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Chapter 4, Lesson 2: The Golden Age (pp. 85-91)

I. Islam Under Abbasid Rule

II. The New Capital of Baghdad
    A. A strong economy flourished in Baghdad based on agriculture and trade.

    B. The Abbasids developed a kind of banking system with uniform coinage.

III. Abbasid Culture
    A. The great wealth of the Abbasids produced a period of high achievement in the arts and learning from about 800 to 1000.

    B. Calligraphy, geometric and floral design, bookmaking, and literature all thrived during this time.

IV. Abbasid Achievements in Learning

    A. During the golden age of the Abbasid Empire, Islamic scholars made important advances in science, mathematics, law, and medicine.

    B. The Abbasid scholars translated foreign works, including those of the ancient Greeks and Romans.

V. A Divided Culture

    A. Political troubles hurt Baghdad's economy, and factions, such as the Fatimids, broke away from the Abbasids.

    B. Weakened by break-away factions, Baghdad fell to the Seljuk Turks in 1055.

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