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Unformatted text preview: Islam Part I Intro Long history of association with Western Civilization Religion of todays middle east; Christianity dominated the middle east until the rise of Islam 50% of the Middle east was still Christian by the time the crusaders came From the beginning, Islam was closely associated with the state, political movement from the beginning o As political as religious o Question- difference between how this started and Christianity, how did it evolve Islam= to submit oneself to God o One who does this is a Muslim Creed: there is no god but Allah and Mohammed is his prophet Mohammed believed it was the same god as the Christian and Jewish god Mohammed: Background to 615 AD Born 575 AD in Mecca o Mecca was a trading city o Boats from India would put their stock in warehouses in Mecca and then travel in caravans on land o Lots of goods are traded, as well as ideas o Mecca is basically a pagan city and pilgrimage center People came to worship magic stones...
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