Discuss the rise of religious civilizations

1. Discuss the rise of religious civilizations during the period from 650 to 1500 CE. Which civilizations developed and why would we call them religious? Why were the Americas an exception to this pattern?
2. Discuss the rapid rise and spread of Islamic civilization. What cultures contributed to it? How was it able to spread so quickly?

3. Discuss the idea that India in this period (650 CE to 1500 CE) became a “syncretic” society while China became a ‘synthetic” one. What cultural elements are blending in each case? How did they interact differently in the two areas?

4. How and why did empires develop in the Americas during this period?

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