Through its History Questions, Explorers aims to highlight the multifaceted makeup of the Arab civilization. The questions comprise a mix of topics presented in a playful manner while revealing the widely spread geographic boundaries of the Arab World along with its people, religions, minorities, scientific discoveries,cultural milieus, and interaction with other civilizations.
In addition to the history element, the game includes Open Questions that allows for discussions and communication among the players over highly challenging topics.
Ancient Civilizations (20th Century B.C.- 4th Century B.C.): the main theme of the questions is Mesopotamian and Egyptian mythologies and religions. The era starts with the spread of writing until the death of Alexander the Great. This timeframe includes each of the Sumerian, Babylonian, Egyptian, Phoenician, and Canaanite civilizations. It also covers history of the Jews, the wars of Alexander the Great, and the rise of Zoroastrianism.
Hellenism & Byzantine (4th Century B.C. – 5th Century A.D.): the main theme of the questions is the hegemony of Hellenistic and Christian empires over the East. The questions include the rule of the Ptolemy’s in Egypt and the Seleucids in Syria and followed by the rule of the Romans to each of these regions. This period also covers the rise and spread of Christianity through the Byzantine Empire.
Early Islam (5th Century A.D. – 8th Century A.D.): the main theme of the questions is the rise and spread of Islam. This period starts with events prior to Islam and ends with the fall of the Umayyad Dynasty. The questions cover Arabia before the rise of Islam, the Islamic conquests, the spread of the religion, and the making of new societies.
Age of Discovery (8th Century A.D. – 12th Century A.D.): the main theme of the questions is the high cultural milieu that characterized the early period of the Abbasid rule in the East and the Umayyad rule in Andalusia. The questions cover the scientific discoveries and inventions and the innovations in art, architecture, music, literature, and philosophy.
Mamluks & Ottomans (12th Century A.D. – 19th Century A.D.): the main theme of the questions is non-Arab dynasties ruling the Arab-Muslim world. This period covers the rule of the Ayyubids, Mumluks, and Ottomans which also include wars against the Mongols and the Crusades. It also covers the making of new social systems and endless bloody internal disputes and external wars.
Modern Times (19th Century A.D. – 20th Century A.D.): the main theme of the questions is the beginnings of modernization in education, literature, music, transportation, media, and politics. This period covers the crumbling of the Ottoman Empire, rise of modern Arab States, and the oil boom.