The Middle Ages As A Long Period Of Darkness Essay

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Fifteenth century scholars describe the Middle Ages as a “long period of darkness” during which society made dramatic changes from the end of the age of Ancient Rome. During this “dark” time, an important number of religious changes and advancements were made. The Middle Ages are divided into three periods: the Early Middle Ages, the High Middle Ages, and the Late Middle Ages. The Early Middle Ages saw the rise of Islam and the effects it would have on Christianity. Throughout this time, Jews, Christians, and Muslims would learn to live and tolerate each other. During the Late Middle Ages, the power of the church started to decline and all three of these religions were officially established. The religion of Islam began in the Early Middle Ages and would have a significant impact Western civilization. Islam began around 610 BC and started with a man named Muhammad, who was a traveling merchant in the Arabian Peninsula. Muhammad had religious visions that he believed were direct messages and instructions from God. He claimed that these instructions were sent to replace those that were given by Abraham and Christ. He began to preach in Mecca, where he gained followers who followed him throughout the Arabian Peninsula. The only historical accounts of Muhammad were written by his followers about a century after his death. Muslim people take these accounts as truth and believe that the Qur’an is the direct word of Allah, which is the Arabic word for God. By 630, Muhammad had…

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