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Test date is November 6th.

Arabian Peninsula

a peninsula between the Red Sea and the Persian Gulf


a member of a nomadic tribe of Arabs


City in western Arabia; birthplace of the Prophet Muhammad, and ritual center of the Islamic religion.


Earlier name for the city Yathrib. Muhammad moved here from Mecca in the migration known as the Hijrah.


the Arab prophet who founded Islam (570-632)

Five Pillars

beliefs that all Muslims needed to carry out: Faith, Prayer, Alms, Fasting, and Pilgrimage

Abu Bakr

1st caliph. Father-in-law of Muhammad. A merchant. Spread Islam to all of Arabia. Restored peace after death of Muhammad; created code of cunduct in war; compiled Quarn verses


The community of all Muslims. A major innovation against the background of seventh-century Arabia, where traditionally kinship rather than faith had determined membership in a community.


the fourth caliph of Islam who is considered to be the first caliph by Shiites, Cousin and son-in-law of Muhammad,


the first dynasty of Arab caliphs whose capital was Damascus


inheritance of the right to rule


a member of the branch of Islam that accepts the first four caliphs as rightful successors to Muhammad


Non Arab Muslims


Capital of Abbasid dynasty located in Iraq near ancient Persian capital of Ctesiphon


a lateen-rigged sailing vessel used by Arabs

Harun al- Rashid

(786-809) He was the caliph of the Abbasid dynasty during its high point. He provided liberal support for artists and writers, bestowed lavish and luxurious gifts on his favorites, and distributed money to the poor and the common classes by tossing coins into the streets of Baghdad.


the rulership of Islam; caliph, the spiritual head and temporal ruler of the Islamic state

Gradual Disintegration

to decline in excellence, prosperity, health, etc.; deteriorate.

Civil Wars

Wars between citizens of one nation


Regional splinter dynasty of the mid-10th century; invaded and captured Baghdad; ruled Abbasid Empire under title of sultan; retained Abbasids as figureheads

Seljuk Turks

nomadic Turks from Asia who conquered Baghdad in 1055 and allowed the caliph to remain only as a religious leader. they governed strictly

Christian Crusaders

Determined to capture portions of Islamic world that made up Holy land of biblical times


primary written language of the later abbasid court


a mystical Muslim group that believed they could draw closer to God through prayer, fasting, and a simple life


the body of mullahs (Muslim scholars trained in Islam and Islamic law) who are the interpreters of Islam's sciences and doctrines and laws and the chief guarantors of continuity in the spiritual and intellectual history of the Islamic community


Central Asian nomadic peoples; smashed Turko-Persian kingdoms; captured Baghdad in 1258 and killed last Abbasid caliph


Mongolian ruler of Samarkand who led his nomadic hordes to conquer an area from Turkey to Mongolia (1336-1405)

Muslim invaders, traders, migrants

spread Islam throughout regions they traveled through

Muhammad ibn Quasim

Arab general; conquered Sind in India; declared the region and the Indus valley to be part of Umayyad Empire.

Muhammad of Ghazni

led a series of expeditions that began 2 centuries of Muslim raiding and conquest in northern India

Stateless Societies

cultural groups in which authority is determined by kinship instead of being exercised by a central government.


a family of languages widely spoken in the southern half of the African continent


the name of the Muslims from North Africa. They conquered and settled Spain. Their armies advanced north to Paris before being halted at the Battle of Tours in 732. Then they settled in Spain, where they helped form an extraordinary Muslim state in al-Andalus


a member of a Muslim dynasty of Berber warriors that flourished from 1049 to 1145 and that established political dominance over northwestern Africa and Spain


a Berber dynasty founded in the 12th century that conquered most of northern Africa


a holy war or struggle meant to spread or protect the faith of Islam


grassland with scattered trees; found in tropical regions of Africa, Australia, and South America

Early Christian Kingdoms

Kush, Axum, and the Ethiopian kingdom


an Egyptian language no longer used except in the services of the Egyptian Christian church

Sahel Grasslands

an extensive grassland belt at south edge of Sahara; became point of exchange between forests to south & north Africa


First known kingdom in sub-Saharan West Africa between the sixth and thirteenth centuries C.E.


