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Lecture 1 Reading
The reading for this week will help you approach this topic though. For this lecture I've linked the first chapter of Hugh Kennedy's The Prophet and the Age of the Caliphates discussing the world on the eve of Islam. Yes, I'm sorry, there's reading and it'll only get worse from here, but you won't learn anything if I don't make you think
Once you're done please answer these questions and discuss them with your peers:
What were the two great empire that dominated the Near East on the eve of Islam?
What were the religions that they followed and how did this impact them?
What were the major events in both empires during this period?
Was this chapter helpful? What are your critical thoughts on the text and its quality? Does the author explain things well or are you left confused by it?
Discuss with your peers! What questions do you have after reading this that you'd like to be answered further?