Ch. 6 Guided Reading
Ch. 6 KI 1 Where are religions distributed?
(pgs. 168-178)
Must-know geography terms: universalizing religion, ethnic religion, branch, denomination, sect, monotheism,
polytheism, animism
Leading Questions
Skipped sections: none
Universalizing Religions
a. Christianity
b. Islam
c. Buddhism
d. Other Universalizing
Ethnic Religions
a. Hinduism
b. Other Ethnic
c. Judaism
d. Ethnic African
What is the difference between a universalizing religion and an ethnic religion?
How are individual religions classified or divided? Be able to define and provide examples
of this.
For Christianity be able to describe where are the followers distributed, how the
distribution of Christians differ on different continents, and what its main
branches/divisions are
For Islam be able to identify the Five Pillars of Faith, how many followers there are and
their distribution, as well as its main divisions
For Buddhism be able to identify the Four Noble Truths, where it is distributed, and how it
is practiced.
What are some other universalizing religions? Where are they?
For Hinduism identify how many followers there are and their distribution, and how their
religion is practiced.
For the other ethnic religions provide a brief description of the distribution and basic
beliefs of Confucianism, Daoism, and Shintoism.
For Judaism identify their followers and distribution, and basic beliefs (including
For ethnic African religions describe how many followers there are and some basic beliefs.
Ch. 6 KI 2: Why do religions have different distributions?
Must-know geography terms: missionaries, pagan, ghetto, pilgrimage (we will cover in class)
Skipped sections: Origin of Other Universalizing Religions (181). Diffusion of Other Universalizing Religions (184), all of
the Holy Places section (185-188) and the Calendar section (188-191)
Origin of Religions
a. Origin of Universalizing Religions
i. Origin of Christianity
ii. Origin of Islam
iii. Origin of Buddhism
b. Origin of Hinduism, an Ethnic Religion
Diffusion of Religions
a. Diffusion of Universalizing Religions
i. Diffusion of Christianity
ii. Diffusion of Islam
iii. Diffusion of Buddhism
b. Lack of Diffusion of Ethnic Religions
i. Mingling of Ethnic and
Universalizing Religions
ii. Judaism: An Exception
Leading Questions
For the origin of Christianity, Islam and Buddhism include
information about its founders, the location of its origin,
origin of its branches, and any historical context that
describes why it originated.
How does the origin of Hinduism differ from the
universalizing religions?
For the diffusion of the universalizing religions include any
terms that describe its diffusion (including diffusion types)
and explain the diffusion process in order.
Explain how ethnic and universalizing religions have
interacted/combined. Why has this occurred? What are
some examples?
Why is Judaism an exception to many rules of ethnic
Ch. 6 KI 3 Why do religions organize space in distinctive patterns?
NOTE: we will not take typical reading notes for this section; the information will be recorded on a worksheet that is to
be passed out in class.
Ch. 6 KI 4: Why do territorial conflicts arise among religious groups?
Skipped sections:
Must know geography terms:
Religion Versus Government Policies
a. Religion Versus Social Change
i. Taliban Versus Western Values
ii. Hinduism Versus Social Equality
b. Religion Versus Communism
i. Orthodox Christianity and Islam Versus the USSR
ii. Buddhism Versus Southeast Asian Countries
Religion Versus Religion
a. Religious Wars in Ireland
b. Religious Wars in the Middle East
i. Crusades Between Christians and Muslims
ii. Jews Versus Muslims in Palestine
1. Jerusalem: Contested Geography (case study on page 198)
2. Conflict over the Holy Land: Palestinian Perspective
3. Conflict over the Holy Land: Israeli Perspective
4. Building a Barrier in the Middle East (Case Study pg. 202)
Leading Questions
Why would religions conflict with a government?
For the Taliban section and the Hinduism section be able to describe the conflict as well as the
causes and effects of the conflict.
For the Orthodox Christianity/Islam versus USSR and the Buddhism example be able to describe
why communism conflicts with religion and what the communists have done or not done to cause
these problems.
What is fundamentalism? How does it cause conflict?
Summarize the causes and effects of the religious wars in Ireland.
What three religions are dominant in the Middle East? Why?
Explain the causes and effects of the Crusades.
Why do Jews and Muslims conflict in Palestine?
Summarize the main idea of the case study on Jerusalem.
What is the Palestinian perspective on the conflict? Who is considered a Palestinain?
What is the Israeli perspective on the conflict?
What is the green line? What is being built there? What has been the effect?