BACKGROUND ON THE ARABIAN PENINSULA

Comprehension Questions:
  1. In two sentences, describe the location and topography of the Arabian Peninsula.

  2. Identify the different types of people who inhabited the Arabian Peninsula, and describe their relationship to one another. Role-play a conversation between a townsperson, a farmer and a nomad on a market day in one of the oasis towns.

  3. What role did trade play in Arabian economy and society, and why was the geographic location of the peninsula important for trade? What role did the monsoon play in bringing luxury goods to Arabia?

  4. What religious groups lived in Arabia before Islam?

  5. What activities and social values gave importance to the tribe of Quraysh at Makkah?

  6. On a map, locate the Silk Roads, and describe how they connected with northern Arabia.

  7. How might Arabia’s location between India, China and the Mediterranean affect the cultural life on the peninsula?



MAPS OF THE ARABIAN PENINSULA



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Map key: Trade Routes




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