WHAP – Mr.

Duez -- Unit 3 Age of Accelerating Connections, 500-1500 Chapter 11 The Worlds of Islam -- Afro-Eurasian Connections, 600–1500
“Islam was simultaneously both a single world of shared meaning and interaction and a series of separate and distinct communities, often in conflict with one another.”  What evidence could you provide to support both sides of this argument?

“Islam was simultaneously both a single world of shared meaning and interaction and a series of separate and distinct communities, often in conflict with one another.”  What evidence could you provide to support both sides of this argument?

At the core of a single Islamic world was a common commitment to Islam. The ulama through education and Sufis through their associations served to bind the Islamic world together. It also cohered as an immense arena of exchange in which goods, technologies, crops, and ideas circulated widely.

WHAP – Mr. Duez -- Unit 3 Age of Accelerating Connections, 500-1500 Chapter 11 The Worlds of Islam -- Afro-Eurasian Connections, 600–1500 “Islam was simultaneously both a single world of shared meaning and interaction and a series of separate and distinct communities, often in conflict with one another.”  What evidence could you provide to support both sides of this argument?

However, Islam was separate and distinct in that is was politically fragmented. It included numerous distinct and sometimes hostile religious traditions, including Sunni/Shia and ulama/Sufi splits. It embraced distinctive cultural traditions from subSaharan Africa and Southeast Asia that resulted in different attitudes toward social and cultural norms, such as those concerning women.