Christianity and Islam Dbq

Jihad Shalabi
AP World History
Period 4
Wealth and Trade
From the origins of the religions to about1500, the two major religions of the world, Christianity and Islam, had different attitudes and beliefs concerning wealth and trade. Muslims approved of these while Christians did not. The way that these religions are similar when it comes to this issue is that they both view trade as a danger zone that contains possibilities of tricks and deception.   From the seven documents presented, it is clear that the attitude of Christianity toward wealth and trade gradually changed over time while the attitude of Islam toward these did not.  
The documents that show the condemnation of wealth and trade by Christians are the first, third, and fourth documents. The first document is an excerpt taken out of the Christian Bible about the sayings of, the founder of Christianity, Jesus. Jesus tells his disciples that it is extremely difficult for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God. This would make sense considering the fact that that his message was mainly aimed at, the majority of the people, the poor. The third document tells the story of a man who lives the life of a merchant. He would buy merchandise for a low price and sell it for a greater price elsewhere. Then, after sixteen years as a merchant, he decides to sell all his possessions and give to the poor. The document shows that a life without wealth is a better choice for the man instead of a life of a merchant. The fourth document is the sayings of a leading Scholastic theologian named Thomas Aquinas. He condemns trade because trade is about deceiving the seller into buying a thing for a greater amount of money than its actual price.
While the Christians condemned trade, the Muslims supported trade as shown in the second document. The second document is an excerpt taken out of the Quran speaking of the merchants. In the Quran, it says, “And give full measure when you measure out and weigh with true...