Chapter 27 Web Questions
Posted: June 17, 2012 Filed under: Web Questions
Here are some excellent questions on Chapter 27 of the Bentley & Ziegler textbook written by your classmate, Madiha Rao.
1) Akbar, the emperor of the Mughal empire (1556-1605) practiced the “divine faith” and encouraged his subjects to practice it too. How did the steppe traditions allow rulers of the Islamic empire to assert their own laws in the empires? Why did the steppe traditions create chaos in the empire? Why do you think these problems arose mainly with the successors of the empire rather than with the earlier rulers?
2) The Islamic empire largely chose to keep limited communication with Europe. They didn’t believe that they had anything to learn from the Europeans and allowed themselves to be influenced by a limited amount of European ideas. Would it had benefited their empire to keep stronger ties with the Europeans? Were the Islamic rulers justified in limiting their communications with Europe?
3) The empire was prosperous during the sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries but religious tensions contributed to the decline of the empire. Did these tensions affect the empire earlier? How was the decline of the Islamic empire illustrated by the battle on the plain of Chaldiran (1514)? How did the differing views on the role that women should play in politics lead to religious tensions?