Post Classical Islam

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Throughout the years of the post classical era, 500 through 1000C.E., the religions Islam and Christianity undoubtedly began to take shape. Although Christianity had already been established since the around 30 C.E., it wasn’t until the post classical era that it became a major religion thoughout western and eastern Europe. (Bentley 233) The Islamic faith on the other hand did not emerge until the year c.610 C.E. and developed as a major religion of the region throughout the time period. (Bentley 291) This was a time of a lot of power struggles and imperial rulers constantly fighting for dominance. Both religions helped create the world into what it is today, and some of the most important changes happened during this time. To look at these …show more content…
For is Islam, it was mostly the ruling style from each dynasty that helped the religion become so large. First, starting with the first leader Muhammad, who set the tone of expanding by the sword. After Muhammad claimed power for Islam over his tribal opponents, he set his eye on the next prize: claiming Mecca. After Muhammad took over the city, removed any pagan paraphernalia, and forced the cities officials to follow Islam, he then implied that the Ka’ba was only available to true and devout Muslims. (Bentley 295) After Muhammad’s death the following Dynasty was the Umayyad. Although the split of the faith into Sunni and Shia sects happened at the start of the Umayyad dynasty, it did not stop the leaders within that dynasty to make Islam more powerful. The Umayyad established a new capital in Syria, in the city of Damascus. By placing the new capital in a thriving city, it set-up the caliphate for better communication with the rest of the Islamic world. (Bentley 296) Lastly was the Abbasid Dynasty. Although the Abbasid was not known for the expansion of the empire, they did make sure in execute good administration of the lands that had already been conquered. (Bentley 298) Christendom on the other hand was not a new faith at this time and had been around for centuries. Even though the Roman empire lost a lot of land to the Muslims, the government moved the capital to the newly founded city of …show more content…
The largest obstacle was getting others to believe that their god, and doctrine was to the only true god and doctrine. Even today both faiths fight to show supremacy above other belief systems. During the post classical era, holy and secular wars were being fought to expand religious ideas as well as imperial territory. Today, Christianity and Islam are two of the most powerful religions in the world, and unfortunately wars are still being fought in their name. Perhaps war was needed in the past to attain the great power that these religions did, it is most unnecessary in today’s world. as the great Muslim poet Rumi said on the matter “Listen through the ears of tolerance. See through the eyes of compassion. Speak with the language of

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