HIS 342 HIS342 Week 1 DQ 1 The Gunpowder Empires (Ashford)
HIS 342 Week 1 Discussion 1 The Gunpowder Empires / THE MIDDLE EAST
The Gunpowder Empires [CLO: 1]. 1st Post Due by Day 3.
Prepare: Read the following from The Modern Middle East: A History:
Chapter 1: From Late Antiquity to the Dawn of a New Age
Chapter 2: Gunpowder Empires
In addition, watch Islam: Empire of Faith – The Ottomans.
Reflect: From 622-1500 C.E., Muslim civilization expanded out of the Arabian Desert and eventually dominated
areas of West, Central, and South Asia, North and Sub-Saharan Africa, and significant sections of Western and
Eastern Europe. How were the Ottomans and Safavids similar to earlier Muslim Civilizations? How were they different?
Write: After reading the text and the film explain, using specific examples, how the Ottomans and Safavid Empires were able to control such extensive territory. What new military techniques mentioned in the film did the Ottomans use? Please discuss your reaction to the video in your answer.
Your initial post should be at least 250-300 words in length. Support your claims with examples from required material(s) and/or other scholarly resources, and properly cite any references.
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