (consort of Suleiman), Sayyida al-Hurra, and Arwa al-Sulayhi/Queen Arwa (Queen of Yemen).) (harder than it looks; not in textbook)22.Beginning in the 1300s, the Ottomans conquered land once ruled by the Byzantine Empire. By 1520 when Suleiman the Magnificent came to power the Ottomans ruled a vast, culturally diverse empire. How did the Ottomans keep their empire united? Focus BEFORE or around 1600. (Ch. 18.1, pp. 440-447)23.What were the most significant results of the Islamic Renaissance? You can focus on a particular thinker, topic- i.e. mathematics, or medicine- or a broaderexamination of the learning of the day. 24.What were the most significant factors that helped to create the Islamic Renaissance? Europe25.The early Crusades were destructive and divisive; they also increased contact between the Western Europeans and the Arabs of the Middle East. What ultimately were the most significant outcomesof the Crusades? You may consider how they affected one of the involved regions or a combination of the Middle East and Western Europe. (Ch. 14.1, pp. 341-347)26.Renaissance means “rebirth” in French. Were the art and literature produced during the European “Renaissance” a “rebirth of culture” or a continuation of Medieval art and literature? (Ch. 17.1-2, pp. 417-422)27.The Bubonic Plague traveled from China across the Silk Road through the Muslim world before arriving in Medieval Europe. While the plague devastated
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all of these regions, the better historical sources come from Western Europe. How did the plague change European society? (Ch. 14.4, pp. 357-359; Ch 11.1, p. 272)28.Despite being the minority in Europe for over a millennia, the Jews have retained their heritage. What were the most significant factors that enabled Jews maintain their own identity throughout the centuries? Focus your research on the time between the “Fall of Rome” (476) and 1600. (See “Jews” in the index) Sources for this topic can be difficult29.Charlemagne was the first Germanic king to conquer significant sections of Western Europe since the fall of the Western half of Rome. In an attempt to
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