Meaning of the word "Islam":
Submission (to the will of God).
A member of this religion is called a "Muslim."
Founded by Muhammad, in Arabia, (c. 570-632 C.E.)
Sources and Documents for Beginnings of Islam:
Qur'an ("The Recitation")--Sacred scripture of
Hadith: ("Reports") --Other records of the sayings and deeds of Muhammad and early
Muslims, evolved over centuries.
- Contains thousands of pieces of historical and biographical information.
- Unreliable as historical documents: much of the material is suspect.
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