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Medieval Middle East 11/02/2008 19:08:00 Beginnings of Islam – 7 th  Century Muhammad   prophet from a noble clan in Western Arabia C. 580-632 CE   founding and rise to Islam Mecca   Pagan Center. worshipped star goddesses Hijra of 622 to Medina   Muhammad immigrates to spread Islam Mohammad was an orphan   no political prestige. Member of “little sharks” but  weakest member. Mecca   had conception of Gods as not wanting much to do with them. Byzantine Empire and Iranian Empire were penetrating Arabia. Medina   Muhammad heard stories of prophets (such as from Christians and  Jews). Muhammad married a widow. In Arabia, women remained autonomous entities  and kept their property (different from Europe). Muhammad was not just interested in material things but was very spiritual.  Heard bell and words while meditating. “One God” complains that those in Mecan are partying and ignoring him.  Meccans were annoyed by the idea that  they were being called pagans
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they should give their money to the poor Not only were “Meccans going to hell” but so were their ancestors and lineage. 
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