Islam and Politics: Crash Course World History 216

Islamism, not to be mistaken for the religion of Islam itself, defines a government that uses Islam as its basis. A Crash Course World History video discusses the historical spread of Islam in context with the political presence of Islamism, and its relationship to the rise of Western nationalism.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Use during a social studies unit on world religions, or when providing a more thorough background to modern-day Islamic states
  • Ask the Muslim students in your class whether they agree with the video's representation of the history of Islam and its classification as a complete civilization and system of law
Classroom Considerations

  • References Crash Course's video on the historical spread of Islam
  • Requires background information on Islam and the spread of Islam throughout the Middle East
  • Concepts are sophisticated and sometimes erudite; best suited for older learners
  • Comment section is full of opinions about the Muslim community
Pros

  • A complex and well-considered look at Islamism as a political force
  • Compares the history of the early Islamic Empire to the rise of Western civilizations
Cons

  • None