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say that there was no overlap of religion, there was, but it was looked at as a problem in places. One of the areas with the most difficulties with religious differences was in the Middle East. Yes they all worshiped Allah and followed practices of Islam, there were strict borders and disputes between the two groups, Sunni and Shia. The two groups argued over whether the ruler must be of Muhammad’s blood line. The Sunni felt blood line was not necessary but the Shia felt strongly otherwise. Also in the mix was Sufism, the mystic Islamic religion. They felt that meditating was the way to reach enlightenment and they did so by spinning in circles. In China
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and Japan they followed either Daoism or Confucianism. Daoism was more following principles that bind life together more of a go with the flow people and Confucianism was founded on the values of ethic and good behavior. Then in India Buddhism was the most common felt that suffering was caused by desire and felt in order to reach Nirvana they must remove all sources of desire and want. Also the politics in all the areas was very different. In the Ottoman Empire Mehmed the Conqueror, after the taking of Constantinople, saw himself as the new Caesar. The Safavids leader took the thrown by force and the Mughals were conquerors in India. The Ming had power in China up until the mid 1600s, they felt that the emperor was given the thrown by the Mandate of heaven but unlike most states they had room for revolt in their political system. If the emperor was being unjust people could over throw and he’d lose the mandate. Around 1644 the Qing dynasty came in and took over the Ming’s land, unlike many conquerors they accepted many of the Ming law practices to keep the people happy and keep hold of the thrown. In Japan the Tokugawa family took control in 1602 to rid the country of the warring states. To stop samurai invaders they had a different family stay in the city of Tokyo for a year at a time as punishment. This practice was very different from many countries. As you see there are differences in the way different people work, rule and worship in different countries but overall the similarities out way the differences. People all over Afro- Eurasia had similar interests in their minds with every step they took in their rule or coming to power. II. Worlds Collide Why was 1492 a global political/social/economic/biological/cultural/communications revolution? Why did Europeans set out to explore the world? Why were they able to conquer the Americas and establish European Empires there? Where were the various European empires located in the Americas? How were they similar/different? To what potential sources of conflict did these empires give rise? How did Native Americans respond to this European challenge? When Christopher Columbus discovered the New World in 1492 there is no doubt that a huge wave of change came across the world. This discovery affected the entire world in some way, either culturally, economically, socially, biologically or any other change that may have occurred. Two of the largest effects that this exploration had on the world were proving that the world was round and opening many more routes for trade.
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