A random quiz website but interesting: http://highered.mcgraw-hill.com/sites/0072957549/student_view0/chapter14/interactive_map_quiz.html
MV: This isn’t really a news article but actually a piece of Islamic History which we will be most likely be posting every now and then.
Growth of Islam
During the early 7th century CE, Arabia was primarily a polytheistic society, comprised mainly of Bedouins. Bedouins were traditionally nomadic peoples who lived in the desert belt that stretched across the Sahara of northern Africa, as well as the Arabian Peninsula. Along with the portion of society that practiced polytheism, there were also populations that followed Judaism and Christianity. The beginnings of Islam came when Muhammad, a trader, was meditating in the desert and received a call from God. Muhammad wanted to share this message of faith, but it was not welcomed in his home of Mecca, where polytheism was the dominant religious practice. Muhammad fled to Medina, where he slowly built a large following. In 630 Muhammad returned to Mecca, and after several battles, was able to take control of the region. After his death in 632, Muhammad’s father-in-law became the leader of Islam, and during his reign he began a series of conquests into Syria, Egypt, and northern Africa. A little over a hundred years after the death of Muhammad Islam had been spread throughout Arabia, northern Africa, and into central Asia. This interactive map details that expansion, as well as the various campaigns that spread the religion after Muhammad’s death.
MV: The interactive Map is pretty interesting, so be sure to check it out!