Islam And The Expansion Of Islam Essay

1667 Words Nov 19th, 2014 7 Pages
Islam started to spread in Africa through a number of factors, including external and internal forces. After analyzing the spread of Islam in Africa, there were three main themes that stood out during the expansion of Islam: spread of Islam through trade, through conversions conditions, and the desire of economic growth. These three themes provide great insight on how Islam started to spread throughout Africa. Through trade, culture and the religion of Islam were able to spread to many different areas because of the exposure to Muslim people. Trade correlated to the Islamic conversion since people started to adopt the Islam religion they were encountering through trade. As more people started to convert and Islamic states stated to develop the economy of the states started to advance. Analyzing these three themes will provide information on the expansion of Islam throughout Africa and how Islam influences the development of Africa.
By studying the religion of Islam in Africa, I noticed that the transaction of trade resulted in an exchange of religion. Gilbert and Reynolds stated that "trade brought more than salt it also brought Islam" (108). Through the process of trade merchants extended beyond their local area and were exposed to people of Islam religion. Through their encounter they were able to learn about the religion of Islam, which resulted in people converting to Islam or assimilating Islamic aspect of the religion to their own. The Trans-Saharan trade is an…

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