CSS Islamic History & Culture 2009



Q.1. Select the best option/answer and fill in the appropriate box on the Answer Sheet. (20)

(i) Spain was invaded in 711 AD by _________

 (a) Tariq bin Ziyad

 (b) Abd al Rahman I

 (c) Khalid bin Walid

 (d) None of these

(ii) The al-Qairawan in North Africa was founded in 670 AD by ________

 (a) Musa bin Nusayr

 (b) Suleman I

 (c) Uqbah

 (d) None of these

(iii) The conquests of Hujjaj in the East matched the Western conquests by ________

 (a) Musa bin Nusayr

 (b) Tariq bin Ziad

 (c) al-Mutawakkil

 (d) None of these

(iv) Abdul Aziz married Egilona, the widow of King Roderick, and named her _________

 (a) Umm-Asim

 (b) Umm-Kulsum

 (c) Umm-Hani

 (d) None of these

(v) The Umayyad dynasty was put to an end in the year ________

 (a) 661 AD

 (b) 750 AD

 (c) 770 AD

 (d) None of these

(vi) The Abbasid dynasty ruled for just over __________

 (a) Two Centuries

 (b) Three Centuries

 (c) Five Centuries

 (d) None of these

(vii) Baghdad was put on fire in 1258 AD by _______

 (a) The Umayyads

 (b) The Mongols

 (c) The Ottomans

 (d) None of these

(viii) Musa bin Nusayr was the Governor of _______

 (a) Egypt

 (b) Spain

(c) North Africa

(d) None of these

(ix) The fugitive Umayyad prince reached Spain in the year ________

 (a) 755 AD

 (b) 750 AD

 (c) 760 AD

 (d) None of these

(x) The last Umayyad ruler in 750 AD was __________

 (a) Hisham

 (b) Marwan II

 (c) Yazid III

(d) None of these

(xi) The name of the French King who attacked Spain in 777 AD was __________

 (a) Roderick

 (b) Charlemagne

 (c) Alfonso

(d) None of these

(xii) Ibn Khuldun is generally known as a ___________

 (a) Mathematician

 (b) Astronomer

 (c) Historian

(d) None of these

(xiii) The real founder of the Umayyad dynasty in Spain was ________

 (a) Tariq bin Ziyad

 (b) Moosa bin Nusayr

 (c) Abdur Rahman-I

 (d) None of these

(xiv) The Arabs invaded Spain in the year _______

 (a) 711 AD

 (b) 750 AD

 (c) 756 AD

 (d) None of these

(xv) Which Caliph recalled Musa bin Nusayr to Damascus _______?

 (a) al Walid-I

 (b) Abdul Aziz

 (c) Abdul Malik

 (d) None of these

(xvi) Who punished Musa bin Nusayr for invading Spain _________?

 (a) Sulaiman

 (b) Abdul Aziz

 (c) Amr Thaqafi

 (d) None of these

(xvii) After ruling over Spain for one year who refused to give turn to the Yamanites?

 (a) Abdur Rahman-II

 (b) al-Hakam

 (c) Abdur Rahman al-Fehri

 (d) None of these

(xviii) The new capital established by Abbasid in 835 AD is called ______

 (a) al-Mansurah

 (b) Samarra

 (c) Kufa / Basra

 (d) None of these

(xix) Abdur Rahman-II of Spain went out to receive a minstrel called _______

 (a) Khalid

 (b) Ziryab

 (c) Walid

 (d) None of these

(xx) Cordova and Baghdad served to the West as main centres for ________

 (a) Rivalry

 (b) Treasures

 (c) Learning

 (d) None of these


Q.2. Give an account of the conquest of Spain; who made it a stable and prosperous Muslim state? (20)

Q.3. What fate did Tariq Bin Ziyad and Musa bin Nusayr meet after their invasion of Spain? (20)

Q.4. Write a note on the Muslim’s contributions in Spain in natural or social sciences. (20)

Q.5. Write short notes on ANY TWO of the following: (20)

 (i) al-Hambra

 (ii) Cordoba

 (iii) Gibralter

 (iv) al-Qairawan

 (v) Mudarites

 (vi) Yamanites

 (vii) Abdur Rahman-I

 (viii) Hisham

 (ix) al-Hakam

Q.6. What is the historical significance of Samarra as Capital of the Abbasids? (20)

Q.7. How did Imam Malik’s Muwatta leave a strong impact in Spain, Discuss? (20)

Q.8. The scientific and literary progress of the Muslims in Spain and Baghdad laid the foundation of renaissance in Europe, discuss with evidence. (20)