Nadiah Abdul Khalil
The Byzantine Empire
- Thodosius II
The Sassanian Empire
- Three thrones: emperor of China, great
khagan and Roman emperor
- Persias religious leader: Zoroaster
Roles of Violence in the Sassanian Empire and Pre-Islamic Arabia
The perception of violence in the Sassanian Empire or among the tribes of pre-Islamic Arabia
is not the same as that of modern society. Violence does not play a valued role in
Personal Conversion Narratives in Islam
The modern perception of conversion of religion is not the same as that of the old,
orientalist view where conquered tribes were forced to convert at the tip of a sword. The
definition of conversion t
Benefits of the Trade How the Exchanges
spread of teachings of Merchants in a
What kind of
Research Question: Comparison of the role of violence between the Sassanian Empire and PreIslamic Arabia
- the difference in the connotation of violence today and in the past
- what we find morally wrong today was right in the past
VII. Bedouins and Purity of Lineage (14th-c. text)
The author allows it to seem as if Bedouins had superiority among the
nomadic peoples of pre-Islamic Arabia. The tone of the authors passage resembles a
similar tone to that of Ibn Khaldun in The Muqaddim
IV. Two Hadiths on Transmitting Hadith
The author uses an anecdote to show that there is a significant difference in the
reports by Abdullah ibn Umar and Abu Hurayrah, without having to critic the hadith
on his own. The author shows that the slightest cha
1. My people made fate their henchmen
And strode across the peaks of epochs.
They swathed their heads with the sun
And built their houses with the stars.
My forebear was Chosroes, of the towering palace
Who among men has a forebear like mine?
1. Explain the mainstream Islamic legal position on birth control in the middle
ages? How did Muslim jurists evaluate the practice? What do these
discussions (and positions) reveal about their views of gender roles?
Unlike modern times, people who were en
1. How did the 11th century Turkish (Seljuk) invasions differ in character and outcome from
the conquests of the Arabs four centuries earlier (i.e. in the 7th century)?
The Saljuks were tribal nomads that lived in the outskirts of the Islamic lan
Nadiah Abdul Khalil
March 8, 2012
Islamic Societies Midterm
I. On the attributes of a (hadith) Transmitter (ca. 800 A.D.)
The author establishes the qualities of a good hadith transmitter. By creating a list of attributes,
the authors tone seems didactic.