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HIST 113: Islamic Civilization
MID-TERM STUDY GUIDE
The Mid-Term for HIST 113: Islamic Civilization on Friday February 19 will consist of two parts:
1. One short essay (3-5 paragraphs)
2. Six short identification questions (1 paragraph each)
Part I: Essay Question (4 pts)
Write a short essay (3-5 paragraphs) in response to the following prompt. Be sure your essay
contains a strong thesis statement backed up by direct evidence from materials we have discussed in
What are the major legacies of Mongol rule in the Islamic world? Based on your reading of
Jack Weatherford’s Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World, describe the major
features of the Mongol Empire and how the Pax Mongolica shaped Islamic history. You
should refer to arguments and ideas in Weatherford’s text, as well as primary sources, films,
and lectures in your essay.
Part II: Short Identification Questions (6 pts)
In Part II, You will be asked to identify and give historical context for six key terms and figures
from the first half of this course. The expectation is that you can tell me what each of these are, and
how they are significant in connection to major historical themes in Islamic Civilization. Those six
terms will be selected by the instructor from the list below.
A strong answer will include the following:
(a) A concise definition of the term/figure (including time and place when applicable).
(b) A long paragraph (5 sentence minimum) relating this term/figure to broader historical
(c) Reference to evidence and supporting arguments from our course readings.
Ibn Ishaq’s Sirra
Islamic Law (sharia)
ʿAli (ibn Abi Talib)
People of the Book
Dome of the Rock
Shahnameh (Book of Kings)
The major legacies of Mongol rule in the Islamic world
The Mongol rule taught some basic principles of ruling in the Islamic World. It emphasized on
the importance of religious principles and offering justice to the people of other religions who
had been conquered by them. The Mongol rule also showed the right method of redistribution of
wealth. It directed people towards the concrete steps of equality, justice and prosperity. The
PaxMangolica gave a stronger foundation to the history of Islam because it gave the Islamic
world firm rules related to war, equality, economics, religious tolerance and justice.
According to Jack Weatherford’s “Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World”, the
great ruler, Genghis Khan gave the Islamic rule a firm foundation for 150 years and more, and
even after the collapse of the empire the descendents ruled smaller empires for seven centuries
(p. 15-16). The proof of the sincere rule of Genghis Khan can be seen in the way he lived and
died. As compared to the other great rulers, Genghis Khan did not die suddenly of odd reasons
and circumstances, but he died at a ripe age of 70 he passed away peacefully surrounded by his
friends and loved ones who would give their lives for him.
Genghis Khan and his army were called as “butchers” and “thieves” by the civilized world and
also under the Pax Mangolica, but they were the Mongols who were striving hard for peace.
They were right to a certain extent, but the Mongol army changed the face of war and the
warfare tactics. The Mongol army used innovative techniques to fight the armored European
knights. Surprise attacks were his forte, and he also taught his army to fight campaigns over
years and over long distances.