Islamic empires 1: introduction

Last updated: 15/11/2023
Contributor: Chris terry
Islamic empires: introduction
Main Subject
Key stage
History: World history
Resource type
Concepts and methods

A snappy one-page introduction to the Islamic empires at key stage 3, answering the questions 'What were the Islamic empires' and 'Why did the Islamic empires spread?' After studying a map and a list of traded commodities, students respond to the interpretation question shown below.

It could be used as a starter and followed up with:


‘The Islamic empires were only a part of Arabia. They covered only one country and didn’t last very long. Also, they didn’t take anything from other countries.’

Do you agree with this statement? Is it convincing? If not, why not? Ensure that you use detailed historical examples in your answer.

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