Wednesday, December 04, 2013

History Timeline: World Religions Conquest Map

A brief time-lapse history of religious rule and expansion from 3000BC to present day; Hinduism, Judaism, Buddhism, Christianity, Islam. Enjoy the map and music. Beautifully made.
For some reason I have not thought much about the expansion of Christianity from the Mediterranean north in Eurasia, nor the expansion of Christianity into Sub-Saharan Africa, the Americas, Australia and New Zealand in the Colonial period.

I tend to have thought about the conflict between Christianity and Islam in terms of the Crusades in the Middle East and the Reconquista but not much in terms of the boundary between the Christian south and Muslim north in Africa -- which of course has been violent and in the news lately.

The boundary between Islam and Hinduism, especially now between India and Pakistan is put into better light by this video.

Of course, this doesn't show the divisions within religions -- Roman versus Greek and other Eastern Catholic churches and Protestantism, Sunni versus Shiite, etc.

Still the obvious thing shown by the video is that certain religions have spread very widely, and very fast in terms of human history.

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