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Islam, the Quran, and the Five Pillars All Without a Flamewar/Crash Course World History

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Islam, the Quran, and the Five Pillars All Without a Flamewar/Crash Course World History


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John Green teaches you the history of Islam, including the revelation of the Qu'ran to Muhammad, the five pillars of Islam, how the Islamic empire got its start, the Rightly Guided Caliphs, and more. Learn about hadiths, Abu Bakr, and whether the Ummah has anything to do with Uma Thurman (spoiler alert: it doesn't). Also, learn a little about the split between Sunni and Shia Muslims, and how to tell if this year's Ramadan is going to be difficult for your Muslim friends. Let's try to keep the flame wars out of this reasoned discussion.

Content Standard(s):
Social Studies
SS2010 (2010)
Grade: 8
World History to 1500
11 ) Describe early Islamic civilizations, including the development of religious, social, and political systems.

•  Tracing the spread of Islamic ideas through invasion and conquest throughout the Middle East, northern Africa, and western Europe
Unpacked Content
Strand: Geography, History, Civics and Government
Course Title: World History to 1500
Evidence Of Student Attainment:
  • Describe the spread and influence early Islamic civilizations.
Teacher Vocabulary:
  • Islam
  • Muslim
  • Muhammad
  • Quran
  • pilgrimage
  • Shiite
  • Sunni
  • caliph
  • mosque
  • minaret
  • oasis
  • Mecca
  • Medina
  • jihad
  • Sunnah
  • Shariah
  • Five Pillars of Islam
  • tolerance
  • calligraphy
Students know:
  • The influence of Islamic beliefs and philosophy on social, political, and economic development of early Islamic civilizations.
  • The ways Islamic civilizations and influence spread throughout the Middle East, northern Africa, and western Europe including through trade, invasion, and conquest.
Students are able to:
  • Analyze textual evidence of primary and secondary sources.
  • Locate places on a map.
  • Identify the effects of religious beliefs and practices on societies and political systems.
Students understand that:
  • There were important developments and influences from the early Islamic civilizations.

Alabama Alternate Achievement Standards
AAS Standard:
SS.AAS.8.11- Locate the Middle East and northern Africa on a world map, specifically, the Arabian Peninsula; list at least one religious, social, culture, or political characteristic of early Islamic civilizations.

Tags: Islam, Muhammed, Muslims, Quran, Ramadan
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Author: Ginger Boyd