(first name last name) (teachers name) (Class) – (period) March 19, 2013 Why Did Islam Spread So Quickly? Islam originated in present day Saudi Arabia where the prophet, Muhammad, had been born. Islam would later be able to spread quickly through trade, the appealing nature of the Islamic faith, and military campaigns. In the “Arabian Peninsula Trade Routes” (Doc. A) it shows how Mecca was very busy with all kinds of trade. Since Mecca is where Islam would start in the upcoming years, traders would come and go taking the teachings of Muhammad with them.
Mecca was both the center of trade and the center of Islam which leads to the quick spread of faith through the many traders and merchants that traveled to Mecca to trade and left with the words of Islam. It would have helped if a journal of a merchant or traveler that went to Mecca around the time Islam had begun to rise had been included so that readers can see how the people back then took to the idea of a new belief such as Islam so the readers can get a better understanding as to why Islam spread. In Versus from The Qur’an (Doc.
B), the author, Muhammad used a didactic tone to show he believed in educating the people about Islam. This segment (Doc. B) was used to show the equality featured in the beliefs of Islam so that the “non-believers” would feel equal and would want to convert to Islam because of its appealing nature. The Qur’an helped spread the word of God by telling the way Islam should be practiced. Equality is what many people looked for and The Qur’an taught people how equality is the main part of Islam it helped spread it faster because people like to be equals and they also like harmony which is available in Islam. The Ghazu” (Doc. D) also helped in teaching others about the appealing nature of Islam by showing how Muslims are equal and they cannot attack each other. This would appeal to the nature of many citizens because it would extinguish any fear of war and it would ease any tension between any set of Muslim territories so that they can spend more time following the duties of Islam instead of worrying about war. While these people looked for peace, Islam welcomed them with open arms telling of equality and harmony.
This appealed to the people and thus led to more Islam believers by showing how peace and harmony was present in the ways of Islam. “The Ordinances of Government” (Doc. E) too helped with spreading the appealing nature of Islam by telling Muslims “the rules” of Islamic faith to prevent any accidental wrongful actions. This appealed to the people because they knew “the rules” so they could be true to the nature of their faith and they wouldn’t accidentally stray from the teachings of Muhammad.
Abu al-Hasan Al-Mawardi, the author, used an academic tone to show he believed in telling Muslims “the rules” about Islam so they would become better followers and make them happier so that they could help spread Islam quickly so that others could hear the teachings of Muhammad as well. It would have helped shed some light on the subject if there was a testimony available from the point of view of a Muslim in which he retells what he looks for in Islam.
This would help by seeing if these documents were getting their point across and hitting their target with the Muslims. Lastly, Islam spread quickly through military campaigns which is depicted in “The Spread of Islam (map)” (Doc. C) This map shows how the people that were conquered by the Muslims chose to convert to Islam because it was more convenient for them to convert to a new religion than it was to continuously pay taxes so they could follow their own religion. The Origins of the Islamic State” (Doc. F) also helped with the spread of Islam because in Circa 850 CE the Muslims were not able to protect the people of Hims because they were busy with their own war and the people of Hims converted to Islam so they could get protection. This boosted the numbers of the Muslims and it showed that many people converted due to war because it was more convenient to convert to Islam than it was to fight these large armies with no help at all.
Ahmad ibn-Jabir al-Baladhuri, the author, used a grim tone to help convey his belief of why the Hims converted to Islam instead of keeping their same belief. It would have helped convey the message of military conquest by getting a journal entry of a commander in the Muslim army so that inferences can be made on how the military made the conversion to Islam possible to so many “non-believers” so that readers can understand how this helped boost the Muslim population.
Islam spread quickly through trade because the many people that traveled to Mecca heard the words of Muhammad and they spread the word to others creating a domino effect with “non-believers. Islam spread quickly through its appealing nature too by telling Muslims of peace and Harmony and other things that appealed to the Muslims such as equality. Military campaigns helped spread Islam as well by forcing people to convert so they can avoid paying taxes and it was more convenient for these people to convert to Islam than it was to stay with the religion they had already.
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