Black Plague Dbq Analysis

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Once upon a time a plague appeared in faraway China which was very well known as the Black plague. The black plague enjoyed traveling overseas; living in the stomach of fleas who lived in the fur of rodents who sometimes liked getting a little fancy by claiming humans as their new hosts. This all lead to the birth of an epidemic that was the most damaging phenomenon in history. This plague obviously affected a lot of people specifically the 2 major religions in Europe and the Middle East around the mid-14th century. Catholics and Muslims had many responses that included blaming others for the cause of the plague, taking religious engagements and also taking actions that didn’t involve religion. So were the decisions made by the Catholics and Muslims different, similar, or somewhere in between? The decisions made by both religions where very different. …show more content…
In document 4 Christians claim that they “know that whatever we suffer is the just reward for their sins.” However Muslims believe that “a Muslim should devoutly accept the divine act”. We can declare this as a difference because it shows how Christians believed that the plague was a punishment for their sins opposite from the idea of the plague being a blessing which came from the Muslims point of view. We can see more evidence in document 2 where we can see Mortality estimates for England and the Middle East. In Europe we can see “45% death rate for Parish priests and a 44% death rate for Monks and monasteries.” In the Middle East death rates did not include priests, monks, or monasteries. Most of the population in Europe was Christian and from the death rates we are able to conclude that because of religious practices they were more vulnerable or exposed to the plague unlike the Middle east population; mostly Muslim which brought them no death rates that could be related to religious