The people who broke away from Ghana control and founded Mali in the 13th century User-contributed


Malinke merchants that formed partnerships or groups to carry out trade. They spread beyond Mali and throughout western Africa


Professional oral historians who served as keepers of traditions and advisors to kings within the Mali Empire


Mali's first great leader ; finishes of Ghana, takes over Kumbi and Mualeta, unifies empire, establishes a bureaucracy, encourages salt and gold trade

Ibn Batuta

Muslim traveler who described African societies and cultures. A sort of Muslim "Marco Polo"

Mansa Musa

this Mali king brought Mali to its peak of power and wealth from 1312 the 1337; he was the most powerful king in west Africa. Popularized Islam by making pilgrimmage to Mecca


City on the Niger River in the modern country of Mali. It was founded by the Tuareg as a seasonal camp sometime after 1000. As part of the Mali empire, Timbuktu became a major major terminus of the trans-Saharan trade and a center of Islamic learning

Sunni Ali

created Sunni Dynasty; rule lasted 30 years; many military campaigns/victories; conquered Timbuktu and Djenne, which gave Songhai control of trade; focus on trading empire

Muhammad the Great

Extended the boundaries of the Songhay Empire; Islamic ruler of the mid-16th century


An agricultural and trading people of central Sudan in West Africa. Aside from their brief incorporation into the Songhai Empire, the Hausa city-states remained autonomous


the code of law derived from the Quran and from the teachings and example of Mohammed


Previously known as Byzantium, Constantine changed the name of the city and moved the capitol of the Roman Empire here from Rome. Later became center of Ottoman Empire, now known as Istanbul

Hagia Sophia

Most famous example of Byzantine architecture, it was built under Justinian I and is considered one of the most perfect buildings in the world.


Byzantine emperor who held the eastern frontier of his empire against the Persians, codified Roman Law in 529; his general Belisarius regained North Africa and Spain (483-565)


Justinian's top general who reconquered much of Africa


Slavic kingdom established in northern portions of Balkan peninsula; constant source of pressure on Byzantine Empire; defeated by Emperor Basil II in 1014

Church Split Two Religions

split in 1054 due to controversy between patriarch and pope

Cyril and Methodius

Christian missionaries who tried to teach the Bible to Slavs in central and eastern Europe. Created Cyrillic alphabet.


an alphabet drived from the Greek alphabet and used for writing Slavic languages


followers of the first monotheistic religion. "People of the Book"

Kievan Rus'

A monarchy established in present day Russia in the 6th and 7th centuries. It was ruled through loosely organized alliances with regional aristocrats from. The Scandinavians coined the term "Russia". It was greatly influenced by Byzantine


Ruler of Russian kingdom of Kiev from 980 - 1015; converted kindom to Christianity

Russian Orthodox Church

an independent church with its own Patriarch in Russia


Vladimir's son became a Grand Prince in A.D. 1019. Under his rule, Kievan culture reached its peak. First library established and codified laws.


Russian landholding aristocrats; possessed less political power than their western European counterparts


Mongols; captured Russian cities and largely destroyed Kievan state in 1236; left Russian Orthodoxy and aristocracy intact


System that described economic and political relations between landlords and their peasant laborers during the Middle Ages; involved hierarchy of reciprocal obligations that exchanged labor or rents for access to land


In medieval Europe, an agricultural laborer legally bound to a lord's property and obligated to perform set services for the lord. Could not be sold or traded.


Heavy plow introduced in northern Europe during the Middle Ages; permited deeper cultivation of heavier soils; a technological innovation of the medevial agricultural system

Three-field System

1/3 of land left unplanted to regain nutrients


religious community of monks. Self sufficient. Improved agriculture, provided education and promoted literacy in Medival times.


King of the Franks (r. 768-814); emperor (r. 800-814). Through a series of military conquests he established the Carolingian Empire, which encompassed all of Gaul and parts of Germany and Italy. Illiterate, though started an intellectual revival

Regional Monarchies

regional kingdom


loosely organized system of government in which local lords governed their own lands but owed military service and other support to a greater lord


members of the military elite who received land or a benefice from a lord in return for military service and loyalty

William the Conqueror

duke of Normandy who led the Norman invasion of England and became the first Norman to be King of England. Defeated Harold the 2nd at the Battle of Hastings in 1066

Magna Carta

This document, signed by King John of England in 1215, limited the power a king could excersise over nobility and church


Bodies representing privileges groups; institutionalized feudal principle that rulers should consult with their vazzals; found in England, Spain, germany, and France

Expansionist Impulse

force behind the taking of Toledo in Spain


a series of military expeditions in the 11th, 12th, and 13th centuries by Westrn European Christians to reclain control of the Holy Lands from the Muslims

Investiture Controversy

Practice of state appointment of bishops; Pope Gregory VII attempted to ban the practice of lay investiture, leading to war with Holy Roman Emperor Henry IV

Peter Abelard

wrote about contradictory religious writings and author of "Yes and No"

Thomas Aquinas

Italian monk that taught at Univeristy of Paris. Put faith before reasoning. Wrote Summas.

Bernard of Clairvaux

challenged Peter Abelard. Believed reason was a distraction from faith


method used by Christian scholars to use reason to support Christian beliefs, especially in times of conflict between faith and reason.


the branch of Islam whose members acknowledge Ali and his descendants as the rightful successors of Muhammad

4th Crusade

the crusade in which the merchants of Venice took the city of Constantinople

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