You need to start thinking of religion a bit differently from here on. Yes, you need to know the tenets of each religion and a little of the history behind it. BUT, from here on: we need to look at religion in terms of GEOPOLITICS (how places interact with one another). Look at the map below, you can see the conflicts happening just from the Belief Systems. Without any political borders, you can see the Ottomans vs. Safavids or Spanish vs. Native Americans or the Northern Europeans vs. Southern Europeans. Notice that several of the religions from earlier in history have now fractured… there are 3 MAJOR BRANCHES OF CHRISTIANITY NOW! There are even more divisions than this, but the College Board seems content with keeping Buddhism and Hinduism as monolithic belief systems. Below, are the belief systems of the Early Modern Period…
Below are the specific KEY CONCEPTS that apply to this sub-unit:
In some cases, the increase and intensification of interactions between newly connected hemispheres expanded the reach and furthered development of existing religions, and contributed to religious conflicts and the development of syncretic belief systems and practices.
The Protestant Reformation marked a break with existing Christian traditions and both the Protestant and Catholic reformations contributed to the growth of Christianity.
Political rivalries between the Ottoman and Safavid empires intensified the split within Islam between Sunni and Shi’a.
Sikhism developed in South Asia in a context of interactions between Hinduism and Islam.
CLIP #1: SUNNI/SHI’A SHORT FILM (Conversation between a Sunni man and Shi’a woman..)
CLIP #2: OTTOMAN vs SAFAVID RIVARLY
CLIP #3: SIKHISM (from the A VERY SHORT INTRODUCTION book series)
CLIP #4: GOLDEN TEMPLE of AMRITSAR Revealed
CLIP #5: PROTESTANT REFORMATION (from CRASH COURSE World History)