you must do more than prove that you can summarize information. You must prove that you understand it, can synthesize and analyze it, and that you can reach your own conclusions. Focus on key themes and ideas and support your ideas with specific historical examples.
1. In what ways did the arrival of Islam change the political, social, and cultural conditions that had existed in the area before Muhammad? Compare the geographic expansion of Islam with that of early Christianity. How might the simultaneous presence of two such powerful religious faiths have affected the local culture?