The Islamic Empire
After the formation of Islam, it took 3-4 centuries to work out the structures of the religion. One of the first things that happened was the creation of Islamic law. The empire was based on the religion and surrounding cultures. As the empire expanded, lands were divided into different political entities. The Sunnis and the Shiites began to form; they originally branched off over conflicting opinions on who Muhammad’s true successor was. The trading system caused the Islamic Empire to become very wealthy. Nomadic tribes from the steppes invaded the Islamic areas between 1,000 and 1,450, but eventually settled down and converted to Islam. One of these groups, The Seljuk Turks, controlled the trade routes among Asia, Africa, and Europe.
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