Why were the Abbasids successful? (make sure to compare them to other regimes!)
Compare and contrast the Seljuk conquests, the Mongol conquests, and the Crusades. Which invasion had a larger impact on the Middle East and why?
Based on what you have read, what is the impact of the Islamic religion on Middle Eastern culture and society? Should we call the culture and society that emerge in the Atlantic to Indus region “Islamic” or “Middle Eastern”?
n looking at al-Khatib al-Baghdadi’s work The Art of Party Crashing, do you think that the themes that al-Baghdadi expresses are typical of Middle Eastern thought in the Medieval period?