how might you compare the Classical civilizations of Mesoamerica and the Andean civilizations of South America with the Islamic culture?

From 1000 to 1500 C.E., the Islamic world expanded across the Mediterranean region through Northern Africa to Spain in the west, east across the Arabian peninsula to India, north through Central Asia and as far south as Ethiopia in eastern Africa. On the other side of the world, the Mesoamerican city states were flourishing: Mayan, Toltec and later, the Aztec societies, as well as the Andrea culture in South America, dominated the regions with massive stone architectural structures as business, religious and governmental centers.

  • Thinking about these two diverse world societies developing at the same time across centuries, how might you compare the Classical civilizations of Mesoamerica and the Andean civilizations of South America with the Islamic culture?
  • What similarities do you recognize?
  • What differences are evident?

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