Continuity and Change in the Arab Muslim Conquest
The paper should be 2-3 pages long, double spaced in a reasonable font. CHICAGO STYLE/USE FOOTNOTES. Be sure to use footnotes or endnotes to cite your sources. The paper should have a clear thesis that answers the question asked. You should use evidence from the texts:
Remember that the goal of this paper is to practice supporting your answer to the question asked with the sources that we have read in this class.
Background: Using the primary and secondary sources provided write a 2–3-page paper on the following: All of your sources focus on the transition from Late Antiquity to Islam. The secondary sources (Avni, Hoyland, and Sean Anthony’s introduction to Ibn Rashid) focus on the methodological issues facing historians working on this period and on the different theories that modern historians have come up with. The primary sources divide into sources that focus on the pre-Islamic period (Procopius, the Book of Arda Viraf, and the Ode of Imru al-Qays), sources that focus on religious issues related to the earliest period of the Islamic religion (The Quran, Ibn Rashid) and sources that focus on the political aspects of the late antique/early Islamic period (Sebeos, Baladhuri, and the Medieval Iberia Documents) (there is some overlap with Sebeos).
USE THE DOCUMENTS: Expeditions AND COMPARE IT TO Medieval Iberia Documents TO ANSWER THE FOLLOWING QUESTION:
The Question: Based on these sources, to what extent do the Arab-Muslim conquests bring about a dramatic cultural change from the century before and to what extent do these developments represent a continuation of historical processes that were already under way?
Hint: The question implies that both continuity and change are happening, so you should just assess how much of each one- you don’t need to say that only one is happening.