Social Studies - 2019-20

WHII.15b - Geographic Distributions of Major World Religions

The student will apply social science skills to understand the influence of Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Buddhism, and Hinduism in the contemporary world by

b) locating the geographic distribution of religions in the contemporary world


Adopted: 2015

BIG IDEAS

UNDERSTANDING THE STANDARD

Five world religions have had a profound impact on culture and civilization. These religions are found worldwide, but their followers tend to be concentrated in certain geographic areas.

ESSENTIALS

Geographic distribution of world’s major religions

 Judaism: Concentrated in Israel and North America

 Christianity: Concentrated in Europe and North and South America

 Islam: Concentrated in the Middle East, Africa, and Asia

 Hinduism: Concentrated in India but has spread to the West Indies, Europe, and North America

 Buddhism: Concentrated in East and Southeast Asia


KEY VOCABULARY

Terms:

Monotheism

Polytheism

Torah

Bible

Messiah

Qur’an (Koran)

Five Pillars

Reincarnation

Karma

Vedas

Four Noble Truths

Eightfold Path

Nirvana

People:

Abraham

Hebrews

Jesus

Allah

Muhammad

Muslims

Siddhartha Gautama

Buddha

Asoka

Places:

Middle East

Jerusalem

Saudi Arabia

Mecca

Medina

India

China

Updated: Jun 01, 2018