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Who were the Sassanians? Iran – West Asian history

By |2018-04-15T12:09:26+00:00September 14th, 2017|History, West Asia|

Ardashir, the first ruler of the Sassanians Rulers of the Parthian Empire In 211 AD, a group of Iranians called the Sassanians (the descendants of Sassan) took over control of the Parthian Empire from the Parthians. The Sassanians were proud of their Persian heritage, and they wanted to re-establish the borders of the old Iranian empire. This meant reconquering [...]

Hammurabi of Babylon – Mesopotamia – West Asian history

By |2018-04-25T23:49:52+00:00September 14th, 2017|History, West Asia|

Code of Hammurabi (1700s BC) About 1700 BC, a new king in Babylon pulled all the scattered cities of Mesopotamia back together into one empire. That's the Babylonian Empire. The king's name was Hammurabi. It's an Amorite name, so Hammurabi probably had Amorite ancestors. This is another episode in a regular West Asian cycle. Empires form under a strong ruler. [...]

Code of Hammurabi project – ancient West Asia

By |2018-04-25T23:41:44+00:00September 14th, 2017|History, West Asia|

Code of Hammurabi (1700s BC) Here are a few of the 282 laws of the Code of Hammurabi. Which of these laws do you think are good laws and why. Which laws would you change? Why? Write an essay, or discuss among your classmates. 3. If any one brings an accusation of any crime [...]

Madrassas – Islamic colleges

By |2018-04-09T10:35:29+00:00July 26th, 2017|Islam, People|

Shirij Madrasa, Fez, Morocco, about 1350 AD If you had done well at your maktab (elementary school), your parents might decide to send you on to a madrassa (high school and college) when you were about fourteen years old. That's the same age as most kids today when they start high school. (But Ibn Khaldun and [...]