As you read in this chapter, the Islamic religion began in western Arabia in 613 with the teachings of Muhammad. Islam grew rapidly, and within 100 years Islamic Arabs controlled an empire larger than that of the Roman Empire. During the Middle Ages, while European progress languished, Muslims, the name for followers of Islam, preserved much of the knowledge of ancient civilizations and made advances in medicine, astronomy, and mathematics. Today, Islam is second only to Christianity as having the largest number of followers. To learn about the fundamentals of Islam, go to the Islam Web site.
Destination Title: The Religion of Islam
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Start at the Religion of Islam Web Site.
- Click on "Islam" and read the information.
- Then click on "Pillars" and read this material.
- Browse through these pages. Read through the information and then answer the following questions.