How did Islamic civilization spread to encompass such an extensive empire? What practices or methods were used to spread Islam? I am in AP World History and cannot figure out how to do this thesis, and I need help with a thesis for a DBQ essay!  

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In order to respond to the prompt with a direct, concise thesis, I recommend "flipping" the prompt into a sentence starter. A strong thesis could begin, "Islamic civilization spread to encompass such a large empire through _________."

Although I don't have the exact documents you need to reference in your DBQ, there are some overarching ideas that will likely guide you in the right direction.

Religious and Political Conquest

As with most any civilization, Islamic civilization was significantly spread through military power. Strong armies, as well as a strong Muslim belief in spreading the faith, led to the conquering of many surrounding areas and lands.

Peaceful Conversion

While religious fervor was sometimes expressed through militaristic action, it could also be used for peaceful conversion. This brought many people (and their lands) into the empire.

Strong Governance

Islamic civilization was also known for having strong governments. These governments kept the empire stable while also...

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