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M3 Discussion 1: The Development of Islam and Its Spread in Africa

Unlocked: Monday, October 25, 2021 12:01 AM MDT – Sunday, October 31, 2021 11:59 PM MDT.Subscribe


To study the ancient history of Africa is difficult due to a lack of written resources, but with the coming of Islam to the continent, the task became much easier. In this discussion, you will focus on the rise of Islam as a monotheistic religion and the rapid spread of Islam, particularly on the African continent.


Using at least one secondary source and your eText answer the following questions focusing on one of the African empires discussed in this module as an example:

  • How does the spread of Islam compare to the spread of previous religions such as Buddhism and Christianity?
  • What made Islam so appealing to different societies in West and East Africa? Why?

Make sure to incorporate historical evidence from the sources and source types noted in the prompt to support your points and use proper citations. You may use sources other than those found in the Recommended Resources, but you should write at least 300 words in your response.

Reply to at least two other students’ posts with substantive responses of at least 100 – 150 words, and be sure to reply briefly to your instructor as well.