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  • Why Islam spread so rapidly
    • Byzantine Empire wasn't as strong as it appeared - imposed heavy taxes and had very little support in these provinces
    • Sassanian and Byzantines had just ended debilitating war in which they had lost support of Arab fighters
    • Arab soldiers who were left on edges of empires knew empire's military techniques - joined Muslim army
    • Arabs forced to leave Arabia because Ridda wars left trade in ruins
    • Islam had a dynamic impact on Muslim soldiers - Qur'anic belief that those fighting Jihad will go straight to heaven
    • Arab generals mastered new military technique of cavalry and rapid communication and established garrissons
    • Taxes lowered; civil service retained; no land taken from owners; Jews and Christians allowed to worship - seen as liberators rather than conquerors


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