Which of the following might have been the most beneficial factor for the spread of Islam ?
A)Islam as a tradition was compatible with a trading culture
B)Islam was polytheistic, and therefore appealing to other cultures
C)Islam encouraged almsgiving and so was popular with poorer people
D) convert Islam was already the main religion of the Umayyad Caliphate, and so all citizens were expected to
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D. The Umayyad Caliphate was 7th largest state ever to exist. It's citizens readily adopted Islam.The Caliphate acted as a giant template for the religion.
Islam, in the tenth century, was the main religion, or at least, the religion of the majority of peoples in an area covering more than half of the civilized world stretching over three continents from the Pyrenees and Siberia in West and North Europe to the farthest end of Asia, up to China and New Guinea in the East; from Morocco in North Africa to the southern tip of Africa, covering two-thirds of the African continent. It is one of the most striking facts of human history that the spread of Islam over such a vast area took place within three centuries. Most striking of all, within half a century after the Hijra, Islam had already conquered the whole of North Africa from Egypt to Morocco, all the Middle Eastern lands from Yemen to Caucasia and from Egypt to the lands beyond Transoxiana. It was during the reign of the third Caliph Uthman, that the Muslim envoys reached the Chinese Palace where they were welcomed enthusiastically, an important event marking, according to the historians, the beginning of Islam’s entry into this country. There are many reasons why peoples have been, from past to the present, so ready to embrace Islam, those pointed out by Muhammad Asad, a Jewish convert to Islam, probably being the foremost: