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The Visogoth kingdom was well established and prosperous

Sociology

  • The Visogoth kingdom was well established and prosperous.  However, this kingdom had some weaknesses; one of them lay in their increasing oppression of the Jews, who were a recognized and influential segment of their population.  Visighotic kings passed laws against the jewish religion.
  • In the early 7th century, Spain was united under the Visigothic kings.  This means that the Goths (Visigoths) had replaced the old Roman system of provincial government with their own. The Visighothic kingdom was made up of various people who had settled there, including Greeks, Romans, Jews, Phoenicians, and Germanic tribes.
  • The Alhambra represented the high point of Moorish architecture and the ultimate expression of the Muslim ruler’s power in Spain.
  • The Reconquest—or recon quest—is when the Moorish slowly began to take back the rich lands of al-Andalus.
  • The Muslims called the Iberian Peninsula al-Andalus.
  • Unlike the Roman, the Visigothd never declared themselves Christians.
  • After the Recon quest, feelings of mutual goodwill between Muslims and Christians were evident and the Christians became a benevolent kingdom giving protection to everyone in the peninsula.
  • Muhammad believed that Jews had embelished the simple message of the Gospels by adding theologicals complexities, and Christians had ignored Jesus.
  • The Visigoths established their capital in Toledo, in the center of the peninsula (Spain). Toledo remained the political and intellectual capital of the Visigothic kingdom for centuries.
  • Muslims followed the Christian idea of filling their churches with images of God and his saints.
  • Muhammad said that only three Major Prophets had come before him:  Adam, Noah, and Abraham, and he acknowledged that each had brought truth.
  • In the year 810 (9th Century), a 40 year-old merchant from Mecca named Muhammad received a vision while resting in a cave:  he should be a prophet of his people.
  • The religion that Muhammad founded is Islam (which means "surrender to God"), and its followers are know as Jews and Christians ("those who submit").
  • The revelations that the prophet Muhammad received are collected in the Qur'an, which was written in Arabic.  Mohammad believed the God who spoke to him was the same God worshipped by Jews and Christians.
  • Muhammad believed that Jews and Christians could be united with the Muslim religion and become one strong religion.

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