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UNIT 7: The Spread of Religions

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Unit 5. Early Belief Systems

How did people begin to understand themselves in relation to the natural world and to the unseen realms beyond, and how was religion a community experience? In this unit, animism and shamanism in Shinto are contrasted with philosophical and ethical systems in early Greece and China, and the beginnings of Zoroastrianism, Hinduism, and Judaism. It is related to Unit 7 because it provides the context in which Buddhism, Christianity, and Islam emerged. more »

Unit 9. Connections Across Land

How were land-based trade routes conduits of both commerce and culture? The Eurasian Silk Roads, the trans-Saharan Gold Roads, and the Meso-American Turquoise Road trace the transmission of commodities, religions, and diseases, as well as the movements of people. This unit is related to Unit 7 because it demonstrates the ways the major world religions were transmitted from place to place by trade routes. more »

Unit 12. Transmission of Traditions

What are traditions and how are they transmitted? Islamic Spain, Korea, and West Africa provide examples of many different modes of transmission, including oral, written, artistic, and architectural. This unit is related to Unit 7 because it documents an example of the spread of a world religion — in this case, Islam — to Spain. more »

Unit 26. World History and Identity

How have global forces redefined both individual and group identity in the modern world? This unit examines the transnational identity that emerged from the Chinese diaspora, and compares it to a newly re-defined national Chechen identity forged through war with Russia. It is related to Unit 7 because it explores the ways that a world religion — in this case, Islam — can be transformed under the impact of globalization. more »





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