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In what ways did Islam create the first “world civilization?”
How was Islam changed by contact with indigenous faiths in Africa & Asia?
How did Byzantium preserve & perpetuate the traditions of Rome?
What roles did commerce play in the transmission of faiths in the medieval era?
Compare and contrast administrative & political traditions in various regions of the world.
What was the position of women in the various societies under consideration? How did women like Empress Theodora of Byzantium make their mark on history?
How were scientific and technological ideas disseminated? What stopped their spread?
How did early Russian leaders see themselves with respect to Southern & Western Europe?
What role did the Catholic Church play in Medieval political & social life?
How did various rulers use religion to bolster their positions?
What were the effects of the Crusades in Europe & the Middle East?
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