Discussion: Byzantium and Islam

Discussion: Byzantium and Islam

Module 5: Discussion: Byzantium and Islam


To compare and contrast Iconography within Medieval Byzantine Empire and early Islam


The theme of this module’s discussion board is religion.Readings

Please read the following:

Ten Commandments download Preview the document
Council 754 download Preview the document
Shirk in Islam download Preview the document
Five Pillars of Islam download Preview the document


  • Citing evidence from the section on Iconoclasm in Chapter 11 of the textbook, the Ten Commandments, the Five Pillars of Islam, “Shirk” in Islam, and the Iconoclastic Council, 754, what do Judaism, Christianity, and Islam have in common, why might Byzantine Christians have begun to urgently focus on this common tenet in the 8th Century, and what was the result?

When you have completed your response, please respond to at least one other classmate’s post. You can engage in friendly debate or add additional analysis and points to your classmate’s post.

Note: You will not be able to view your classmates’ posts until you make your first post.

Your initial post should be at least 250 words in length, but not exceed 500 words. Your response to your classmate’s post should be at least 2-3 substantive sentences.


  • This discussion board assignment is worth 100 points.
  • Students are only required to complete FOUR of the Discussion Boards for their grade. Students may choose to complete ANY four of the seven Discussion Boards to complete this requirement. Additionally, students may choose to complete a fifth Discussion Board for extra credit. See the Rubric below for a detailed explanation of how this discussion will be graded.
  • Discussions are worth 25% of the overall grade.
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