Students will investigate the divisions within Islam (Sunni-Shia) and the Great Schism between Roman Catholic Christianity and Orthodox Christianity and their impacts.
- An Age of Expanding Connections, ca. 500 – ca. 1500
During the postclassical era, the growth of transregional empires and the use of trade networks influenced religions and spread disease. These cross-cultural interactions also led to conflict and affected demographic development.
Internal tensions and challenges grew as disputes over authority and power arose between and among religious and political leaders.